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Charlie from wmass

Charlie from wmass

Joined on September 21, 2006

Last Post on July 21, 2014

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@ April 14, 2009 2:51 PM in 37 zones of radiant heat...(JohnNY)

Heather please read the whole post. If you scroll down a few lines you will understand the handle.

Here is three gens of our clan.

@ April 6, 2009 7:46 AM in Faces with posts.

Pick me out!

@ April 4, 2009 1:41 PM in design question for pros

Clammy around here many design for 200 to 210 for water temps when bidding systems. Means short baseboard and almost no chance to use a ODR properly when changing in the future. We design for 180 max water temp for radiator and baseboard jobs. I also see many 120 to 140 degree radiant floor installs. Makes it hard to compare apples to apples when bidding. New regs will just mean more rules that wil be ignored.

@ March 30, 2009 10:33 PM in Workboots-OT

I prefer 6" American made boots (Wolverine or Chippewa) without steel toes as they tend to cut into my toes and I Had the misfortune of seeing one too many pairs needing cut off of folks who over estimated their protection rating. I also like boots with limited tread as when I go in and out of homes the ability to not carry 3 pounds of dirt in on the soles of my boots is appreciated.

@ March 30, 2009 10:25 PM in Steam to Hot Water Conversions

Lee going with new boilers, possibly 2 units.or four units 2 for each zone would be one way to get a grip on who is using what for heat. The multiple boilers would allow for a more accurate heat load match and also provide backup if a unit should drop in January at least the building will have some heat until it can be up and running.

@ March 27, 2009 3:32 PM in Bradford white Products

Out here I can buy Bradford white for the same or less than any other heater. Sticking with none box store units of course. For me it is a matter of who is closest to the job site, Bradford WHite or State. I like that Bradford White is wholesale or no sale.

@ March 27, 2009 9:34 AM in Buderus rads with pinholes

Mark you said at an earlier accelerrated rate, I am wondering if they have expected life span for these items? My father staunchly is against these panel rads as per concerns of this nature. I do prefer perimeter baseboard of good quality for hydronics, but i feel i am being a dinosaur untill i start reading posts like these.

@ March 25, 2009 2:26 PM in use condensate as baseboard heat

but it comes down to not getting what you didn't pay for. seldom are there many free heat ideas that actually work.

@ March 25, 2009 2:19 PM in Mothballing a boiler, literally!

Mark watch those ultra sonics. I had a customer who used them and a squirrel managed to enter the home through some loose hardware cloth. It acted as a trap door, it could get in that way but not out. the ultra sonics drove the squirrel crazy and it tried chewing through every window sill in the house to get away from the ultra sonics. By the way insurance does not cover rodent damage no matter how severe.

@ March 25, 2009 2:19 PM in Mothballing a boiler, literally!

> and I too was a skeptic, until I applied them and
> didn't find or see any signs of Mickey's in my
> two cabins, where before there was PLENTY of
> signs.
>
> I have a bunch of those inhumane
> sticky traps around and have not caught hide nor
> hair (pun intended) since placing the
> ultrasonics, so in my case, they worked. Now, if
> you have mice with small ears, or deaf mice, it
> may not work...:-)
>
> The bad thing about those
> stickies for mickey's is, that if you catch one,
> you have to dispose of it in the trash
> immediately.
>
> I had caught some mickey's on
> the stickies a few years ago, and had placed the
> capturies outside on top of my trash can so I
> could bag them for disposal later. When I went
> back later in the day to zip lock them for
> disposal, they were gone. Later that weekend, I
> saw a big magpie flying around with a white
> sticky stuck to it's beak!
>
> Whooda thunk!
> I now will zip lock them and dispose of them
> immediately...
>
> Bird was having a hell of a
> time flying ;-(
>
> ME

Mark watch those ultra sonics. I had a customer who used them and a squirrel managed to enter the home through some loose hardware cloth. It acted as a trap door, it could get in that way but not out. the ultra sonics drove the squirrel crazy and it tried chewing through every window sill in the house to get away from the ultra sonics. By the way insurance does not cover rodent damage no matter how severe.

@ March 22, 2009 10:38 PM in \"HoneyGirls\" new ride

Norm when is it getting upfitted? You know letter it get a ladder rack. Cross over toolboxes I better weil McLain will co-op you funds for lettering it. Cute photo!!

