Charlie from wmass
Joined on September 21, 2006
Last Post on March 5, 2014
@ February 3, 2009 12:44 AM in Onyx radiant tubingI do have one customer a former engineer for a former local boiler manufacturer who has onyx he installed himself to save money. He did not double back along the exterior walls and was borderline on all loop lengthes. He needs to run 160 plus to keep the house warm so I hope he is watching this.
@ February 2, 2009 9:03 PM in Runtal panel radiatorsJust make sure they do not get banged around. This has been my only issue with them and they leaked as soon as they were installed. Also use the proper fitting for attaching them. I have seen too many around here where 1/2" Pex by MPT adapters were forced int the rads with copious ammounts of pipe dope and teflon tape. It makes it hard to remove them when they need to be taken out. Also that dark stain on the floors under them bothers me a bit.
@ February 2, 2009 8:56 PM in new part time jobWatching Dans house while he is in Hawaii?
@ February 2, 2009 8:54 PM in This Old HouseThis old house is akin to speaking of all things evil in our home. Da got so tired back in the day of Bob on the show of hearing about it from customers he would ask them to call Bob then. If we were sued as many times as they are over homes I could be a non-profit too, infact I would have to be.
@ February 2, 2009 8:48 PM in new part time jobI was going to guess you are a new Dad but that is not part time. You are now a deacon?
@ February 2, 2009 8:45 PM in Heat Content and Steam PSIYou nay also find the tappings for the supply off the boiler are far to small to allow the steam to leave the boiler as it wants to. It is not alway a good thing to try and use a high pressure boiler at low pressure. You may find it cheaper to buy the boiler you need and sell this one to someone who needs it than to use this one for low pressure.
@ February 2, 2009 8:39 PM in Trapless 2 pipe (ME)Steam traps, do you have them?
@ February 2, 2009 8:37 PM in antique steam radiators/ dismantlingMaybe even a name off the casting too.
@ February 2, 2009 8:34 PM in No Heat from Panel RadiatorCould be "stuff" in the passages of the rad. Does it have a TRV or a bypass? old gravity systems can be dirty beasts inside.
@ February 2, 2009 8:31 PM in Home from SurgeryHere's to good technicians no matter the field.
@ February 2, 2009 8:15 PM in primary secondary -- pumping upstreamYes viega mixing stations http://www.viega.net/5144.html cut and paste this link for their page.
@ February 2, 2009 7:55 PM in Mixing ValveCheck valves darn I should have known that one. We used to have to pipe in chack valves before they were stocked that way around here. It is nice having the unions too.
@ February 1, 2009 11:32 PM in The More Heating Zones Myth.My issue with panel rads is stemmed from bad experiance on my first few. I installed a whole system for a family where the Husband knew the wholesaler and bought the whole system from pex to rads to Buderus boiler himself. I install the system and everyone was and is happy. I then got a few customers to place panel rads in choice locations in their homes. Of the 12 I purchased 8 had leaks. That soured me. The units had been miss handled between the factory and my job sites. I never blamed the manufacturer but I am not gun shy about using them. I feel you can over zone but it does not cause excess fuel usage(IMHO) but excess electrical usage. Over sized boilers are a whole nother debate. With the recent cold spells over sized needs to be reexamined. I have rounded boiler sizes up for people and I got 0 calls from them even in the coldest weather about lack of heat. I did have several calls for other installers systems where some zones needed to be shut off just so a few thermostats would come up to temp. I am not sure the 7 section vs the 6 section boiler would have wasted that much heat. But it would have reached design temps.
@ January 31, 2009 10:24 AM in Pressure never buildsIf this is the size of the rads then you are right on with boiler size. 8 of these ( first picture) if they are 26 inches high are 392 sq ft. 8 if they are 23 inches high are 336 sq ft. If the system is heating the home well do not worry about the pressure as long as water use is normal and you have no leaks. Comfort is the question here. How clean is the water? It may be the boiler needs flushed out so it is not actually making 380.
@ January 30, 2009 7:08 PM in Mixing Valvehttp://customer.honeywell.com/honeywell/ProductInfo.aspx/AM101R-UT-1 Here is the specs from honeywell. I say it is a good valve but you can read the description yourself and decide.
@ January 30, 2009 5:28 PM in Steam versus Hot WaterI must say my own church just did as yours is looking to do. I was very disappointed but they got "great" rebates from the local gas supplier for switching from oil. Teaches me to not go to church every Sunday. The driving force for the change was based on how noisy the old system was. I did not find out until I read the news letter after the job was done.
@ January 30, 2009 5:23 PM in Pressure never buildsYou will need pics of rads, pics of near boiler piping, and height and number of sections of each rad. yourr boiler should produce 380 sq ft of steam depending on the series.
@ January 30, 2009 4:25 PM in Pressure never buildsIt may be the boiler is sized very close the actual EDR. trhe first question is are there any leaks? The second is the piping typical and as per manufacturers recommendations? Do you know what the EDR is for your system?
@ January 30, 2009 4:02 PM in A dollar an hour (Dan H.)Too bad the labour laws do not allow that. I think that is what some low bidders hope to earn though.
@ January 26, 2009 10:23 PM in Need a pro who likes BEER!Must be a plumbing trait as My father and I both are home brewers. Started back in the days when it was hard to find real beer in the stores.
@ January 26, 2009 10:21 PM in H.B.Smith stopping productionis it the same place that makes the trio boiler for FW Webb?
@ January 22, 2009 2:03 PM in water heater or boiler for hydronic app?Joe it sounds like you are using the tankless on the boiler for domestic water and radiant heat? They need to be seperate for safety on the domestic side. Also a domestic coil may not have the capacity to heat the radiant zone.