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    We've been getting alot of calls for garage heaters this past month, and so far we have been installing all reznor UDAP forced air heaters. These are ok, but I'm wondering about the old plumbers tale that radiant tube heaters will peel paint off a vehicle if it is stored directly under the heater. I heard this from teachers in school ,and other pros in the trade. Just wondering if any of you have any literature or experience to back this up. Thanks

    BP
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    We installed 6 Radiant tube heaters in a huge taxi cab repair shop. All we over 50' long. The mechanics complained that they didn't work well enough so we lowered them 2 feet. They were hung about 18' high. Now when a cab is up on a lift for a few hours it's too hot to touch. Never heard about it peeling paint. Good thing our cabs arn't convertibles

    We couldn't use the forced air unit in this application. The shop had a paint booth and a body prep area. They were concerned that it would blow dust particles around.

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    • #3
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      They all have their required minimum mounting heights and clearances above, below and to the sides. If you follow the instructions you wont have any problems. Ive hung atleast a couple dozen and never had any insurance claims for peeling paint.

      Andy

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      • #4
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        if they are a small space try a hot dawg heater from modine
        Charlie

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        • #5
          Re: Radiant Heaters

          Originally posted by HVAC HAWK View Post
          if they are a small space try a hot dawg heater from modine
          did my first one tuesday, will post pics...
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          • #6
            Re: Radiant Heaters

            As promised, took me a while. Here's a 60k BTUH tucked neatly into the corner of a triple attached garage.


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            • #7
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              Looks good. Are those 2x4's that you lagged it too? The invisible gas line is slickkk

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              • #8
                Re: Radiant Heaters

                yeah 2x4s, tried to hit ceiling joists but no go.
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                • #9
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                  where does the fuel source enter the unit? and am i correct that the exhaust gases are vented out the sidewall? thanks. very neat installation.
                  there's a solution to every problem.....you just have to be willing to find it.

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                  • #10
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                    bigPipe, is that an HD60 or HDS60?

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                    "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
                    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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                    • #11
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                      i heard the same thing about paint peeling.

                      i wonder if it was a DIYer paint job?

                      Vince

                      let's not forget when ford used the wrong paint/primer on a bunch of their trucks in the mid-late 80's

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by bob d. View Post
                        bigpipe, is that an hd60 or hds60?

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                        hd 60
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                        • #13
                          Re: Radiant Heaters

                          OK, I'm looking at a HDS 30 or 45 for my shop. I think a 30 will be more than enough, but if I open the door and hang the heater so the output would be directed at the doorway it might throw enough heat out in the front half of the garage for times when I am working on the truck.
                          "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
                          John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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                          • #14
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                            If its a double I would go with the 45 to be safe, the price difference is only 20-30 bucks.
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                            • #15
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                              I'd like to note too, that unit i posted the picture of has a bad bearing in the blower motor, I'm waiting for modine to ship me the new motor. Not impressed.
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