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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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@ December 18, 2008 9:42 PM in Replace Peerless or install Prestige and fork over another $4k?

Bob you may be on to something there. I always had fun as a kid scaring my sisters by blowing through the flex supply tubes.

@ December 18, 2008 9:39 PM in drop header pics?

Tim I was looking at the Smith piping diagrams and they want the F&T trap if you drop into the main off the header. If you can go with out a drop into the main off the header and maintain the pitch you do not need one.

@ December 18, 2008 9:22 PM in Low Water Cutoff

Yes this piping does cause wet steam. I would suggest getting a pro in for an idea on what it will take to get it running the way it should. CHeck out the posts under Sleepless in Boston.

@ December 18, 2008 9:09 PM in drop header pics?

Drops are awesome for what they are made for. tight dimensions to the water line and header. also they dry out the steam for the high fired small boilers. They also add joints for expansion between the sections, this is what I like about them. But they are not required if you have proper piping near boiler and into the mains. If you follow the diagram with the boiler and you meet their heights you should be fine.

@ December 18, 2008 9:03 PM in \"Stupidity\" wins again

Thanks for taking the time to share.

@ December 18, 2008 9:01 PM in Replace Peerless or install Prestige and fork over another $4k?

The best of equipment is not worth a dime with a poor installation. and vice versa. Being sorry may not be what you need in a contractor, Being competant and familiar with the equipment is. Remember most high end boilers need special piping and wiring for the most out of your boiler.

@ December 18, 2008 4:17 PM in Radiant Cooling on a Dubai Beach

I would say the hotel will need lots of hot water so perhaps the could go geothermal for domestic water production and even use the heat to produce steam for electrical generation? Solar cells could also be used to shade areas for the electrical needs. It would be ironic how few green house gasses they could end up producing if they thought things through all the way.

@ December 18, 2008 4:07 PM in Day The Earth Stood Still

Wait they are letting engineers on here? I got to talk to Dan about this right away.

@ December 17, 2008 10:26 PM in Gravity HW?

Just because the system is old does not mean it was ever put in right to begin with. I would check the layout to proper standards in some of the old manuals out there or even an old Starbucks book to make sure things such as pitch and pipe size are correct. The orfices are not guaranteed to be the right size. Be careful of the valves!!

@ December 17, 2008 10:16 PM in heating water and pumping it to multiple aquariums

Salt or fresh water? Also what kind of temps are you trying to maintain? Third where are you located? I am guessing you are loooking to reduce your electric bill as warming 1600 gallons of water is like heating a small pool. I would look into a pool heat exchanger.

@ December 17, 2008 10:10 PM in Need a PRO plumber/gas fitter in Quincy MA

I wish I had known I was in Rockland and Braintree today. Parent teacher conference with my oldest sons school. I am do that way every other week as for now. Funny to get homke and see a search for the same area. Hoadley, in Rockland seems to have a good reputation down that way for gas work. If you are ever in a pinch Norm I drive a tacoma so for the right job I will be happy to travel.

@ December 17, 2008 10:10 PM in Need a PRO plumber/gas fitter in Quincy MA

@ December 15, 2008 11:45 PM in Lead in Domestic Hot Water -- Hot Water Heater?

sacrificial anode rods are not used in stainless steel heaters to my knowledge. 1950's 50/50 solder was solder of choice.

@ December 15, 2008 11:07 PM in Comments on \"The Pump Book\"

Looks good just hard to read the pump curve chart on page 21, maybe they could seperate the chart into 3 charts one for each line of pumps?

@ December 15, 2008 10:58 PM in I`m Curious Bradford

Maybe this will help?

@ December 15, 2008 10:54 PM in I`m Curious Bradford

It is an air vent for the radiator.

@ December 15, 2008 10:36 PM in Any way to convert from manual to automatic water feed?

Yes. Automatic feeds are available. They are installed by heating contractors. We do not like them in the way folks forget to look at their boilers when they have them and then forget to drain the low water cut off devices each week. Dan has many wonderful books for the neophyte. Check the online store here. We have found over fills more common with auto feeds than with manual feeds.

@ December 15, 2008 9:31 PM in Lead in Domestic Hot Water -- Hot Water Heater?

Brass fittings and faucets that are stagnent leach out lead. often with the indirect heater style you have brass couplings are used to connect to the heater to reduce leaks at the tank. 50/50 lead solder and lead supplies from the main all contribute. The water department should be able to confirm what the supply is between the main and you meter.

@ December 15, 2008 9:17 PM in well pumps

it calls for a deep set hand pump Not sure where you are located. electric pumps need a 4 inch hole most of the time for deep set applications. It may have also used a rod pump. Like the ones they use with the windmills. Dean Bennet supplies these things out in the west. I am sure they can ship.

@ December 13, 2008 1:38 AM in steam boilers

CHild proof, frost proof. fire proof are all possible. Heck even radar and nuclear proff are availible. Idiot proof nope.

@ December 11, 2008 4:42 PM in Radiant heat system recommendation

Please look for a professionel as I have seen one too many online purchases cost twice as much to fix as a good system would have cost to install. Viega makes what we use for all our installations. matched with a good boiler it will save a lot in the long run. what is your fuel choice? Also if cost is an issue why not install perimeter baseboard for the temp house? If installed well with a low temp design ( more fotage of heat emmiter than is commonly used) it can be quite efficent. Also 2 by 6 walls may be worth the added cost.

@ December 11, 2008 4:32 PM in What is this?

If it is on the domestic coil some old timers used them for anti hammer devices. watch it was the water is turned on and off by the washing machine and it will jump.