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    can you fix my boiler (12 Posts)

  • suz suz @ 9:53 PM
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    can you fix my boiler

    service call: can you fix my boiler---leaking water
    picture #1 view of boiler
    picture #2 relief valve capped
    picture #3 wiring and vice grip
    picture #4 broken flange on pump --vice grip fix
    picture #5 adjustable forced air furnace limit control taped to return piping
    picture #6 over view of limit on return and vice grip
    can I fix your boiler?   Let me think about it (No No No)
  • TinMan79 TinMan79 @ 10:29 PM
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    Wow, This WINS!

    This should totally win! Who does that?
  • Oak Park Electric Oak Park Electric @ 2:56 AM
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    I would be running back to the truck...

    to either  (A). Get the sawzall and sledge or
                    (B). Get as far away from that place as possible.
    Wow... What a wreck.  This has winning potential
  • Jean-David Beyer Jean-David Beyer @ 5:56 AM
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    I look at this from owner's point of view

    It makes me feel so sad. Imagine it is some old person or couple unaware of their danger. Whoever was in charge of servicing this and let it get like that should be got for criminal negligence, at the least. Or attempted murder. Or fraud, for pretending to service something. And think of what it would cost them to get it fixed right. Could they even afford it? And what if they could not? This makes me mad.

    Or if the people who live there are renters, then the landlord should get the blast for these offenses.

    Almost makes me think the municipality should do compulsory inspections every year. Of course that leaves one at the mercy of the inspectors, and some of those are none too good.
  • Ironman Ironman @ 2:19 PM
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    How do you know that a service company did this? This is the kind of thing that I've seen home owners and their "repair buddies" do many times. I can't recall seeing a licensed Heating contractor ever do something this wrong.

    This one is definitely the winner.
    Bob Boan

    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • Jean-David Beyer Jean-David Beyer @ 3:32 PM
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    I do not know a service company did this.

    What I said was, "Whoever was in charge of servicing this ..."
  • meplumber meplumber @ 7:59 PM
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    You win.

    Hands down.  Scary doesn't describe it. 

    Relief valve oriented wrong and plugged.  Time bomb waiting to explode.
  • GermanPlumber GermanPlumber @ 10:49 PM
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    Nice Work. JDB you are right about the yearly inspection. In Germany this is done by the chimney sweep you will check emission etc. Normally the home owner will call us before . I think this should be done here . But there is a lot of people who wont like it also. But it would change how things are done. There are so many guys in the trade who have no clue but still go to a job and try to make money. Unreal system und the best is to get it out no doubt.
  • Mark Eatherton Mark Eatherton @ 12:45 PM
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    I like the methodology behind deration.....

    Looks like they yanked about 20 tubes out of the burner section.

    Wonder what the combustion numbers look like on THAT machine... Excess air any one?

    Congratulations on winning the contest. That takes the cake.

    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • Jean-David Beyer Jean-David Beyer @ 3:47 PM
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    Excess air any one?

    No excess air. They probably blocked off the vents to the boiler room because it got too cold there.


    When I bought my house, it had a oil burner in the garage. There was a vent right near the boiler, about 5 feet up from the ground. I know code says it has to be not more than 12 inches from the ground, but that would be about four feet below the top of the snow that fell Sunday night. The vent that is supposed to be 12 inches or less from the ceiling is actually about three feet down.

    1.) The former owner had plugged the vent near the boiler with fiberglass and a bit of drywall. He said that was to keep the expansion tank above the vent from freezing.

    2.) I had a professional home inspector check out the house before I bought it. He said I should block the other vent also to prevent the garage from getting too cold and chilling the house. There is about a one-inch gap under the garage door that he should have sealed, making the garage sort-of air tight. Had I done this, I bet the burner would not have worked very long. This guy was a licensed professional engineer.

    It is really amazing that there is that much stupidity going around. It explains a lot of things.
  • Big Will Big Will @ 6:59 PM
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    words escape me

    this is one of those instances were you have to stand back take it all in and then run like the wind. That looks like Macgyver on speed.
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  • Karl_Northwind Karl_Northwind @ 10:40 AM
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    So that piece of 3/4 inch steel plate on top of the boiler is either there as a safety containment device when the boiler goes, or the whole thing has been rigged to become a bomb and put that steel plate thru the bottom of a safe on the floor above.  the coolest bank robbery movie tactic ever!!!!

    seriously though.  WOW!!!!

    actually the vice grips on the pump flange are now the safety relief device. don't close that isolation valve.
    This post was edited by an admin on January 26, 2011 10:41 AM.
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