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Charlie from wmass

Charlie from wmass

Joined on September 21, 2006

Last Post on July 28, 2014

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@ 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.

@ 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.