Charlie from wmass
Joined on September 21, 2006
Last Post on March 5, 2014
@ November 20, 2008 10:47 PM in US Radiator Corporation Boiler/Furnace - what do I do now?Dale the only real manual you will be able to find will be for the oil burner its self. The will be from beckett burner. THe boiler its self will require generic water boiler care. A new boiler is clearly in your future, no point driving that point. The old units do look pretty and impresive.
@ November 20, 2008 10:34 PM in Convector - how many BTUs ?http://www.rittling.com/literature/catalogs/cabinetconvector_0305.pdf This should give you a close idea to btu out put.
@ November 12, 2008 7:06 PM in valve picture & questionlooks like a flowcheck to me but kind of a grainy picture. is there a nipple and cap off the bottom? How is the water flowing into and out of this thing?
@ November 12, 2008 7:04 PM in Radiant Heat run by water heater troubleYou will need to get quotes from local contractors. Have you used the pro finder on this site? Yes more heat equals more electricity. double powerout uses double power in. A gas boiler set by a qualified contractor should save you money in the long run or at least heat your home for no more than you are spending now and being cold. There may also be rebates with local utility companies for converting to gas.
@ November 12, 2008 6:58 PM in So... What are you listening to today?Pink is on the cd player, yep hostile female voices so soothing.
@ November 12, 2008 6:52 PM in Top Ten Germiest JobsGuess you never stopped into a daycare in the cold season. Yuck is all I have to say. Ands I was sawing a plug off earlier in the week off of a plugged mainline cleanout, and I say glad I am a plumber.
@ November 11, 2008 6:56 PM in Surprise! No InsulationFoil was sold as a reflector for the heat. It does not work as advertised but it is cheaper than insulation to buy and install.
@ November 11, 2008 6:26 PM in Further mysteries of the 1906 K-M-C Vacuum SystemChristian have you sized your heat load, found the square feet of steam the radiators require? It may be the boiler is sized for insulated pipes and hybridizing a system can lead to issues.
@ November 10, 2008 11:06 PM in Convector - how many BTUs ?Do you have a height on the units and a tube count?
@ November 10, 2008 11:03 PM in Found this todayDo I get a prize or just the accolades of all who witness my feat?
@ November 10, 2008 10:51 PM in Need help with changing ignition transformerPrice should not be commented on here as we are all over the world with many different costs. We also do not know any of the related costs involved with the case as far as overtime, special burner, poor conditions, and what ever the tech saw. I cannot say it is fair price or not but I can say at least it would have been fixed that day. This is the cost of hiring a pro instead of DIYing a job. If things go wrong with the burner and an unlicensed person works on the unit how is the insurance going to a veiw an thing related to the unit. First question is "who last worked on it?" Taking this resopnsibility is worth something.
@ November 10, 2008 10:07 PM in What's wrong with this picture....one note about the plastic pipe is that it is better than copper for DWV, if it is better I embrace it.
@ November 10, 2008 10:03 PM in What's wrong with this picture....Mark I just do not see the CSST as being that much faster, in open basement piping by the time I get done putting all the hangers and guards in place. I also do not see the cost drop for the job just move numbers to material column from the labor column.
@ November 10, 2008 9:55 PM in Hot WaterWhen I say tempering valve I actually mean thermostatic mixing valve just lazy when typing. I explain the difference when doing the work as the thermostatic mixing valve is more costly but actually works for an extended time period. Adjusting the aquastat ONLY EFFECTS WATER TEMP WHEN HEAT IS NOT BEING CALLED FOR. During the summer when the boiler is not producing steam the aquastat maintains water temperature.
@ November 10, 2008 9:43 PM in Hot WaterMaryAnn the water is actually closer to boiling when you are running for heat. A plumber can install a tempering valve to maintain a lower and even water temp to the faucets. WHen we install a tankless heater like you have we always install a mixing valve to control the water temp.
@ November 10, 2008 9:28 PM in What's wrong with this picture....In Mass we would need to run iron to the ceiling and anchor the pipe to the structure. I have decided that unless I am backed into a corner I will not use CSST but guess I will be the last one buying iron at the supply house. Codes vary we all know as it seems you need a passport and a translator to go from state to state in the trade. Your logic works well for the cards you were dealt but why not go with two boilers closer in size?
@ November 10, 2008 8:22 PM in HELP!Is the unit programed properly? It could be the domestic water setting is low. The last one I installed I got a call back after a few months and the owners tenants father "adjusted" it for better heating and actually turned the domestic hot water mode to 120 degrees but the indirect was running on an aquastat not a sensor. so when the 130 degree aquastat called for heat it was only getting 120 degree water. This caused the unit to stay on domestic mode instead of running on the outdoor reset. Not sure if it helps but they now have heat and the father is banned from the boiler room.
@ November 10, 2008 8:16 PM in Water Heater instead of BoilerA water heater is around 35- 50 K BTU and is simply not made like a boiler to extract heat from the flue gasses and transfer them to water. Also I would check the warranty and the fact a water heater may not be listed as a heat source for a dwelling so any home owners insurance would not cover the heater or damages caused by anything that did go wrong with the unit. Boilers are boilers.
@ November 10, 2008 6:06 PM in Found this todaywater powered sump pump is my guess. or maybe a pressure booster?
@ November 10, 2008 6:02 PM in Liability insurance/worker compWe use Travelers, it is the agent that makes the price difference. CAll around and get quotes from several agents.
@ November 10, 2008 5:56 PM in Is the System 2000 the best for an old farm house?Is the system hot water or steam? system 2000 is only for hot water. Make sure a proper heat load is done for sizing the boiler, as the former installer in my area did many under and over sized boilers. over wastes fuel and under leaves you cold. I prefer a cast iron boiler or a mod-con for a gas boiler.
@ November 9, 2008 8:05 PM in New England fashion?I say wear the cowboy hat as you are what you are and here in the berkshires anything goes with fashion.