John E.Snyder III NJ Master Plumber Lic. #BI10916

IRON MOUNTAIN MECHANICAL,LLC Plumbing & Heating Contractor

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Iron Mountain Mechanical, LLC

Address: 132 Mt. Pleasant Road
Columbia, NJ 07832

Phone/Fax: (908) 496-4792

Log Cabin
Iron Mountain Mechanical was the General Contractor, with timing being a critical element, since the owner’s were under construction loan deadlines. We were able to organize the excavator, builder, electrician, painter, etc. and complete the project with time to spare. We broke ground on this construction project in May of 2006 and the homeowners moved in to their new log home in mid-January of 2007.

The floor plan is very open and all of the outside walls are solid log, which left us few choices to run heat piping, domestic water piping and waste and vent pipes. This required close coordination with the other trades in order to keep the job running smoothly and efficiently.

The heating system is a combination of radiant heat and hot-water baseboard. Heat and domestic hot water are supplied with an oil-fired boiler and boiler mate, which are also tied into an outdoor wood boiler that is used six-nine months out of the year for heat and/or hot water; eliminating an added fuel bill.

The radiant heat was installed on top of the subfloor on the entire first floor and is separated into four heating zones with four separate thermostats for optimum control of temperature in each room. After the radiant heat tubing was installed we poured one and a half inches of lightweight concrete called gypcrete over the top. This is a great way to install radiant heat because once the gypcrete heats up it holds the heat for hours; creating nice, even temperatures even on the coldest of days. An added benefit of the gypcrete is that it creates a fire-barrier between floors, also.

Because of the cathedral ceilings, lack of attic space and open floor plan, we chose multi-zone split system air conditioners. This system consists of condensers located on the outside of the home and multiple wall-hung units on the interior. The piping and wiring from the outside units gets hooked up to the fan units inside which then blow the cool air into the rooms. This system is ideal for this particular project because there is no need for duct work to be installed; thereby eliminating any bump-out for chases or dropped soffits.