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  • Dan Holohan Dan Holohan @ 3:18 PM
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    Purpose of this pipe?

    Here's one I've never seen. This is a riser in a 1930-era vacuum steam system. The contractor replaced it because of leaks and this is how the pipe looks in cross-section. I need to tap into the Big Brain for this one. Thanks.
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  • Dave in QCA Dave in QCA @ 4:06 PM
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    Webster ??

    Dan, is this that Webster pipe in a pipe riser?
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  • Dan Holohan Dan Holohan @ 5:40 PM
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    Don't know.

    I'm not seeing it in their books. Thanks. 
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  • gerry gill gerry gill @ 4:09 PM
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    Can he determine whats

    at the base of the riser fitting? the origin point, i mean.
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  • Dan Holohan Dan Holohan @ 5:39 PM
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    I'll ask.

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  • gerry gill gerry gill @ 6:50 PM
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    Attached is the patent for what Dave is talking about i believe.

    It was much later than the published warren webster 1922 book..it would or should have that distinctive base..again that doesnt mean this is what you have there..but maybe it is..and when it comes to patents the company only has to hold to the 'spirit' of the patent, thus the design can sometimes change quite radically from what was submitted as long as it accomplishes the same principle etc..again, this may or may not be what you have there, but i think it is what Dave was talking about and is why i was wondering what the base looked like.
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  • Dan Holohan Dan Holohan @ 7:37 PM
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    Thanks, Gerry.

    I've seen that and it's wonderful. Amazing that they managed to go out of business, isn't it?

    Waiting to hear from the contractor about what's at the base of the riser. Stay tuned!
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  • cn30 cn30 @ 12:17 AM
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    Condensate return?

    Well, since the riser will only have steam and water in it, and steam needs space, I would guess that thing is for condensate return to keep most of it out of the steam. If so, it's likely on the side of the pipe in the direction the pipe turns horizontal at the top, say into a radiator valve or horizontal run. Just a guess.
  • Hap_Hazzard Hap_Hazzard @ 6:26 AM
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    That's what I was thinking

    But the only advantage to that would be that you could get higher steam velocity without affecting condensate return, but they could have just used a bigger pipe. I can't see an advantage that would justify the expense of producing a specialized pipe like that.

    Dan, did you say what the diameter of this pipe was?
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  • Dan Holohan Dan Holohan @ 11:38 AM
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    Diameter

    is 1-1/2"
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  • Jean-David Beyer Jean-David Beyer @ 7:06 AM
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    Purpose of this pipe?

    Long ago (1940s or 1950s?) there was a company that advertized copper tubing. Instead of being extruded as most (all?) of it is now days, it was made of sheet wrapped around in about 3 layers and the whole thing welded. I seem to recall it was called Bundy Copperweld, but Google has not helped me. Anyone remember that stuff?

    Now maybe that tubing was not meant to be like that, but it had a manufacturing defect that caused it to bulge inside like that.
  • Dan Holohan Dan Holohan @ 10:48 AM
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    Here's a link to Bundyweld

    http://www.heatinghelp.com/article/152/Older-Radiant-Heating-Systems/1113/Bundyweld-Tubing

    The steam pipe does look to be too uniform to be a bulge, though, doesn't it?
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  • Dan Holohan Dan Holohan @ 10:38 AM
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    Contractor answers:

    THE TAKE OFF FROM THE MAIN IS A STANDARD STEAM FITTING.   THIS RISER, AND LEAK, WAS ON THE THIRD FLOOR,
    STANDARD STANDARD TEE WITH A 1" TAKE OFF TO PICK UP SOME RADIATION.   THE RISER CONTINUES ON UP TO OTHER FLOORS.


    COULD IT BE THIN WALL PIPE ,ONE INSIDE ANOTHER, THAT JUST BULGED FROM DIFFERENT EXPANSION RATES???

    DOESN'T SEEM LIKE IT BECAUSE THE "BULGE"  IS UNIFORM THROUGH THE PIPE.   I'M REALLY FISHING ON THIS ONE
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  • Charlie from wmass Charlie from wmass @ 10:53 AM
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    Is it butt welded

    pipe? If the pipe is old enough and but welded it could be the sheet the pipe was folded from had a streak of slag in it and over the years it worked into a bulged as the inside would be hotter then the outside layer. Did he find any mrkings on the pipe like manufacturers name or a colored stripe?
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  • Charlie from wmass Charlie from wmass @ 10:40 AM
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    As I look at the photo

    I think defective pipe too. If I were to come across this I would have assumed, perhaps incorrectly, that it was just poorly made. The odd shape inside would have negatively effected the steam flow. That may be why it is leaking.
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  • JohnNY JohnNY @ 8:18 AM
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    Here's a guess:

    If that inner, isolated channel were to run the length of a vertical riser, and were open at the top and closed at the bottom, one could tap into the near-bottom and add a vent, thereby venting the top of the riser with a vent on the steam supply in the cellar. I guess it could also tie in to a vacuum pump for that matter.

    I could be way off, of course, from what it's actually been doing.
  • Charlie from wmass Charlie from wmass @ 11:00 AM
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    air is heavier then steam

    also condensate travels on the wall of the pipe and the steam up the middle due to capillary attraction with the wall shape it would interrupt that normal flow. I would love to see the idea behind the pipe if it is not just a mistake. I looked through my old supply books and I have found nothing, I asked Da and he says it is a messed up pipe. I am really looking forward to the answer!
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  • nicholas bonham-carter nicholas bonham-carter @ 12:32 PM
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    Separate channel

    Could it be a conduit for a pumped vacuum?--NBC
  • JStar JStar @ 5:13 PM
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    Pipe

    Is there any marking on the outside? If not, how could it accurately be used for any type of inner channel?
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