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Charlie from wmass

Charlie from wmass

Joined on September 21, 2006

Last Post on July 30, 2014

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@ January 17, 2009 1:47 PM in It gets serviced every year

I went with a becket as the service companys are well versed in them in my area. The AFG model. It was not the nicest install I have done as it was a rush but I have a pic of it. They never look as good as if you can clean out the foot print of the old boiler first. I had to pipe tjis one and slide it in after I cut loose the old one. Da does not like the expansion take on the return but I figured I would try it on this one. The indirect was installed last summer as well problem clogged the old amtrol unit they had.

@ January 16, 2009 6:08 PM in It gets serviced every year

I have the good fortune to work with my father Mark. If I did work like these guys do he would still take me behinf the wood shed. I am well past the age of being spanked so it would be a fist to the head. The same folks for 26 years serviced this unit and sold her oil. I replaced this unit with a Trio from F.W. Webb anyone else use these units?

@ January 16, 2009 6:03 PM in It gets serviced every year

I do not have the exact price but it was much more than $50.00.

@ January 16, 2009 6:02 PM in It gets serviced every year

It is a burnham three section.

@ January 16, 2009 6:01 PM in cycleguard lwco + 2-pipe vapor

I have a customer who has a HBsmith I installed and the unit has the same LWCO on it. I have found the system does not build much pressure and some rads do not heat all the way across. the thing is they had a dramatic drop in their gas bill and the house heats very evenly. Every room even in this weather is within a degree of each other. The system simply shuts off on temp more than on pressure. I find the shutdown to be quite annoying. The customer does not as they accept its purpose.

@ January 16, 2009 5:28 PM in sream riser(residential) copper vs. black pipe,is copper

Yes please search the forum as many posts cover this. also check the I&O manual as it probably says iron only in it.

@ January 16, 2009 5:26 PM in Recommend Electric Kickspace Htr to Replace Beacon-Morris?

why is it not working out? I really like the beacon morris units and they will cost less for heating than the electric will. also in my opion they are safer as they do not have electrical coils heating up in them.

wish I had a nickle

@ January 16, 2009 5:16 PM in It gets serviced every year

How many times have you heard that the unit you are working on just got serviced by another company earlier that year only to find it in this condition when you show up?

@ January 16, 2009 5:11 PM in Tired Of Explaing Design Temps

180 degree water for perimitter baseboard and wall hung rads. Obviouslly not for radiant heat systems as I don't know about you but I do not like my toes that hot.

@ January 16, 2009 4:48 PM in Tired Of Explaing Design Temps

We use -20 for our design temp in western MA. We also figure 180 degree water. THis leads to slightly larger boilers and more radiation for a given space. It also means we can use outdoor resets and use lower water temps on the none design temp days. I have also noticed despite the debates concerning over sizing it usually does not mean that large of a boiler as there are not that many choices in size. If I lived closer to the shore or further south I would use a warmer design temp. The thing is we do not get calls for rooms only gettting to 58 when it is -20. With the use of outdoor resets we also do not get compllaints of short cycling. Every year we get at least a week to two weeks of close to -20.

@ January 12, 2009 8:47 PM in Drip line causing water hammer - how to resolve

When was the pipe changed and was it replaced as it had been or modified? Size changed, pitch changed? Was the pipe reamed? Any pictures?

@ January 12, 2009 8:36 PM in steam boiler

Have you checked you water level? The basics for vent function? From the pictures I believe the tank is simply a steam chamber meant to dry the steam before it goes up into the supply piping. There should be no moving parts in it. The photo of the sight glass appeared to show the water level was near the bottom of the glass. Has the system been serviced this year, flushed, skimmed, and cleaned?

@ January 12, 2009 8:28 PM in How to replace Honeywell Thermostatic Mixing Valve

In the center of the cap there is a phillips screw. You will need to poke a hole in the label to reach it. When you remove the handle you can get to the stem retaining nut and remove the guts and replace with a new set.

@ January 12, 2009 8:22 PM in Where have all the professionals gone?

Daniel I am 3 and a half hours away. I am guesing that is too far away. I used to spend my summers in Hoganburg in grade school.

@ January 12, 2009 7:29 PM in steam boiler replacement- big honking pipe system

Zippy the HB smith G 8 is availible with a gas power burner. This brings it up to the mid 80's for efficency. The burnham mega steam is not yet rated fro a gas burner. Do to the fact you are boiling the water condensing tech will not help you out for gaining efficency.

@ January 12, 2009 7:23 PM in steam boiler water meter

The automatic feed has a built in water meter. I will look into the exact model we use. This is only for the feed water.

@ January 12, 2009 7:20 PM in Where have all the professionals gone?

I was happy to try the offer it just seems many folks around here simply go with there fuel supplier or the plumber their neighbor uses and to be honest there is plenty to be done repairing installation gone wrong, It is nice to get in and do it right first for a change instead of sawzalling and repiping as the second one in the door. There seems to be a change as the economy slows down people are being more careful about going with the low bidder. It is hard at times explaining how a small shop and a fairly young looking person can do a better installation than the large fuel company with its fleet of trucks.

@ January 12, 2009 7:04 PM in Where have all the professionals gone?

Dan my last name is Garrity.

The debate of the ages.

@ January 12, 2009 7:02 PM in Expansion tank placement

I am installing a trio boiler for a customer and I was discussing the piping diagram that came with the boiler with my Da. This sparked the comment "Do you want people to think you are drinking!" from my Da. THe diagram calls for the expansion tank to be on the return along with the boiler feed. I noticed the Vitodent boilers call for this placement also. What is the way most of you are doing it? Da wants the feed and expansion tank on the header as we do with the other boilers we install.

@ January 12, 2009 6:32 PM in Where have all the professionals gone?

Dan I actually took you up on your offer and received a total of one call. and that call was a no go. I feel in the smaller areas people do not go to internet for there heating and plumbing service. I think in the larger areas people are more frequently online looking for services.

@ December 23, 2008 5:07 PM in Radiant floor heating help

Radiant temps are usually under 100 degrees F on the supply side. This is why there is a mixing valve as boilers usually like warmer water going through them. This is also why set backs can be trouble some as water temps delta t's do not allow high speed recovery. It is like driving with a block under your gas pedal. You can get up to highway speed and you will save fuel but you may not get up to highway speed as fast as you would like.

@ December 23, 2008 4:56 PM in To cover or not to cover; that is the radiator question...

Well they only lean on them once if they are smart twice if not so smart, three times means they need help and a padded room. The other issue with covers I have seen is dirt. when the cover is clean the homeowner is happy but they do not see all the dust and dirt and what have you that has gathered over the years. Some radiators, actually called convectors were made for and used covers. This is different from the after market covers sold through the hardware stores and such places. I vote tag sale them or recycle them.