Charlie from wmass
Joined on September 21, 2006
Last Post on December 8, 2013
@ August 22, 2009 2:09 AM in Where is,,,,,,While I do like checking out the wall between actual work and projects arond my place and fishing with my 6 and 9 year old sons I have been quite busy. I am now registerred on the new site so I will be back around a bit more.
@ August 4, 2009 2:30 AM in how can I calculate BTU sizing of Arco cast iron radiators by AmYou could post the size and I can look it up in my 1935 Arco manual.
@ August 4, 2009 2:17 AM in Plumbers - do you do drain cleaning?Bob we do not have many house traps in Mass. When we have a mainline clog it is a big deal. The last one I had I spent 4 hours pulling feces and toilet seat covers out of a 4" cast iron main. I filled a 5 gallon bucket before I had it loosened enough to push it with a wing and a pray into the 6" plastic main out in the parking lot. I was on an easy clogged toilet call. It was not the toilet after all. The main clean out was 45 feet from the toilet bowl and was covered with shelving units and carpet. the 6" pvc clean out in the parking lot was glue shut. This was less than a month ago. Did I get paid ? yes. Would I do it again? Not so sure. F.O.C. was so foreign of a group of letters I had to google it to know what it meant. Good deeds are one thing but charity starts at home. The other line I grew up with is this " the name is Garrity, no charity"
@ August 3, 2009 9:28 PM in Plumbers - do you do drain cleaning?Well since I am 37 and Da is 71 I gues we average a bit younger of a work force than you Rich but I guess with the gray hair I got I can pass for a bit older. I am amazed every day how smart my father has become since I was 20, he sure has learned alot. When I was 20 I thought drain cleaning would be a great add on to our business.
@ August 3, 2009 6:55 PM in Plumbers - do you do drain cleaning?I was not saying to rent on full time arraingment, I am saying FOr a few calls rent the unit and see if you have the temperment for it. I do not like draincleaning and 1500 to 3000 for a good machine to sit in the corner for emergencies I do not like dealing with is a lot of money. Also a used machine, even one used just once drops in resale value. So for the 4 or 5 times a year at the very most that I need a power auger I just rent. Even in my small town area one of the rental units has always been availible when I needed it, and often they are closer to the job than my shop is. If you find you are agreeable with do this type of work on a daily bases then by all means get set up with a good package. You will need a camera, a jetter, a good size mainline auger, a smaller unit ffor the 2"-3" size and a hand held for the sinks and bathtubs. So for about $10,000 you too can be availible for every stray personel hygene product gone awry and every rust out and corroded " I needed repiped when Johnson was President" sanitary system. I will stick to picking and choosing and renting when I need one.
@ August 3, 2009 4:12 AM in Plumbers - do you do drain cleaning?What you do not want to owner you can rent. We seldom do mainline clearing but if it is slow we rent a unit. The tech buys the sales man rents I think was an article a few years ago in PM magazine. If you find you are doing it often then buy a unit. you may find referrel or subbing may be better for you. Make sure you are up on your vaccinations.
@ July 10, 2009 4:37 PM in BIG UGLY Western Mass Jerry BashThank you Ruth but just got news it is going to have to be 2010 for me. I have to leave for the Boston area at 8 AM Saturday. I knew it was too good to be true that I had Saturday open. I may need to drop by another time. Thank you and I am hoping for a day lie we had over in Lee today for tommorrow for you.
@ July 9, 2009 12:57 PM in Copper tubing questionBob in mass it is L or thicker for potable. I have seen M on many pre code or none inspected jobs last for 30 or 40 years. That said I have some homes with L pitting through in 5 years. L is better but if the water is harsh Pex is even better. Copper is my prefered pipe but some places it has a very short life.
@ July 8, 2009 2:27 PM in BIG UGLY Western Mass Jerry BashI decided to read your first post, amazing the info availible on the net. lol I got all the answers Ruthe I will be calling later on. Thanks.
@ July 8, 2009 2:16 PM in BIG UGLY Western Mass Jerry BashRuthe is there room for last minute guests? This Saturday actually is going to be open for me and possibly a friend. I also realised I never found out the actual location of the picnic.
@ July 8, 2009 2:13 PM in Need advice for updating heating systemSteam that works is some of the most comfortable heat you can get. Lots of ifs with an old system that has been fiddled with. A good walk through by a heating pro who is familiar with steam would be the best way to answer what would be best for you home. you can email me direct if you would like to discuss your system in detail.
