Charlie from wmass
Joined on September 21, 2006
Last Post on December 9, 2013
@ 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.
@ November 29, 2013 10:44 PM in One Pipe Boiler System to A Two Pipeif the used one pipe you would be very cold.
@ November 19, 2013 10:20 PM in Any way to extract more heat from the exhaust?the boiler does it's job pretty well, that is why it can condense the flue gases.
@ November 19, 2013 10:03 PM in Weekly Water Addition by Automatic Water FeederIf this is like most Boston buildings I have looked at the return need help. Are there recievers pumping the condensate into the boiler? I so are they leaking? or over flowing?
@ November 5, 2013 9:20 PM in Proposal toIf you use Vent Rite #1 adjustable vents and slow down the larger rads vent speed and adjust the others as needed.
@ October 2, 2013 10:22 PM in Weird Pipe Threadsmaybe they tried to rethread the nipple and got it cross threaded.
@ October 1, 2013 8:32 AM in consultation on old steam system eastern connecticut areaCall me
@ September 28, 2013 5:43 PM in Poor Mans InsulationThe Kraft paper on that is not fire rated and poses a risk of spreading fire. Also note compressed insulation has very low R rating.
@ September 26, 2013 10:47 AM in Pressuretrol set right?pressuretrol. the one that operates your system. This one is set at an acceptable setting as an Emergency back up. Do you have another one?
@ September 26, 2013 10:43 AM in How's this for an Old-Timer?but I had to comment that they never used 6" nipples between the elbow and the header as we insist on today.
@ September 26, 2013 10:37 AM in steaming faster than condensate can return?Pictures help us find any glaring mistakes that can lead to this. Skimming is the first thing to try. How was the boiler sized? do you have the Radiator list with e.d.r. of each one?
@ September 26, 2013 10:30 AM in I think theres an issue with an installthen that is pretty normal for installations. It is WRONG, but normal as everyone down there seems to do it that way.
@ September 26, 2013 10:25 AM in Steam specialist in or near west-central VTI drive a fairly fuel efficient truck so I do pretty wide circle. You can call my cell # it is in my signature below.