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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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@ 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.

@ January 21, 2009 2:25 PM in Effikal flue damper

The Smith boiler I had the issues with had an effikael damper. I have it locked open until I see if there is a better option. Electrical units and flue gases do not go well together. waiting for the Wallies to hash out what the options are myself.

@ January 19, 2009 1:53 PM in The MONSTER truck show must go on

We just had this at the end of last year near me. So much for common sense. I will admit I own rifles and grew up around guns but never saw then as family fun.

@ January 19, 2009 1:49 PM in WEIL MCLAIN GV 5 SERIES BOILER

Like your town Gary. I spend many date nights up your way. Always entertaining. I also like the bbq down that side street is it pearl st ? any ways nice town to walk around. A decade or so ago I did some work in UMass Amherst running gas lines in a lab but now I just go up your way for fun things.

@ January 18, 2009 4:05 PM in Heating poor family

It may open up a box but at least you can expect the contents as oppposed to getting a 12:00 am call with them. what was the old boiler the sgo replaced?

@ January 18, 2009 3:54 PM in WEIL MCLAIN GV 5 SERIES BOILER

THe grand town of Lee famed exit 2 on the Massachusetts turnpike. Where are you out of Gary? As far as pumps if you are using zone valves you can use the boiler pump according to the I&O from weil mclain. I prefer zoning with pumps as I have had poor life expectancy with zone valves in my experiance, yes I know the pros and cons as far as power usage but I feel I am hired to provide economical and reliable heat and comfort and circs work for me.

@ January 18, 2009 1:14 PM in Intermittent No Heat (Steam/gas)

I just had one on a 2 year old Smith that was turning in circles for a full minute before stopping and firing the boiler. I am not convinced this weak link is worth the savings. I am thinking that power burners and wet base is the way to go for me in the future. What is the expeirience you guys are having with power burner gas steam systems? Aside from conversions they are rare around me.

@ January 18, 2009 1:08 PM in New steam Ng savings

As everyone else says it depends. Often times the savings are from having a more accurate size of boiler, better near boiler piping and servicing the distribution system so steam can go where it is needed but also not go where it is not needed as in using TRVs instead of open windows to reduce the heat in units. The additon of staged firing or staged boilers and outdoor resets can also add savings.

@ January 18, 2009 1:00 PM in WEIL MCLAIN GV 5 SERIES BOILER

Darrel you have not seen his first born yet do not be so hasty.

@ January 18, 2009 12:39 PM in Heating poor family

Have you tried flushing out the steam mains? A drop header will dry the steam and with the unions it should not be a big deal to install. Weils seem to produce steam really fast for the volume of the boiler and this is why they also use receivers built into the returns to add water volume to the system. If she is adding water where is the water going? You may want to install a tee and drain on the return at the hartford loop for draining and flushing. IS that 2 1/2" on the riser and header? This could be the issue as there is only on riser with it only being 2 inch it is cause high velocity steam so it is blasting out the crud from the system. What is the pressuretrol set at?

@ January 18, 2009 12:28 PM in Apocryphal story

In eastern Mass some roofers found silver dollar bills the old blue notes. It was quite a find. They of course lied about how they found them, did not tell the owners but did tell the media and made up a wild story of finding them in a box in their back yard. They went to jail and the owners got the money. I hope the roof did not leak, at least they can pay for the new one. I will look for a link to the story. I have only found hidden booze bottles and the odd coin. Da was in a crawl space under a building and found two boots burried toes up to look like it was a body. The boots were quite old and it was not until we were done that Da pointed them out and checked for bones in them. He also found a burlap sack with a dog or wolf skull and two brass candle sticks. Not sure why they were there but the still are there far as I know. looked like bad JuJu to move them.

@ January 17, 2009 6:47 PM in Get it in writing?

We also make sure the customer sees the manufacturers piping diagram and knows where the I&O manual is located for future service. Insist on a proper EDR of your system and for iron pipe. Also make sure the chimney and breeching are addressed in any quotes. Where are you located?