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Does this boiler seem piped right? (13 Posts)
Does this boiler seem piped right?I've been reading on this site and Dan's books how important boiler piping is and I'm wondering if this looks right? Or am I confused?
piping problemI would say not even close to the instructions. probably should use both headers, and put in a horizontal header with one feed from it to any main above.
Is the system noisy?
Doesn't look very goodThere is no header there. The header should run horizontally 24" to 28" above the boiler water line with a swing joint to relieve stress on the boiler from expansion/contraction. The two mains should each be tied, independently into the header. The equalizer should come off of the end of the header, after the mains, and the piping for the Hartford loop should run along the floor like the wet return and then come up so that there is a close nipple that ties it into the equalizerThis post was edited by an admin on March 19, 2014 9:25 PM.
Only thing they did rightwas to use black steel rather than copper. Hopefully you can re-use some of those pieces when you repipe."Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
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Auto FeederI find it interesting that the automatic water feeder is shut off as well. I bet there is/was a lot of water leaving that system.
auto feederVery observant. Wouldn't some it make sense to leave the auto-feeder off most times to make sure you noticed any leakage? Only turn it on if you're going to be away for a while as a safety?
Does this boiler seem piped right?Like I said, I'm no professional, but this is what struck me:
- No horizontal header
- Hartford loop / equalizer boiler side doesn't go down to the level of the return
- Return not connected to the Hartford loop with a close nipple, looks like 8 - 10"This post was edited by an admin on March 19, 2014 9:30 PM.
Looking for steam contractor in Boston areaSo this isn't my system. Sigh. I'm looking for a good steam contractor in the Boston area.
These pictures are right off the Facebook page of one highly rated contractor. They posted them themselves as an example of a job they did.
But he did measure the radiators. The first contractor I had in (highly recommended by friends) didn't do that. When I questioned the boiler sizing, I was told he had 40 years experience sizing boilers. But the boiler supplier could do a full heat-loss calculation if I wanted...
I service thereIf it is in CT or MA I service there. You can look at my ad from the link below.Cost is what you spend , value is what you get.
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Wow....That thing isn't even close to correct. Insulation looks really nice though.
thanks charlieI've seen a lot of good advice from you here, but you're a loooong way from Boston. I'd really like to have somebody nearby in case of emergency, and for annual maintenance
This might workIf you really want someone local you might try
He is in Milton and he knows whereof he speaks.
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not even close to rightGive Charlie a call. He will fix you right up, and properly.Serving Cleveland's eastern suburbs from Cleveland Heights down to Cuyahoga Falls.