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Charlie from wmass

Charlie from wmass

Joined on September 21, 2006

Last Post on August 11, 2014

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@ 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.

@ February 11, 2009 6:24 PM in steam pipe fittings

Mike I have no illusions as to where their loyalty lies. I Have been dealing with wholesalers since before I could drive to get to them. I am above the mason dixon line and only 2 wholesaler houses stock cast iron threaded fittings. out of 6 houses in the 40 miles around our shop. ANd they all sell boilers.

@ February 10, 2009 10:43 PM in how could this be?

Look above the corroded pump you may find a leak. f you want to find the leak look at the floor for the puddle not the sky for the leak. Unless it is a high wind basement go plumb straight up and theres the source.

@ February 10, 2009 9:48 PM in steam pipe fittings

It is getting to be like looking for blue steam around here asking for cast iron threaded fittings for steam. 2 out of 6 supply houses have no, none, nada for cast iron for steam. only the malleable we use for gas piping. They say the only reason to use cast iron is if you do not own a sawzall and need to alter the piping. I say B******* no own wants to do it right and they can not carry the extra few ounces of weight on a fitting. I also am well aware of the difference in threaded cast iron fittings for steam and Hub and spigot cast iron fittings. I have seen an old green house that had hub and spigot for the steam piping but that is another story. It calls for a road trip and the digital camera.

@ February 10, 2009 9:28 PM in cast iron boiler with bad female threads for vent .

Youe can try chasing the threads their may be enough meat left to seal a vent. I have used heli coils but never on a tapered thread. If you do tap it out to 1/4" be careful and take it slow.

@ February 10, 2009 9:22 PM in Customers Heating Bill Went Up After Mod/Con Install

I had one where the new boiler that was not working was 120k btu's and the house never got above 50 F if it was below 30 outside and several rooms never hit 40 F. I did the heat load as per the actual windows and walls in the home and used -10 for design temp and came to 360K btu's for the home. Yes it was a big rambling house from the 1700 and 1800's. With the new boilers and an increase in their therms rate they spent 10 percent more per month on their gas bill than before the new boilers. The difference was they did not need to wear a jacket and mittens to sit and open their mail.

@ February 10, 2009 3:08 PM in 37 zones of radiant heat...(JohnNY)

Job was well done and yet another debate over engineer ideals and actual real world engineering. I am sure if John had more say in the design the engineer would have made less money as it would not have looked as impressive. As far as pump orientation goes it is in the installation instructions as being OK. You know the paper that Taco puts in each box is not packing material. Cavitation is only going to be an issue if the pumps are all on at once, and they have room to pump away full flow.

@ February 10, 2009 2:46 PM in Fog Horn Noise From Mod Con

I had this on a pair of HB smith boilers it was due to the burners not be quite well tuned, I got a new analyzer and the sound went away. I guess for me it was a call to up grade my tools.

@ February 10, 2009 2:40 PM in Boiler Hole

Get a certified welder or replace the boiler. I vote for a new boiler. Holes like that are like cockroaches , if you see one you have a thousand under the surface waiting for the lights to go out.

@ February 10, 2009 2:40 PM in Boiler Hole

sorry double posted.

@ February 10, 2009 2:40 PM in Boiler Hole

Get a certified welder or replace the boiler. I vote for a new boiler. Holes like that are like cockroaches , if you see one you have a thousand under the surface waiting for the lights to go out.

@ February 10, 2009 2:22 PM in cast iron boiler with bad female threads for vent .

Depends on your level of skill with such things. It has been done but also I have been on calls were the home owner tried to tap the threads after drilling out to the next size up and they cracked the radiator.