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RE: Annie's Salsa Recipe (Follow-Up #105)

posted by: digdirt on 09.03.2011 at 03:03 pm in Harvest Forum

8 cups tomatoes, peeled, chopped and drained
2 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped green pepper
3 to 5 chopped jalapenos
6 cloves minced garlic
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp pepper
1/8 cup canning salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup apple cider vinegar
16 oz. tomato sauce
16 oz tomato paste

Mix all ingredients, bring to a boil, boil 10 minutes. Pour into hot jars, process pints for 15 minutes in BWB.

Makes 6 pints

A lot of changes have been made to this recipe. Some people like lemon or lime juice in place of some or all of the vinegar, that's fine. Some people leave out the cilantro, that's fine too. Some people add more hot peppers and fewer onions, fine as long as you keep the same total measurement the same. Some people leave out the sugar, that's fine.

Per Annie - I like it a bit sweet, kind of thick and chunky and not too hot. I like the flavor of the apple cider vinegar best, but others don't necessarily.

I do scoop out the goo in the middle of the tomatoes with my thumbs when I'm peeling and chopping, so it's 8 cups of chopped tomatoes without the seeds and goo.



clipped on: 08.09.2012 at 12:10 pm    last updated on: 08.09.2012 at 12:10 pm

RE: good primer for the price (value)? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: faron79 on 05.21.2010 at 01:27 pm in Paint Forum

Just call their stores and inquire about their better/best interior LATEX primers. Again, ignore the Contractor-grade/Professional levels....there's much better choices.

IMO...if you're going through the same set of arm-movements, I want the best stuff going on the wall.
Contractor-grades are nearly a waste of $$, for the same amount of work.

IN A WAY...the price of the primer "should be" almost irrelevant. The $$-value a top-notch primer/paint-job adds to the value, appearance, wear, and re-sale FAR outweighs the cost of the primer itself.
...kind of a no-brainer...



clipped on: 06.06.2012 at 02:53 pm    last updated on: 06.06.2012 at 02:53 pm

RE: Quote for Trane XL15i heat pump (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: tigerdunes on 07.09.2010 at 07:33 am in Heating & Air Conditioning Forum


it always bothers me that homeowners want to purchase quality HVAC equipment but are willing to take shortcut and save a dime on the best control for that system. if good humidity control is a concern, then look at my recommendations for thermostat. at the very least Trane's 803 or exact identical Honeywell stat 8321 would be my choice. The HW VisionPro IAQ would provide even better control with the "dehumidify on demand" feature as well as management of your heat strip.

I also would suggest a staged heat strip. Trane offers two sizes, a 7/12KW unit and a 10/15KW unit.

I would also recommend a good whole house pleated filter media cabinet with changeout lasting up to one year.

I would want a better explanation about the power kit and its function.



clipped on: 10.02.2011 at 12:55 pm    last updated on: 10.02.2011 at 12:55 pm

RE: Trane XL15i (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: tigerdunes on 07.05.2010 at 08:38 am in Heating & Air Conditioning Forum


a nice system. what is your location?

here are the numbers.

1383391 Active Systems XL15I WEATHERTRON TRANE 4TWX5024A1 4TEE3F31B1 25200 13.00 15.25 24000 8.60 13900

if you live in climate where heating is just as important, then the 39A1 air handler would have been a better choice.

Trane's 803 thermostat with overcooling or HW VisionPro IAQ stat with dehumidify on demand feature would have been better choices for thermostats.

what kind of run times are you getting with this system?

post back.



clipped on: 10.02.2011 at 12:33 pm    last updated on: 10.02.2011 at 12:33 pm

RE: Trane (XR15 vs XL16i) (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: tigerdunes on 07.27.2010 at 03:38 pm in Heating & Air Conditioning Forum


you have 2 1/2 ton system now?

I like Trane as I have dual fuel system in SC.

I would not have the XL16i.

I would install either the 2 1/2 ton XR15 or XL15i with best matching VS air handler.

On stats, my first choice would be HW VisionPro IAQ with outdoor sensor;2nd choice Trane's 803 or identical HW equivalent.

I would also go with Trane's two stg 7/12 KW heat strip.



clipped on: 10.02.2011 at 12:27 pm    last updated on: 10.02.2011 at 12:27 pm

Trane XL15i questions

posted by: masonatom on 03.05.2010 at 05:26 pm in Heating & Air Conditioning Forum

We are in the process of buying a new heat pump for our house. One zone, three floor townhouse. The existing heat pump is a 2 ton Carrier from 1984. We live in Alexandria, VA. Winters not so bad, summers require a decent amount of A/C.

Just wondering if I could some general impressions on the system we've been quoted on:

Trane XL15i 15 SEER heat pump 2 Ton - 4TWX5024
Variable Speed Air Handler - 4TEE3F3B1
Electric Heat Package - TBAYHTR1410
Trane 7 day programmable thermostat. (I don't know the model number)

Quote is about $5750, includes all installation, power and control wiring, sheet metal, refrigerant piping, and taxes. ($145 less for a non-programmable thermostat).

Does this seem like a reasonable quote and pairing of pump/variable speed air handler/thermostat? Anything I should look for to improve or change in this configuration?

Thanks for any help. I'm waiting on a few more quotes as well.


clipped on: 10.02.2011 at 12:19 pm    last updated on: 10.02.2011 at 12:19 pm

RE: Adding More Insulation to the Ceiling worth it? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: worthy on 01.12.2011 at 09:35 pm in Building a Home Forum

Dr. Lstiburek of Building Science Corp. recommends R60 for the roof. The payback calculator below may be of help.

Here is a link that might be useful: Payback calculator


clipped on: 09.19.2011 at 11:25 am    last updated on: 09.19.2011 at 11:27 am

RE: window tinting (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: guy_exterior_man on 04.20.2008 at 06:46 am in Windows Forum

You'll want to check with your window warranty to find out if you can tint the glass. In most cases this voids the warranty on any window glass. I've seen tinting damage the glass many times. It usually causes a stress crack on the exterior sheet of glass. I'm not sure why it happens, maybe Oberon will see this and explain the problem. He's the glass God around here. Good Luck!!!


clipped on: 04.27.2011 at 11:34 am    last updated on: 04.27.2011 at 11:35 am

RE: window tinting (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: livinwell on 05.25.2008 at 03:27 am in Windows Forum

Check with the window film company as well. Mine came with a lifetime warranty on the film, 5 year warranty for the window glass breaking due to thernal fracture and 3 years for seal failure. I could've paid about 80 dollars for the warranty to cover longer duration, but I figured 5 was enough.


window tinting Warranty
clipped on: 04.27.2011 at 11:33 am    last updated on: 04.27.2011 at 11:33 am