Is theNew York Timesactually advocating homeowners install their own radiant PEX tubing "
I’m a regular news hound. I’ve been watching the headlines
diligently for the past few years for stories that make a difference to the
plumbing and heating industry.
This online article from today’sNew
York Timeshad me a bit worried, though. “Wall-to-Wall Warmth” by Home &
Garden reporter Jay Romano starts out innocently enough extolling the virtues of
warm toes and toasty floors. He even points out the green advantages of
hydronic over electric installations.
However, he’s soon advocating that
homeowners could put the flooring system in themselves “to save about $4 a square foot.”
I’ll have youread
the article for yourself, because I cannot even begin to interpret what stories
like these could do to our industry. I’m sure plenty of you have run into
situations where homeowners try to hedge as much as they can on an
installation. But I’ve always been of a mind that proper design, distribution
and control trumps saving a buck or two any day!
Comments are welcome below. What can we do as an industry to respond
to flippant suggestions that homeowners are capable of radiant flooring DIY?
How have you handled customers in these situations?
Do-It-Yourself Hydronic Radiant?!
December 18, 2008