Charlie from wmass
Joined on September 21, 2006
Last Post on March 5, 2014
@ September 5, 2009 12:55 PM in Need 2 boilers?I was thinking if it is way to big can you remove a section or 2 and bring it down to size? the shorter manifold could be purchased from smith. Just a thought. or do as the old timers did and remove and plug an orfice or 2. I have seen some way over sized units where 4 orfices were removed and plugged so the boiler the engineer speced did not steam the building into outer space. The 30% rule gets used a lot.
@ September 5, 2009 12:49 PM in radiator valvesDan not if they are angle valves. Also even if they were straight valves they would now have to fit in a nipple and a coupling as the valves are female flowing to male. I am willing to bet the pressure releif or the variable speed pump wil help with the squealing, or they need rebuilt and cleaned out. Are you positive they are backwards?
@ September 3, 2009 7:49 PM in Need 2 boilers?Why not use one of the fin tube units inplace of the bryant? Size it to the load and be done with it. I am talk something like an A.O. Smith water heater. with an insulated storage tank.
@ August 31, 2009 10:47 PM in Radiant snowmelt under wood deckTrex is so dense compared to wood it may work better. I know if it was under wood decking I would say no way as the chemicals leaching from the pressure treated wood would corrode the aluminum in short order. Also the use of snow melt agents would effect the plates. What if they made it a patio with tile or brick surface? Then you could set the snow melt as you would with any other system?
Check out page 17 of trex installation guide. Heating and bending is possible so loop temps need to be well monitored.
@ August 31, 2009 10:25 PM in A friend has radiant heat with outdoor reset.Dan in New Hampshire as in Berkshire County heat can often be maxxed out in the winter. We are talking -20 or colder design temps. I often hear from new residence in our area that they are paying far more for heat than they did in Long Island and for a smaller home here than there. Also has the boiler been tested for a clean efficient burn? Out door resets are what I would go to to save money. I know tekmar controls can also use indoor temps as feed back for the reset along with the outdoor sensor. This is to allow for quicker recovery from a deep setback though not to save fuel.
@ August 31, 2009 10:16 PM in Overpumped systemIt may have deposits in it. It is unlikely all pumps are kicking in at the same time. The tank may be small for the volume of the system. With the six zones even though they are small they may have a lot more water volume. I would try a pressure test of the system as you may have a small leak. Is the air always in the same zone and location?
@ August 31, 2009 7:36 AM in Overpumped systemLike what is the boiler and what is the size of the header. Also are there auto vents anywhere else or any leaks?
@ August 27, 2009 8:58 PM in What was the outcome?I am referring to installing a new steam system from scratch in a new home. I am well aware of the benefits of replacing a steam boiler with a modern well sized and designed boiler. Its what I feed my kids by doing. lol
@ August 27, 2009 7:45 AM in Looking for suggestionsThe one with the most qualified installer in your area with a good availibilty of parts, I am thinking you have a boiler not a furnace. As Boilers are hot water and furnaces are warm air. Or you could have a hydronic air system which some areas like. where you have an airhandler with a hot water coil. And in a few posts system 2K will be mentioned. LOL
@ August 26, 2009 10:41 PM in What was the outcome?I know at least a couple of new steam systems went in around here over the past few years. How did they work out? I am curious as to how cost effective they were in installation and in operation. I am also curious if the rads were new or used. I am not asking for specific numbers here I am asking for a yeah I would do it again or a it was just to say we did it and so the home owner could have a new toy.
@ August 25, 2009 3:01 PM in American Radiators ratings bookDan the one I have has the convectors in it I do wonder off the wall a bit as I like the old supply books. I have a good collection forming including the 1950's New York City Plumbing Code by Starbucks. The one I have is a 1935. Will take a few days for me to scan the whole thing. If I make it a zip file and email it to you will that work?
@ August 24, 2009 10:37 AM in American Radiators ratings bookDan what is the best way to get this book uploaded so you have the ratings available?
@ August 22, 2009 2:34 AM in Warranty / recall parts installTim the head company you are dealing with had a recall on another line of boilers they sell. They sent me the parts and a check for each boiler for about 45 minutes of labor. Since I had speced and sold the boilers I figured getting the right parts and having the system running as I had sold it was worth dropping a few dollars for customer relations. If manufacturers get burned too bad on recalls it leads to them wanting to keep their mouths shut. If I spec the boiler I take on some of the blame when it goes wrong and all the praise when it goes right. If it is a boiler speced and pushed by others, be it the engineer, the builder, or the home owner I make it clear if things go south with the unit they supplied or speced the unit. But in the end when we make profit from an item we have an obligation to accept part of the warranty on moral if not legal grounds. One more reason why figuring costs is so important in these litigious times.
@ 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.