Charlie from wmass
Joined on September 21, 2006
Last Post on December 7, 2013
@ September 6, 2007 10:22 PM in C.I.American Standard baseboard?Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know I have end caps and other trim. is the baseboard square or round on the top front edge? Also height and spacing c.c. on the spuds is needed. I am located in western mass.
@ May 22, 2007 8:55 AM in In a continued search for more efficient small gas steamers>>>>The math does not add up though. you will not get 15% lower fuel costs. Also to get 20 years from a steam steel boiler what is the cost of the water treatment. You may earn more from the customers selling them water treatment but are they going to save that money in return of boiler life? Also water with a load of chemicals in it is harder to boiler so it requires more therms to reach boil. This is why we use antifreeze in cooling systems of engines. We all deal with heating solutions when we add antifreeze to our hydronic systems. When we desolve things in the boiler water to "treat" the water we often raise the boiling point. Even a degree or 2 can drasticlly effect fuels usage. I say filter the feed water and go with a good cast iron unit. The laws of Physic are going to keep the efficentcies in that mid to low 80's range as you can not use condensing technology as you are making Steam.
@ May 8, 2007 11:38 PM in Low temperature fin tubeIf by work you mean transfer heat to the room then yes. Lots of reset systems on baseboard in mass. just need to match the heat curve to the heat load is all.
@ May 8, 2007 11:29 PM in Commercial Plumbers out there?nice looking job. I am amazed when I see the P.V.C. on the commercial installations though. Up here so far it is still all metalic piping for commercial. I vote for using a carrier as it makes an aweful mess when a sink does get ripped off the wall. Carriers are relatively cheap now a days and the one peice design sure saves a bunch of time.
@ November 24, 2006 11:31 PM in Old Steam or Water heater? a first for meIf it has a chamber above with 2 nipples that was probably a water heater. the nipples would be piuped to a tank above the unit and the water would flow by gravity to the tank to be stored for use later at the faucets in the home.
@ November 24, 2006 7:06 PM in Old Steam or Water heater? a first for meI put my vote with dave for it being a gas fire place. that looks like an old gas cock on the inlet and it looks like an old castiron burner. Cool find, just do not use it.
@ November 13, 2006 11:26 PM in Name the company?I just went to a job where the home owner was going to build his own home. He really meant to do all the work himself, the carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and the heating. While I admire his drive he was not licensed in any of the trades in our fair state. the kicker was when his builder showed me the "heating" system he had. It was ordered online from a state to my north and it was 300 feet of 7/8" non oxygen barrier pex tubing and a bronze circulator pump with a mixing valve. The owner was told just to tie this tubing into his potable hot water heater and run the piping in the slab tied to the reenforcing wire tih zip ties and it would heat his home. After I was done spouting the plumbing code I figured one more job I lost due to being by the book and not believing the customer is always right. Well long story short he signed my contract and I start the job in the next week or so. Go figure an informed consumer choosing quality over cheap? Strange but true.
@ November 11, 2006 2:28 AM in Magic WandCan you move the relief valve on the smiths away from the supplly pie just 2 inches that is all I ask. Neaten up the factory wiring, I just put in a GB 250 steam and it looked like a child and his monkey wired it, And that was the factory wiring. Wet based gas steam/ hot water would be nice, designed that way not just a retro burner on the oil boiler. Multi pass on the fluegases. Move the roll out switch on the GB as mine was busted off and I had to wait until the next day for a new one, It was broken off before it was even uncrated and the crate was not damaged. The push nipple replacements seem ok for now but I do like the iron nipples, That is the dinosaur in me I have been told. Leveling legs are a nice touch. just a few thoughts too late at night. Oh yeah a good wholesaler in western mass that is happy to sell the full line of Mestek boilers. I like the gv 200's I have installed but not the tech manual that came with them. I think a wall hung boiler should have it clearly stated what is required to hang it and what to hang it from. I know they are stainless but while I have your ear I figured I would slip it in.
