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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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I service there

@ March 19, 2014 11:12 PM in Does this boiler seem piped right?

If it is in CT or MA I service there. You can look at my ad from the link below.

It is a thermo couple not

@ March 16, 2014 9:59 AM in Thermo couples

a thermo pile, right?

too large of a pilot flame

@ March 15, 2014 8:31 PM in Thermo couples

or thermocouple too deep into the flame because something got bent can cause issues. are you sure it is the thermocouple that is the problem?

I would call the gas company

@ March 15, 2014 8:28 PM in Only half the burners are lit

you can use the contractor locator just to te right of the wall tab above. If that does not get you someone call me.

my "new" power threader

@ March 15, 2014 8:24 PM in Thought some of you might enjoy this

I got last year was a Toledo 999 with a short carriage throw. I am guessing 1940's vintage. It still threads like a champ. Amazing the work people did when they had to work. Also explains why so many never bothered reaming the pipe. They were too tired after cutting and threading.

how large is the pilot?

@ March 15, 2014 8:18 PM in Thermo couples

is this a standing pilot boiler or spark ignition?

Is this close enough to call

@ March 15, 2014 8:09 PM in Question about two pipe system

Frank a.k.a. Steam Head? Broomels are nice and simple systems ad take well to lots of mainline venting. The last one I worked on was down in New Canaan Ct. It still had the original Broomel reciever and the condensing radiator was still attached when I got there.

Was the boiler gas valve shut off

@ March 15, 2014 7:59 PM in Only half the burners are lit

when they pressure tested the gas line? Where in Mass are you?

The fact you named the boiler

@ March 15, 2014 7:56 PM in A challenge...

really makes me smile. The use of the modulating burner would be best if you were to have TRV's and reduced the heat in certain areas on a room by room bases.

Riello all ready has the burner

@ March 15, 2014 5:55 PM in A challenge...
The thing is it is not yet approved for the 80 series boilers around your size.

Super Stor

@ March 15, 2014 5:31 PM in What brand of indirect hot water heater would one recommend ?

That is my prefered brand of indirect.

only time I will say this advice

@ March 15, 2014 4:52 PM in Steam coil sound

ise strips of duct tape. I hate to say use duct tape, but it will work this time.  

Condensating is not occuring

@ March 15, 2014 3:05 PM in Steam coil sound

same issue different size of the coil. It is happening inside the coil instead of outside.

Ok the thing is you should not use them for water

@ March 14, 2014 10:47 PM in Steam radiators without bleeders for hot water system

Can you use them? Maybe is the honest answer. Each section would need to be drilled and tapped for an air vent, also the operating pressure and dead weight of water sitting on the legs is exponentially higher as water is much denser then steam. If you are handy and willing to risk the flood and the possiblity of killing one of these rare steam only radiators you can try, I have seen it done and seen it work. I would not do it or do i for a customer as the risk out weighs the gain. Remember those radiators are 100 years old and have been subjected to lots of corrosive stuff including carbonic acid and oxygen.

Was the old boiler

@ March 14, 2014 10:32 PM in Question about two pipe system

taller? Where are your main vents? Why is the dry return tied in above the waterline?

read this

@ March 14, 2014 10:29 PM in Sight glass "empties" when boiler is firing

well I have to admit I never went to Dan's class

@ March 14, 2014 10:26 PM in Sight glass "empties" when boiler is firing

I own many of his books but not The Lost Art of Steam. Just saying Dan's question list maybe the best this to stick too.

can the fan motor

@ March 14, 2014 10:23 PM in Steam coil sound

be physically changed for a lower speed? Some things require actually mechanical changes.

yes it does

@ March 14, 2014 9:23 AM in Steam coil sound

can you adjust air flow? Rather then speeding up the steam, try slowing down the air so the condensate is a bit warmer as it gets near the trap.

I have only had one leaking Munchkin

@ March 14, 2014 9:08 AM in Munchkin - failed HX

I did not install the boiler but was called when it was leaking. The leak was one of the factory installed nipples sheared off at the tapping into the heat exchanger. It leaked into the heat exchanger drain and was running out mostly to the condensate drain. The owner was not interested in their warrantee and opted for a Veissman.

what boiler do you now have?

@ March 14, 2014 8:52 AM in Dual Boiler Set-up Feasibility?

you say yours is 10 years old. you may be able to just change to a gas burner instead of changing out the whole boiler. A photo of your current boiler would give us a better idea of the feasiblity of this.

also did you clean

@ March 14, 2014 8:49 AM in How to detect if there's oil in steam boiler water

the pigtail ? The new pipe may be a red herring.
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