Charlie from wmass
Joined on September 21, 2006
Last Post on March 5, 2014
@ March 5, 2014 10:00 PM in Carlin Gas Conversion or new oil tank?it is one of the golden rules that keeps things civil on here. I still say it is good money after bad to put a conversion burner on a biler as old as you have.
@ March 5, 2014 2:06 PM in Why not a cut in of zero?the setting marks lack it so we need to make it close to zero yet as Chris said, not so low as to allow the system to breath.
@ March 5, 2014 2:01 PM in Carlin Gas Conversion or new oil tank?call me. I know a bit about steam boilers.
@ February 28, 2014 12:27 AM in Cast Iron Radiator Valves - Adjustingif it is only one you have steam heat. If it is two you may still have steam heat. Do you have a glass tube on your boiler to check the water level?
@ February 28, 2014 12:23 AM in Apologies and explanationI had a supply line to a tub and shower valve I was replacing decide to simple blow apart at the coupling that was installed 20 years or so ago as I was about to put in the new valve. The bathroom is on a third floor in the building over from the mechanical room with the main shut off valve in it. Tomorrow is another day, as write I realize it is tomorrow I better get to bed.
@ February 28, 2014 12:12 AM in Low pressure steam, but long burner cyclehave you tried to flood the boiler to check for a leak? I know of a few boilers that were sending up plumes of steam through the chimney yet still heated the dwelling just fine.
@ February 28, 2014 12:04 AM in No Pressure and Water Losstie together below the water line of the boiler. from your drawing your first boiler was a snowman type with a really high waterline. Also make sure you install properly located mainline vents.
@ February 9, 2014 10:12 PM in No Pressure and Water LossCan you post a photo of how the boiler is piped?
@ February 8, 2014 4:46 PM in Brown Vari Vac SystemI am not getting far with the one Steamhead listed, first one wants a system plan from an engineer, second says no pumps this small, third has not returned my calls or emails. Yet I am moving forward still. I am making contact with pumpguy to see what he has to offer. I will check out Nash Jennings. As for natural vacuum, the system is designed with no venting as the pump does that for it. So that would mean backed up air for the start of the cycles with out cutting in lots of new venting.
The originall control panel and valve for controling vacuum are in place, I just do not know if they can be rebuilt to work yet.
@ February 6, 2014 9:12 PM in Brown Vari Vac SystemI have a 1250 EDR system I am looking to add the vacuum pump back onto. Getting a run around trying to get a vacuum pump for this, any ideas guys? The original pump was replaced with a condensate reciever by a heating contractor who "new more" than the original engineer with his fancy expensive stuff.
@ December 31, 2013 2:48 AM in Is Carlin EZ 1 Steam Gas Conversion worth $$$$The aluminum liners can corrode from leftover soot in the chimney from the outside in. also being an oil boiler it will still have left over soot no matter how well it is cleaned out. The Stainless is not that much more then the aluminum to make changing it twice a good investment.
@ December 31, 2013 2:34 AM in Newbie Homeowner with half-working one-pipe steam radiatorsOften it is a venting issue if the boiler has run fine in the past and the problem is a new one. How old is the boiler and what is the fuel source? a photo of theboiler may help even more then a picture of the radiators.
@ December 9, 2013 10:19 PM in Copper Press FittingsI do not have help working for me. My time is what I sell. If I had to deal with help I am not sure I would trust them with a torch.
I can't see what the big deal is with soldering a few fittings for a boiler change out. Most boilers I change are steam so it is iron and threaded. When I change water boilers most do not use more then 1 1/2" pipe for the manifolds so I just solder them. The boilers I trouble shoot are often installed with press fittings and the fittings are not the issue, the improper installation practices are.
@ December 8, 2013 11:22 PM in Emilio's steam pipe insulation journeyalso notching the insulation will be fine for around other pipes and hangers. If I do the insulation I grove the inner face to accomodate the hanger but that is just me being fussy. Tape at openings to prevent the air from flowing is important as the air currents will carry off BTU's, like little drafts.
@ December 8, 2013 11:18 PM in Probably a question you are asked alot..is it much North of there? Sure I go that far, just as Jamie said this is a busy time of year I would need to work it into the schedule. Call me in the evening we can discuss the details if you like.
@ December 8, 2013 11:15 PM in Copper Press FittingsI am saying why would I use a turbo diesel in a model T? If you want new and you do not want to solder quit using copper altogether. It is like using copper for residential DWV. Why bother plastic is better? Why spend thousands for a tool that will need repaired, replaced, or made obsolete soon? Embrace the future and leave the old stuff to the dinosaurs like me. I enjoy threading iron, I prefer sweating copper. I prefer my labor to equal my material, even exceed it sometimes. I prefer paying me not my beloved wholesaler.
@ December 8, 2013 11:44 AM in Wet return loop needed before entering the Equalizer??do you not see the issue with the dry returns connecting above the waterline?
as for a water seal, it needs to hold back the boiler pressure from pushing steam under normal pressure back up the return pipe.
@ December 8, 2013 11:39 AM in Copper Press FittingsIt goes with working on steam and vapor systems. If I did a lot of new work I may exam pro-press. I think press copper is a half step to me. Why use pressed copper instead of pex? If you want to save costs in material and labor why use copper. Pex is also not going to corrode like the copper will. Also the pex will take a freeze where the copper will not. As for iron press fittings I just shake my head. If you do not want to thread learn to weld or use Aqua-Therm. Again no flames, no heavy lifting, no corroding. If it is for gas then use CSST.
@ December 7, 2013 7:43 PM in Probably a question you are asked alot..I will go anywhere to install steam. I charge what I always charge, plus travel, plus andy special licensing I need to get if it is a one off for a given area.
As to the original post. Photos would help. Dan's books will help you a lot!!! Hiring Steamhead or one of the other pro's that do steam would also be a good idea if reading is not your thing.
@ December 7, 2013 7:21 PM in Emilio's steam pipe insulation journeyKeep the joints nice and tight to prevent air flow and all will be great.
@ December 7, 2013 7:09 PM in Copper Press Fittingsiron press fittings too. If I want quick and cheap I will use pex. Of course I still thread up to 6" iron so I am a dinosaur.
@ November 29, 2013 10:47 PM in Steam riser: flange or coupling?that is why we use flanges over 2". Also using 3/4" wrenches is easier then the 4' pipe wrench when tightening up 4" pipe.