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Charlie from wmass

Charlie from wmass

Joined on September 21, 2006

Last Post on April 14, 2014

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@ February 17, 2009 7:33 PM in Boiler piping problem

Anne you have a full steam system right now, with some work around the boiler you can have a very nice quiet, efficent system. You need to realize you installer new next to nothing of what they were doing. When your system is finally fixed you will love steam I am sure. Take a deep breath and try talking with a Michigan steam pro.

@ February 17, 2009 6:28 PM in system 2000 combustion chamber

Easy answer is change the boiler. I advise that in most cases it behooves one to not use the fuel supplier for service. There are exceptions but I see less issues with well trained private techs then fuel supply techs. Totally bias view point is admitted.I am also not a fan of the system 2000 boilers.

@ February 17, 2009 2:00 PM in pulled threads

Dan sounds like when my boys fight over a toy. it goes away for awhile until they can play nice. Thanks for the outlet and inlet for information. I especially like knowing that despite what my wholesalers say I am not the only one who ever had an issue with product X or Y.

@ February 17, 2009 1:55 PM in 1 pipe steam & 2 questions

Never say never. pressure trols can go bad and yes it could be wiring. get a pro to check it out Bob as saftey relief is your only protection if boiler over fires. lots of the system can be messed up before relief blows off.

@ February 16, 2009 11:34 AM in New Boiler Install w/pics

Anne water is to be turned off once it is filled to about halfway up site glass!!!!!. Please contact a pro maybe even search the list on this site. Where are you located

@ February 16, 2009 11:26 AM in water in steam boiler

Get a pro to look it over. could be clogger site glasscocks. If it is float type LWCO it will kick on if you flush it out. the piping to that could be particially clogged.

@ February 15, 2009 1:37 AM in outdoor resets

John what is the brand of boiler you have? SOme have outdoor resets that are plug and play

@ February 15, 2009 1:35 AM in Use D.H.W. coil or electric H.W. for hot water

No Joe we do not all agree. the man has oil so saving and getting a new boiler of good quality would be his best bet. Kevin I actually have a tankless feeding my electric water heater. of course it was done this way when I was 8 and oil was expensive here and electric was cheap. I have a mixing vale after the tank and I reciculate back to the coil. I have a welder outlet run from the waterheater breaker as I have not had it wired for many years now. I have the boiler on the replacement list but I find it a point to be able to say my 37 year old boiler is firing 81 % and no leaks. I would not have a customer do this as I would be affraid their system went down when they did not have the option to change it. I have the luxury of being able to change mine out when I want to even look forward to it. My boys could learn a few things watching me and the customer would not complain about kids on the jobsite. So after a very long round about story. Kevin if you want to save money get a competent company to change out your old boiler with a good cast iron boiler and run an indirect heater sized for your usage and get a good return on your investment. BTW is it steam or hot water?

@ February 15, 2009 1:22 AM in Some people you just can't please

I am still haunted by the hole in the bath spout job. She insisted on a hand held shower head. She has 55 pounds pressure in her basement and a decent flow of water. but the shower is on the top floor. 20 feet higher and 70 feet of 1/2" copper later by the time it winds around the basement and up stairs. And she wants to know why the 3/4" supplied first floor shower has a stronger flow.

@ February 15, 2009 1:13 AM in What think? Tankless Hot Water

neil hows your water? what heats your home now as there are other options. I do not install tankless units unless a gun is held to my head as we have some wonderful mineral rich water here in berkshire county and no one likes water softeners. the reciculating line is a good idea if over 75 feet away in mass it is required. reciculating lines often use small electric water heaters when you have a tankless unit. I say stay tank type and invest in insulating hot water lines and recirculating lines.

@ February 15, 2009 1:07 AM in Invention Help - small, lighter flame catalyzed heating system

I think you need the bomb making forum. We heat homes blowing them up is another place. is aluminum oxide one of the components used on the hindenberg?

@ February 15, 2009 1:00 AM in Need tips for boxing in HWBB

Sorry Devan I get a bad feel when people think they can custom cover perimeter baseboard. Carpenters never seem to get the idea that these things need access and cleaned. why not just bury radiant in the walls with climate panels and be done with it?