@ November 11, 2006 1:44 AM in Wholesaler/Contractor RelationI like that name I think I am going to add it to my daily word usage. I am out here in Western Mass, by that I mean Berkshire county and I must say I only have Transfer Houses or places that are trying to compeat with the box stores. I see one wholesaler trying to do it right but they seem to miss the mark as much as hit it. I also get calls for plumbing repairs and it took me 2 hours of driving and phone calls to get the parts I needed and they were for a Kohler toilet. When it comes to boiler parts I cringe at the thought of finding the parts. It seems the Answer is always "I can have it tommorrow" or next week even. What good does that do for people with a gas boiler down in December? I now shop by sending out a stock list by fax to the usual suspects and the one with the best price gets the order. When it comes to boilers being a small shop I go with the best delivery guys as long as the price is competive. Why is it so hard to find quality parts in a wholesaler nowadays? I know many will not pay the higher prices, the thing is some of us understand the difference between cheapest and best value. How far west does Capco want to go?
@ November 11, 2006 1:25 AM in direct hwtI have had issues with stainless steel back in the days when I would ask the home owners if they had hard water, funny they always would say "no" or " a little". Then a year later I would be back removing the tank and putting in a new one. Then test the water to find in was 3 to 4 times beyond hard. Once a water softener was installed never a problem. I am partial to the Buderus tanks with the big anode rods and clean out hatches mmyself though.
@ November 10, 2006 6:24 PM in Steam Heating and Piping ProblemI am a plumbing and heating contractor with a very good ruputation for working on Hydronic systems. Being a plumber daoe snot make me unable to work on steam. The contractor installed a hartford loop which is called for your old system simply did not have one before.
@ November 8, 2006 10:03 PM in Energy Star Steam boilers?the one question I have is this. I thought the flue passages would not allow proper scrubbing of the b.t.u. s if it was fired into an oil boiler. If the GB is set to fire gas are there baffles between the sections to slow the gas going through and would these need removed to fire oil in these boilers. I thought the big dual fuel boilers are always less efficent on gas firing then they are on gas
@ November 8, 2006 9:46 PM in Energy Star Steam boilers?I was thinking the H.B. Smith but it is not asmopheric, so I went searching and I have yet to find an 85% atmospheric. The local gas company gives rebates for 82% ratings on steam here in Mass, at least they were.
@ November 8, 2006 9:15 PM in Calculating Savings from Right-Sized BoilerFor the sake of full disclosure We should tell you that steam is around 82% efficent. I have seen people save large amounts by using TRV valves.We had a large home That documented 25% saving on heating costs and this was with a 30 Mills Smith boiler with a tankless. I can only imagine what they could have saved with a new boiler.
@ November 8, 2006 9:00 PM in CSST gas pipingyeah that is trac piping. you should be more concerned about getting a hanger on it somewhere. It should allow for expansion. So no tight metal hangers on the CSST.
@ November 4, 2006 4:20 PM in system 2000 Vs. BuderusTake a look inside a system 200 and tell me how that qualifies as a boiler? it looks like a steel ziploc bag to me. I guess I work on steam too much to have faith in a couple sheets of steel to heat a home.
@ November 4, 2006 4:17 PM in Correct Heatloss?I had one where it is a 1797 house, no insulation and only storm windows over single pain glass. House is 9600 ft2 and about half is heated the rest is closed off in the winter. Four large fireplaces are in place and in working order in the original section of the home. The boiler that was in place was 102 input on gas. The home never got above 60 if it was below 30 outside. I have now install HB smith gb 200s with staged fireing and outdoor reset controls. The people wanted a redundent system to protect the home for possible freezing temps and to protect the antiques from extreme temp changes. They are also going to be extending the heat to the rest of the home. They do not plan to add insulation or change the windows as they are more interested in the historical integrity of the home then the heat loss. But how could 102 K for boiler input rating ever have been figured?
@ September 21, 2006 7:34 PM in system 2000After a couple of decades installing heating systems I say go with the Budrerus as they have the easiest parts to find for the repairs that will be part of any system. The system 200 boilers have an exclusive arraingement with the contractors so is you are not part of the group it is difficult to obtain parts,at least in my area. Ironically the Burderus has more readily availible parts and many are American made. Good luck and as stated run from the 2000. It maybe we just had a lousey installer out here but they have a very bad reputation in my area of Massachusetts.