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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 11, 2008 4:28 PM in Help ID this steam system?

guess it has been a while since I put in a large smith.

@ December 11, 2008 4:19 PM in Sizing Steam Boiler

We always recommend seperating out heat for rental units as when they have to foot the gas bill they put on a sweater when cool not open the window. Also boilers can be smaller and you are less likely to have no heat in the structure if one goes down. Just food for thought.

@ December 11, 2008 4:07 PM in GEOTHERMAL

I am not sure the loads are equal. as in a lot more btu's needed to heat the pool than needed to cool the air for dehumidification. Laws of thermo dynamics say energy can not be created or destroyed only changed in state. Do you calcs and see. I think one side or the other will be out of sync. maybe loops that are laid over each other but sounds too good to be true for energy usaage. Crunch the numbers and prove other wise and I would be very happy to be wrong.

@ December 10, 2008 8:36 PM in Gorton vs. maid o mist

It was a cold and stormy night and I was over the girlfriends house. No parts at hand and the heat was just turned on that day for the heating season. One vent after the other was not working either stuck open or closed. In a fit of anger I went to the big orange den of inequity and bought a dozen maid of mists just to get me through the weekend. Odd thing happened they all worked fine and are 2 years old and still doing fine. I would not buy them for a paying customer but they worked this time. If I had to put my name on the job I would go with Gorton or Hoffman.

@ December 10, 2008 7:45 PM in Why elbows instead of sweeps in plumbing?

Thats not a coupling that is part of your outside faucet. Make sure you removed the hose from it.

@ December 10, 2008 7:17 PM in Help ID this steam system?

Must have been a used boiler. it has been a long time since H.B.Smith was blue jacketed. Are you sure the returns are not plugged?

@ December 10, 2008 12:57 PM in Celtic Hydrothem Replacement

You can still use a sealed combustion unit if you are not on an out side wall. As long as you are within venting distance from the outside wall. or the roof. The best unit to replace it with is the one that your licensed installer has the repair parts availible for and they are well versed in installing.

@ December 8, 2008 5:06 PM in Labor in Germany

you mean like Massachusetts has already?

@ December 5, 2008 4:39 PM in Baseboard gives me a headache whn it heats up. Why?

so sort of solvent or paint on the walls? were the covers painted at anytime? Cat activity, i.e. urine? That you can find with ultra violet light.

@ December 5, 2008 4:37 PM in How do you know if a valve is OK for natural gas?

AGA is what we use here in Mass for gas valves, no AGA, no use.

@ December 5, 2008 12:04 AM in Solar tank stratification question?

Ford, GM both sell diesels all over the world. they even sell a 4 door diesel Ranger in Poland but not here. Of course same to be said for the other companies such as Toyota where the tacoma is only availible in the UK as a diesel and is what 30 mpgs loaded with tools.

@ December 4, 2008 11:56 PM in Fan in a Can and Cold Air

Less wasted heat and cleaner combustion. the boiler area maybe able to be enclosed to isolate it from the rest of the basement to lessen the effect of the fan in a can. Make sure what ever you do the damper is installed with the proper flow direction for the air. Also on high wind days you may still have air infiltration when the fan is not running. The damper in the fan-in-a can is also to be adjusted for the requirements of the unit it is supplying so as to not bring in more air than is needed for combustion. This is in the installation manuel with the fan unit.

The age old question is what will I save?

@ December 4, 2008 11:46 PM in heat costs for different fuels and systems

People ask us guys in the field all the time this question for fuel and system choices. Well I found this link tonight and I am thrilled, not sure of the exact accurracy but it gets you close if you get the numbers plugged in right. here is the link ( ) WHat do you guys think? does it seem accurate?

@ December 3, 2008 7:31 PM in I saw some interesting pumps today (Dan H.)

what are they doing with the old steam motors? could be fun for a project I was going to build.

@ December 3, 2008 7:18 PM in The Boiler Whisperer

"A real mensch" was one of the best compliments I have received. the person was also impressed I knew what it meant.

@ December 1, 2008 11:29 PM in Steam vs Hot water boiler heat

Propane costs 15 to 30 percent more than oil for equal BTUs.

@ December 1, 2008 11:25 PM in CSST Banned in MA !!!

John CSST is not allowed there the supplies must be factory made. This is jacketed stuff for in the walls and other supply lines. Good for wholesalers not for small installers as it shifts cost from labor to material quite well.

@ December 1, 2008 11:22 PM in CSST Banned in MA !!!

Bob I am sad to say I have used it but soon as the shUt came alog with licenses from manfactures and such I said I will stick with the black Iron. Anyone want a deal on my left over CSST parts?

@ November 29, 2008 7:49 PM in New Burnham gas steam boiler cycling

mike please search threads on sizing boilers. Otherwise we will simply be repeating ourselves. The boiler maybe able to be underfired.

@ November 29, 2008 7:34 PM in Aquastat question

why not just remove a lead from the aquastat and cap it off? If it is a steam unit is the aquastat not a seprate unit?

@ November 29, 2008 6:40 PM in Steam vs Hot water boiler heat

hot water systems are closed loops and require less water to be added over a year than steam does. Each cycle of a steam boiler even if it is running correctly looses a bit of water. a forced hot water system once filled and bled of air does not take on water unless the water leaks out. also the water can be treated with antifreeze if power outages are a common thing. A generator may be a wise investment as most photovoltaic or wind power systems use the grid for storage not batteries. From scratch hot water will cost less for fuel than steam even if both are sized correctly. Physics is at work. Steam was often considered back in the day as it was cheaper to install than Gravity hot water not because it was better than hot water. gravity hot water was considered the better system as it allowed lower temps but it required larger pipes. Why not install a gravity hot water system and a wood or coal fired boiler as back up? Buderus and Baxi have UL listed water boilers for solid fuel.

@ November 29, 2008 2:13 AM in Steam vs Hot water boiler heat

Radiant can be installed in your home in an efficent manor. Steam has its place and I love them when they are humming along but radiant is less costly on the fuel if done correctly. Steam uses a lot less electricity. Millivolts do not work too well on oil last time I checked.