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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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@ January 30, 2009 7:08 PM in Mixing Valve 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 Water

I 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 builds

You 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 builds

It 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 production

is 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.

@ January 22, 2009 1:52 PM in This Historic Day (1/20/09)

Mr Eayrs I come from a long line of informed working class people. We often debate history, politics and other world events. I feel that political debate often goes awrye on computer forums unless it is gang mentality and follow the leader. I see them both as bad things by the way. I feel most contributers to this forum have a good repoire. I just would prefer it stay that way. There are plenty of other forums for political disscussion on the internet. To be truth full I would rather sit down to a pint and debate with Mr. Harvey then a poli sci major any given day. I know I have a few in the family.

@ January 22, 2009 1:12 PM in Where's the G-8??

here is a link to smith literature. The G8 is the top file on the list.

@ January 21, 2009 11:30 PM in radiator banging

Bob are you sure it is a steam radiator valve on the unit? Some lower end hot water radiator valves can cause water to pool in the radiator. Also as ROd said make sure the valve is actually functioning properly

@ January 21, 2009 11:25 PM in cycleguard lwco + 2-pipe vapor

ROn I agree I was hoping it to be field programable. even perhaps a few micro switches for choosing what suits the system. as in if there are great returns then allow a longer run between tests or if return piping is not so good then test on the basic schedule.

@ January 21, 2009 11:19 PM in H.B.Smith stopping production

I am sorry to see them going as I liked the idea of them being made just down the turnpike from me. The ironic thing is they are the one boiler line I find hardest to find a distributer for here. I know there number one distributer in my region. I just never found their number two. My girlfriends house has a H.B. Smith steam system complete from the day they got central heat including a Smith snowman (102) and Smith steam radiators. There is even an old hot water generator in the steam main, now disconnected though.

@ January 21, 2009 11:12 PM in DIY Install-Not Good!!-PGP

As my Da says "If they did it right what would you be doing today?" I had a customer and class mate and friend of the family insist he was going to run his own tubing for radiant heat. He also bought his distibution panel online pre made from some place out west. It looked pretty I will admit and the tubing, Onix, was hung nice and straight. the thing was where he had the manifolds was 10 to 30 feet from the distibution panel. He also was told he did not have to double up his loops for the half wall height in from the outside wall as it said in the I&O. Well they were right he did not have to, but he now has to run 170 plus degree water to heat through his floor. Also what the manifold cost to ship and the cost of the parts was considerably more than I would have charged to install the related piping and controls had it been from scratch. Well happy sawzalling. and at least you can save the good name of radiant heating in the end.

@ January 21, 2009 11:02 PM in water heater or boiler for hydronic app?

Do you know a mega steam oil boiler can reach 86% AFUE? The buderus should save over a tank heater. I know water conditions can be fixed the issue I tend to have is people do not fix them or forget to maintain things such as softeners or neutralizers.

@ January 21, 2009 10:53 PM in Boiler Design

Gee I hope not. I am curious why one would want such an item though. Aside from noise why put the unit in the weather kind of hard to keep heat loss down on such a unit.

@ January 21, 2009 10:45 PM in cycleguard lwco + 2-pipe vapor

Garret the lwco test cycle is a good idea if you have the float type already installed and you are comfortable in temporaially pulling the cycle guard out for a test run then try it for a week. I would be concerned if the unit was not going to be watched for that time as there is no point in messing with it if it is heating the home evenly. insulating pipes checking for leaking steam vents and what not may help you realize the savings you are looking for. The warranty may require the cycle guard though. It is a lot of money to spend for the other cycle guard if the manufactures tech dept can not give you an answer to fuel savings. Tekmar has a control the D269 that may help but not sure the savings will be worth the investment.

@ January 21, 2009 10:32 PM in Going in for Surgery

Best of luck. Heres to a quick recovery.

@ January 21, 2009 10:29 PM in This Historic Day (1/20/09)

I figured since the subject was broached why not drop in my 2 cents. That won't even buy a cuppa these days but I felt a differing opinion was worth dropping in. Hypocritical I am aware but still with in the realm of free speech.

@ January 21, 2009 3:00 PM in This Historic Day (1/20/09)

Well I am amazed that people say Obama was voted in due to his race. I think this day showed that despite the overt racsims in this nation we as a ppeople are embracing the hope of the future. I do not think two candidates more exemplified the divide between ties to the past and ties to the future as the two men who ran in this past election. while I respect the technical knowledge shared on this board I feel politics should be left elsewhere. As far as customers choosing one proffessionel over another due to poltics this is nothing new and while Mr. Harveys statements will drive away some it will call to others and we all have that right. JUst as some join the Rotary, the Lodge, the elks, the Fire Department, or even choose there Temple for business propogation. I respectfully choose to celebrate the election of a half white, half black 100% American who can articulate an idea to the office of these United States and I welcome an era of Hope and Welcome the demise of an era of fear. We will always need to be mindful of those who wish to do us harm as a nation but I do not believe fear sits well as a motivator for me.

@ January 21, 2009 2:45 PM in where is the quality control??

I have been an apprentice since I was able to use the toilet on my own and for the first time last year I had a noise complaint on a Taco 007 circulator brand new out of the box. I of course thought it was air or a bad flow check. but no it was the circ. there was a sand hole in the casting and it was making noise. The pump was replaced and taco stood behind their product but I was simply surprised. We have had leaking gas valves on new boilers. tank in tank stainless steel indirects leaking between the boiler water and domestic water. All products were backed by their manufacturers but it is still an issue for us as a small shop. THen I think why are we a small shop? Because it is hard to watch over a herd of employees and maintain the level of quality we desire. I think considering the pool of employees availible for the quanity of production these companies do they are doing ok. I also feel recycled metals are part of the issue in quality control. Have you ever tried to solder an old piece of copper? It can be done but you better do it by the numbers. Just a theory of mine.

@ January 21, 2009 2:30 PM in the professionals

WHen you call us Mr. Garrity does the job. SO far it is CHarlie or Charles who shows up or in the future it will be Charles or Charlie or Paul who shows up but even when we do have folks working for us we hold them to the same standards we hold ourselves, maybe why we stay small, but if you call a pro from this board I am sure they will give you a job held to the same standards as of the top dog came off the porch and handled it themself. If not tell them and they will.