@ February 13, 2009 12:39 AM in water heater

Paul this is not normal. It is doing as it is designed but it should not suck in air when it is running. The hard part of using this tank with a steam system is maintaining the water to the top as it is above the water lind of the boiler , well I am guessing it is. WHere are you and what is your issue you are having with hot water. Pics of piping may help clear up whats going on.

@ February 12, 2009 10:43 PM in Question for contractors

So how was the soup? That's what I want to know.

@ February 12, 2009 10:13 PM in logomatic for dummies

jd what is the out door temp right now? 95 maybe all it needs to heat

@ February 12, 2009 10:03 PM in New Heating System Planned??

If a mod con is used on a non low temp designed system the reality of 90 percent plus efficiency is not there. Steam also does not use anywhere near the electrical consumption of steam. The parts are simple and the piping if done well can be zoned by the room with out the tear out of a radiant system. I see way too many alleged radiant systems that cost a fortune to maintain. If done well either one can heat well and quietly. One just needs to realise what is involved and what the options are. I am waiting for the system 200 guys to chime in now how their boiler is better than any mod con. 300 guys 1300 ways to do the job. One will be right for this home owner. And as a end note I still like perimeter base board the best.

@ February 12, 2009 7:53 PM in my solar cup boileth over

I was thinking, dangerous I know, but if the flat plate in flat plat heat exchangers had a rougher surface. Some thing like a hammered finish would the heat better? you know more surface area to absorb heat and more angles for the radiation to bounce of from instead of simple angles? P.s. if anyone uses this idea and it works be so kind as to at least say thanks.

@ February 11, 2009 10:27 PM in Trane classroom ventilators

thanks much Tim

@ February 11, 2009 7:26 PM in Near Boiler Piping-Need desparate help please critique

For Now we have a bit of a break as the local natural gas supplier is out of the service and installation bussiness. O am not betting it will last much longer but plenty of others step up to fill the "void". It is hard when we as contractors walk into calls like this. I had one last week the home owner was so proud of their steam boiler. The installer who I know and get along with told them no one around can do steam and they were lucky to find him. The header runs along to a 90 on its side right into a reducing coupling then to the 90 that drops to the hartford loop. the 90 on its side is down hill from the first 90 on the riser. I drained the extra 30 gallons of water out of the unit the home owner had put in . Clean the sight glass the home owner warned me always broke when the installer removed it before and made sure the burner was firing correctly and kept my mouth shut. When I asked if the system made much noise I was told "Only trhe normal banging until it is warmed up" Was it wrong of me to keep quiet , maybe, but it was not in copper and it was 90 percent correct. No point in making an enemy over such a thing. That being said if its missing a riser it is missing a riser. If the I&O for the boiler says pipe it this way then short of using a drop header it should be piped as suggested. Better than suggested is always nice but as suggested is the least they should do, the least they can do is much less we know that.

@ February 11, 2009 6:53 PM in Trane classroom ventilators

So who can I get ahold of for the I&O's for these units they are UV classroom units guessing they are from 2000 by the inspection tags inside them. They are copper fintube units with fresh air intakes and the manuals are nowhere to be found. Thanks for any help you can send my way.

@ February 11, 2009 6:48 PM in steam pipe fittings

I am also under 40 and I learned real quick what a rule is for and how to read it. Ever had to duck from a flying 2 inch nipple? and know that was your ride home and the person sitting across the potatoes from you who tossed it. The Malleable fittings the try and sell us are malleable not the high pressure fittings. I am in a land of non-pipe fitters who think running 3/4" copper to a three foot section of compak base board and adding a vent on the end is how to heat a bathroom on one pipe steam. I have a customer that a bean can over a bad vacuum breaker on a two pipe steam was the answer for 4 years until the can rusted through.right is not a word used much around here.

@ February 11, 2009 6:29 PM in Question for contractors

Make sure you are backed by good delivery people. that is my pet peave. Do not show up at my door expecting to sit and bs at 8 am or noon. If you have a deal mail it to me call me and leave a message or email it. Not saying I am antisocial just I do not like bsing during work hours. If you can find me a line of american made fittings and other supplies let me know.