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Charlie from wmass

Charlie from wmass

Joined on September 21, 2006

Last Post on July 28, 2014

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Two reasons converting may not be good money

@ July 28, 2014 7:54 AM in Burner Conversion Question - Weil-McLain P-SG0-3

1. Boiler is installed poorly, and under or oversized.
2. Boiler was not maintained well and has a shortened life.
Photos of boiler would help make a more accurate assessment.

If a system is properly installed

@ July 21, 2014 7:56 PM in Can I add hydronic furnace to steam system with IWH?

and reasonably maintained there are seldom emergency service calls. Some people are happy to have me go to P-town or Rutland Vt. others choose to go with local people. There are several listed in find a contractor closer than I am.

Why not raise

@ July 4, 2014 4:39 PM in Two pipe: concerned about one radiator

the inlet valve? Would not that be easier and put the radiator to match the others?

Non Faulty logic doing a heat loss

@ June 30, 2014 7:37 AM in Need to replace big old galvanized pipe with pex

will let us know what temperature the heating fluid needs to be to meet design temperatures. Heating the room is a relative term. Savings can be had if the owner is lucky enough to find the room can be heated with say 150 degree F water as opposed to the 180 degrees it has been running.

From your drawing

@ June 30, 2014 7:26 AM in One Pipe Steam - What Is This?

that is a drip from the main supply. They dropped it to provide a trap to keep the steam from entering the return unless there was a high steam pressure.

Johnny I do not yet use propress

@ June 29, 2014 12:15 PM in Aquatherm piping

I was looking at a job the owner is in a huge hurry. I have also walked away from the project but I am going forward with getting certified for Aquatherm installation.
I was looking at 2 1/2" mains with many 3/4" taps for each zone. I am a dinosaur when it comes to steam craftsmanship and gas piping. I am willing to grab onto the future when it comes to water distribution.

tired of swings

@ June 22, 2014 1:33 PM in Hot water first floor, luke warm water second floor

I gave up on trying to repair a swing check a long time ago.

yes

@ June 21, 2014 10:41 PM in Hot water first floor, luke warm water second floor

You found it! Look up spring check and use that to replace it. Yours is a swing check.

no Ice the motor mean nothing to the problem

@ June 20, 2014 7:26 PM in Hot water first floor, luke warm water second floor

I just pointed it out to gauge the installers lack of detail as when the seal goes it will leak into the electrical box and cause issues. The poster closed the valve on the recirculating line and the water got hot. I am betting on a bad check valve.

how about over head work

@ June 20, 2014 7:13 PM in Aquatherm piping

looking at 2" to 1" for lateral branches with 3/4" out to each unit. That I think I would go with propress copper for though. I will be tying into fintube and the return will be in the baseboard.

thanks guys

@ June 20, 2014 7:10 PM in Some days I get a little burnt out

I have no plans on doing anything else for a living, I even joke if I hit the powerball I would still swing wrenches and trouble shoot. Just sometimes it gets to be not as fun. Bill when it comes to oil burners you always come to mind when I have a question so I consider you the saving grace for the oil burner techs. If you lived closer to me I would just refer them all to you. and just keep my tech license for emergency use.

the cheap scoop I can explain

@ June 20, 2014 5:41 PM in Hot water first floor, luke warm water second floor

I know many people who suffered from leaks from the "good" air separators, including my self. The iron pipe was to keep it neat and save on material costs. the recirculator motor not turned properly and I am guessing no check valve in it or on the line is a clue the burner was not checked with a combustion analyzer either.

water does not flow through the cold port

@ June 20, 2014 3:46 PM in TT Smart 80 & Prestige Solo 110 Summer Gas Usage

unless the pressure is lower on the outlet port of the mixing valve compared to the cold water pressure. If you do not open a faucet cold water can not enter the system. the return water comes back, the hot water goes out. Please just insulate your hot water lines.

it is an easy fix at least

@ June 20, 2014 3:38 PM in Hot water first floor, luke warm water second floor

direction are included in the link above to fix that.

do we get a like button

@ June 20, 2014 12:38 PM in I finally bought a brick

it would save time and let others know who others agree with without having a long winded "I concur". Also a this answer worked button would be nice. Thanks to you Dan, this is the place I can go and see I am not alone in this industry.

please read item #2

@ June 20, 2014 12:34 PM in Hot water first floor, luke warm water second floor

in the following link.
http://www.taco-hvac.com/uploads/FileLibrary/102-054.pdf

buy a brick

@ June 20, 2014 12:29 PM in Hot water first floor, luke warm water second floor

http://www.heatinghelp.com/products/Buy-a-Brick/32/172/Buy-a-Brick

then buy a new check valve for the return line.

Tankless coils work just fine IF

@ June 20, 2014 12:27 PM in turn down boiler in summer when I only need hot water?

They are installed and piped properly. Aside from the cost of fuel oil being so high, they should always work. The one in my fathers own house that he installed new in 1971 gives a continuous flow of hot water until the boiler runs out of fuel. I can take an hour long hot shower at his house, get out do, do dishes, wash laundry, and have my kids shower without a cold shower. If your tankless is not providing this kind of hot water it is not working properly. Does it waste fuel, yes it does as you are warming the chimney all day long, but it does also make your boiler stay dry and it to not have the stress related to cold firing. So you burn fuel, not boilers. You need to decide which is more cost effective for you. I prefer a cold fired boiler with an indirect water heater. Ice prefers keeping the block warm. Both have their merits and faults.

When you get a chance give me a call

@ June 20, 2014 12:13 PM in Aquatherm piping

My cell numbers right on all my posts. looking to just have 3/4" take off to the units from a reverse return main lines on each floor with a simple return set up floor to floor. Zone valves for each unit and common areas with flow setters and constant circulation off outdoor reset controls and variable speed circulators. I always used the 4 feet per second rule to keep the head low, does this apply to Aquatherm as well?

Hot Rod I bet it is just

@ June 20, 2014 12:07 PM in Hot water first floor, luke warm water second floor

a mixing valve like the AM10.

Delta T

@ June 20, 2014 12:05 PM in turn down boiler in summer when I only need hot water?

That is the difference in temperature. If the boiler temperature is too close to the target temperature you will not make enough hot water to supply your home. Reducing the standby temp of the boiler can save fuel, yet it reduces the capacity to create hot water. A stand alone water heater may be a sensible answer for you, especially if you have a different fuel source such as natural gas.

sigh you know Ice is really good and smart right BC?

@ June 20, 2014 12:01 PM in turn down boiler in summer when I only need hot water?

The cord goes to the thermostat that controls the circulator pump. when the tank cools the circulator turns on and charges the tank. Please realise other people have good workable ideas that differ from what you think you know.
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