@ March 22, 2009 10:29 PM in Challenge to All on the Wall

ME I must say my favorite way to fix a radiator for a paying customer is to call Governale. Over the years I have been burned to many times trying to repair rads of customers I do appreciate the work taken to try and keep these parts of the past alive. One of the first jobs I had out of high school with Da was a dreaded steam to hot water conversion on a bid contract. Tainted me towards working on old rads. I will be reading this and enjoying all the work you guys do. I do wonder if copper plating would help seal the holes in an old rad.I also wonder if chrome plating would be helpfull for bathroom rads.

@ March 19, 2009 11:03 PM in Single Best Tool Purchase

They make an 8 foot rule I prefer that one as I do residential a lot so that covers me most of the time from floor to ceiling. Yep I am called a dinosaur for having a folding rule but when working alone it is nice to not need to hold the flopping end out there for an accurate measure. I actually prefer 16 foot for tape measures, less weight hanging on my belt. But single best purchase is my 12 inch knipex I stand by that.

@ March 19, 2009 1:14 PM in how is the work load in your neck of the woods?

Well Clammy being liberal is relative. the liberals now are far right of the liberals of the 1970's and before. Times like these are good for getting stuff in order as times they are a changing. I find I am getting many calls from folks who simply need it fixed once and correctly, less low bidder take our chances stuff, more I need it to work and I need it done right. As always Quality sells. Disposal products are fine when things are flying high. The cost is forgotten long before the quality.

@ March 19, 2009 1:02 PM in Single Best Tool Purchase

KNipex pliers. they last and they are strong. rigid wrenches and dies are always great. But those pliers are as good as I have seen.

@ March 19, 2009 1:01 PM in nyc master plumber

I have a copy of Starbucks NYC plumbing code book in my archives. Nopthing wrong with a hard test for a license, I have seen too many states where the difference between master and journey man license was the filing fee.

@ March 14, 2009 8:17 PM in ugly, but works well...ever try these?

They work and in big old buildings they work well. I like how they look as they save money for the owners of the system. My first time installing trv's was in 1991 and we installed them on an old beast of a system with a cinverted Smith mills boiler originally coal fired changed to oil. The oil bill dropped 30%. that kind of savings makes themlook real pretty. This boiler was running a tankless for the domestic on it and they still had that kind of savings. New owners came from Cali and ripped out the steam and put in sanyo wall units or some such product cut holes in the 1800's era stone walls so they could have ac and be rid of the "ugly" radiators all together.

@ March 13, 2009 4:58 PM in low returns to new boiler

Thanks Steamhead I will look that up. the question now is , as it always is, do they want to pay to fix it properly or are they going to live with the issues.

@ March 12, 2009 11:08 PM in Off topic

Wow those bilge pumps must be amazing. wonder the gpm's they do. Dang I guess only a wet head would look at those pics and think that. Does anyone else check out the heating and plumbing systems when they go to a museum with the missus?

@ March 12, 2009 11:04 PM in low returns to new boiler

I think I know the answer but want to throw this to you guys to confirm. The boiler was replaced 3 years ago not by me. The new systems near boiler piping is a mess but I know that. What I am trying to figure is how to raise the water levels in the former wet returns. when the new boiler went in the far returns are now above the water line. I plan on causing a false water line by coming into the boiler room and jumping up before dropping to the return inlet at the Hartford loop. I will make sure the return is vented well so it does not siphon dry. But short of drawing pictures am I on the right track. I would prefer this to busting concrete or running 12 individual returns back to the boiler room so I can join them below the water line. The boiler room is 2 feet below the cellar floor and the boiler is a foot below the boiler room floor. No I do not have pics right now. Thanks Guys for your input. Charlie

@ March 12, 2009 10:41 PM in Using Cascade dishwashing liquid to clean boiler before draining

cascade should not foam as it is for a dish washer. Now Dawn would be an issue.

@ March 12, 2009 10:39 PM in RUMBLING PEERLESS 63-03 STEAM BOILER

Some plumbers do know how to do steam. Some also can run a threader too. I have seen several professional Heat guys who can not install a boiler whether it is steam or hot water.