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Hi, I have a question regarding in floor radiant heating I was hoping someone could answer. A house I recently purchased has a in floor radiant heating system powered by propane gas on the main living level. The completely finished basement is heated by electric baseboard. I would like to run coax cable, telephone/ethernet cabling up to multiple rooms on the main level from the basement, as only one room has and cabling in it on the main floor. So my question is does radiant floor heating generally run the whole square footage of the floor on the main level? Or does that type of radiant heat generally not run under interior walls? Many of the interior walls down in the basement line up directly with the walls on the main floor, so my question is would I generally be safe drilling a hole through the floor inside an interior wall down into the interior wall in the basement? Thank you so much for any information or help you can provide.

Generally speaking, radiant floors are not installed under cabinets, partition walls and when run under foundation or load-bearing walls, are sleeved. The best news is that radiant tubing, used outside of concrete slabs, is usually relatively easy to repair and without long-term consequences.

PEX repair is any easy matter.  

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Morgan M. Audetat


Radiant panel heating design, including floors and ceilings, European wall panels and snow melting for residential and light commercial buildings..............................................................-Master of Steam and Hot Water,City of Minneapolis....................................................--- Master Plumber, State of Minnesota...........


30 years..... Charter Board Member - Radiant Panel Association, former manufacturer of condensing boilers, former national distributor of radiant floor products, son and apprentice of mechanical & plumbing contractor. Current mechanical/plumbing contractor specializing in hydronic based, integrated HVAC systems. Radiant floor heating/cooling. Snow Melting. Condensing Boilers. Indirect water heaters. System design, consulting and technical training world-wide. Licensed contractor, designer, installer and consultant.

B.S. University WI 1981 CONTINUING EDUCATION: Viessmann Condensing boiler and Solar water heating certification 2010, N.D.S.U. Lead Worker RRP certification 2010, Knight condensing boiler certification 2009, Wrightsoft Manual J CAD certification 2009, RPA Designer & Installer Certification 2008, Nate Hydronic/Forced Air Certification 2008, Uponor/Wirsbo advanced design school certification 2007, Buderus Wall-hung certification 2007, Power Limited License (low voltage controls) 40 CE credits 2005, Basic Hydronic Certification IPEX & Northern Alberta Institute of Technology 1998, Charter Board Member - Radiant Panel Association 1994, Residential Off-Electric to Hydronic Conversion Heating School Canadian Hydronics Council 1994, B&G Little Red School House 1993, Rood Utilities (now Auburn Technical Institute) Oil Burner School 1993 ,Tekmar Controls residential and commercial 1993, Division Manager and Advanced Hydronic Seminar Instructor for the first Exclusively Hydronic Radiant Floor Distributor in the USA 1990, Hydronic Radiant Heating Association Workshop participant with Richard c. Bourne, PE spring 1988, Master Plumbing, Hydronic, Solar Course Red Rocks Community College 1987.

Awards and Honors
2009 System Showcase Award - Radiant Panel Association

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