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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 2, 2009 8:54 PM in This Old House

This 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 job

I 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 PSI

You 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/ dismantling

Maybe even a name off the casting too.

@ February 2, 2009 8:34 PM in No Heat from Panel Radiator

Could 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 Surgery

Here's to good technicians no matter the field.

@ February 2, 2009 8:15 PM in primary secondary -- pumping upstream

Yes viega mixing stations cut and paste this link for their page.

@ February 2, 2009 7:55 PM in Mixing Valve

Check 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 builds

If 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 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