@ June 26, 2009 12:35 PM in Residential heat loss & Indirect water heaterIn some cases the load of the heater is greater than the heat load for the home. this is a time when outdoor reset would be nice but if it is a large indirect and a small home with lots of hotwater use the boiler is sometimes sized for the indirect. Also there are times when the heat loss falls between sizes of boilers availible. so the boiler is rounded up to allow for the what if factors. as long as we do not get carried away like folks have in the past.
@ June 26, 2009 12:27 PM in Inventory? (Dan H.)I find the less desirable parts and boilers are always in stock. I have not seen a time when I could not get a good boiler that was the right size for a given job. Most of my calls are we need it now. I also do not do the volume you guys on the Isle of Long do I am sure. We have a 2 story 30 by 62 shop with one and a half of it for parts we stock. It used to be hard to get parts easily around here now it is important to have the parts on hand at a good pricew for ourselves to make sure we stay in the black. you will wear out your truck patients and customers if you have to spend half your day searching for parts. I also realise on burners it is often better to upgrade the unit than repair an old one that next week could need 2 more parts. The total of the sum is much higher than the cost of a new higher efficent unit. Just my 2 cents.
@ June 17, 2009 10:02 AM in Hydrotherm KN 20 Series boilerThe Town of Lenox MA is installing this unit in their Grade school. Cardillo Mechanical in Pittsfield, MA is doing the install. Also the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield Ma has on or 2 up and running perhaps they can give you some info.
@ June 17, 2009 9:55 AM in Best Gas Fired Steam Boilerhttp://www.smithboiler.com/html/litlibrary.asp here is the link for Smith. the G8 brochure on the top of the list is the gas steamer.
@ June 4, 2009 5:45 PM in A question to plumbers,,What John said. Also add to that the replacement of new faucets the customer buys from the orange or blue store or even the internet that we install for them and they see how poorly they are made after a weeks time. The warranty is only good if you seldom have to use it.
@ June 3, 2009 11:03 PM in Best ,reliable/easy servicing z-valve?I figure if they want to save money pump it. With the IFC pumps Reliable life can make up for the extra piping you need to do. I use the tacos if I am corned into using zone valves. The choice of whats on the wholesaler shelf if the one I install fails makes it hard to go with any thng besides Taco or Honeywell around here.
@ June 3, 2009 10:53 PM in Another BeautyJust another day on the floating islands I would say. I have one I am working to get a repipe on and a control up grade. I will post some photos if they can find the cans buried in the yard to pay for the repipe. This is Buderus with radiant on 2 floors and base board on the main level. The circ for the system ran for 6 hours monday while I was doing other repairs. when I came back on tuesday it was still running. Apparently to "fix" the heat last year a zone valve was locked on. It has been that way since October. Of course all this system does is burn too much fuel. The onews you got can kill people Dave. Hope they see the light and repipe before they "see the light".
@ June 3, 2009 10:41 PM in 1 boiler zoned or two2 properly sized, installed, and vented boilers will save fuel faster than they will cost in upkeep IMHO. This is assuming both zones are each larger than the smallest availible boilers. if the 2 zones combined are quite small then it is a toss up. So that would be under 287 square feet for the 2 zones total. I am guessing you will be above that?
@ June 3, 2009 10:31 PM in New H2O piping in old houseI still like copper but time is money and money is money so pex would be the choice sadly. Just does not look nice with pex. The question is though how are the waste lines? may have to open the walls after all. even if I were to use pex I would still open the walls as you do not know what is in there as far as hazards for the new pipe no matter the material.
@ June 3, 2009 7:22 PM in best replacement for steam radiators and staying with steamBurnham or Governale can both get you new rads. I personally never have luck with used rads so unless they are going back into the house they are from I do not use them. I know many others use used all the time this is just my experience that it is less expense in the long run to get new ones to match the heat load of the room than to hunt down used ones.
@ June 3, 2009 7:15 PM in Your personal heating system?7 section 1971 weil mclain with an afg burner. tankless with a storage tank and hot water cast iron baseboard on the first floor and basement, slantfin base board on the second floor, a kick space with its own zone on in my bathroom. The boiler is slated to be up graded and the slant fin needs attention as it is noisy do to a few over looked things when Da's help installed it when he was at the hospital checking on my mum and I. He had to check on his heir to make sure I would be ready to get to work soon. So when the new unit goes in I will tweak the second floor. But since the Weil is not leaking and is burning around 650 to 700 gallons for both heat and hot water a year for 2800 ft or so of house it is not a priority.