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Charlie from wmass

Charlie from wmass

Joined on September 21, 2006

Last Post on July 21, 2014

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I finally bought a brick

@ June 20, 2014 11:29 AM in I finally bought a brick

I was thinking The Wall serves as my bar, school room, lecture hall, and only way I can solve an issue that vexes me in my trade. I think it would be great if everyone who found their answer here as a sign of appreciation to Dan and his elves bought a brick, or as many bricks as they want to say thanks.

is the pump

@ June 20, 2014 11:21 AM in Hot water first floor, luke warm water second floor

installed pumping the right way? what style of pump are you using? can you shut the recirculating pipe and see if the water turns hot going to the second floor?

is there a check valve

@ June 20, 2014 11:18 AM in Hot water first floor, luke warm water second floor

on the recirculation line? If so is it working? Run the water to the offending faucet and see if any hot water lines are running cold or any cold lines are getting warm.

yes you can add a radiator IF

@ June 20, 2014 11:16 AM in Adding a Radiator to an existing one pipe steam system

the run out is the right size, you can tie in to a location the condensate can drain to, the boiler has capacity to supply the added load. Some plumbers know steam.

when I was 6

@ June 20, 2014 11:03 AM in TT Smart 80 & Prestige Solo 110 Summer Gas Usage

I believed in the Easter bunny. Many boilers are not calibrated. Check to see if yours was by the installing contractor . Dryers use lots of gas.

dryer usage

@ June 20, 2014 8:39 AM in TT Smart 80 & Prestige Solo 110 Summer Gas Usage

I would look at that for savings also. They use a lot of fuel. did your apartment use gas for the dryer and hot water? Did you have to pay for that gas for both units? Does your boiler have a warm weather shut down set to below the current low temps you had for the given month? Was the boiler calibrated with proper testing equipment within the last year?

The water moving

@ June 20, 2014 8:35 AM in TT Smart 80 & Prestige Solo 110 Summer Gas Usage

is simply water drawn from the tank pushed back into the tank. Think of the old clothes line set ups with the pulley. No "new water" is introduced. you are simply warming the water that cooled in the hot water distribution piping. The point of the recirculating pump is to prevent dumping the heated water into the drain and replacing it in the tank with cold water until it displaces the cooled water that was in the hot water pipes with hot water to your given faucet of choice. It is better to warm 70 degree water to 140 then 42-50 degree water to 140. This is why the insulation is important as the change in temperature will be slowed, meaning less cycles per day to keep the water warm out to the faucets. You are using a little fuel to save a lot of fuel.

Aquatherm piping

@ June 20, 2014 8:14 AM in Aquatherm piping

I asked this on the main wall, thought maybe I would get more input in the commercial HVAC. I am looking at doing a forced water system in a small commercial building. The owner is interested in using Aquatherm piping. Does anyone have any experience good or bad with this product? You can post here, private message me, or give me a call. My cell number is listed below. Thanks.

Aquatherm piping

@ June 20, 2014 7:06 AM in Aquatherm piping

I am looking at a hot water system that this is being considered as a piping option. Have any wallies had experience good or bad with this? The main lines will be 2 1/2" or 3" depending on which engineers numbers are to believed.

you are loosing heat

@ June 19, 2014 4:51 PM in TT Smart 80 & Prestige Solo 110 Summer Gas Usage

through your hot water pipes and recirculating lines. If you insulate them it will reduce the heat loss. Also the use of an aquastat instead of a timer to control the recirculation pump will reduce heat loss as once the return water reaches 100 degrees fahrenheit the pump stops moving the water until it cools again.

No you are completely correct

@ June 19, 2014 4:14 PM in Some days I get a little burnt out

I just was not going to name names is all. Just having one of those days BC. All opinions are welcome here, even if they are wrong and they are using a water heater to heat their house. The engineered job I am referring to is not related in anyway to BC's posts. That is a different job. Codes are written in blood and over time people forget about the loss of lives before there were codes. A one in a million chance of a loved one of mine being injured or killed by a product that is not fit for a given task is too much for me, I could never save enough money to be able to accept that.


@ June 19, 2014 3:45 PM in Some days I get a little burnt out

Why would you think I was referring to you?

it goes in through the tapping

@ June 19, 2014 3:43 PM in Hoffman Boiler Feed, persistent trickle feed and overflow

that is the float valve used in many tanks. They can also use the McDonnel Miller they use as boiler feeders. The model numbers 47 or 51.

Some days I get a little burnt out

@ June 19, 2014 3:33 PM in Some days I get a little burnt out

I like the wall, I enjoy the format and exchange of ideas from differing view points. Today I read a rather heated post and was ready to drop in my 2 cents and then I hit cancel. I have been spending my week going over systems and blue prints of system that are messes. People above my pay scale could not design a more complicated frankenstein of a mess if they were on LSD. Then I keep thinking of an old Polish proverb I just learned "Not my circus, Not my monkeys" Somedays I need to remember that.

I crack them often

@ June 17, 2014 10:14 PM in Main Vent

What is the big deal? make it a case of "old engine oil " and I will call the number of swings.

Frank it is on it's way to China

@ June 15, 2014 11:26 AM in Name this part

It had not a single marking on it, be it patent number or manufacturer name or symbol. The homeowner was taking care of their own scrap. I was thinking of taking it as a souvenir but the idea of yet another piece of nonfunctioning iron on a shelf made me shutter, spring cleaning mode right now.

Yes was

@ June 13, 2014 8:10 AM in Name this part

I redid the dry return and installed a Gorton 2. The steam comes around much faster now.

I don't know.

@ June 12, 2014 2:28 PM in Name this part

I cannot find it in my books. It is where the air vent is often put.

It was on

@ June 12, 2014 12:33 PM in Name this part

The return of a steam main.

Here is a close up

@ June 12, 2014 9:23 AM in Name this part

Relief valve?

Name this part

@ June 12, 2014 9:20 AM in Name this part

Anyone know what this is

How does they oil boiler look?

@ June 11, 2014 12:26 AM in Oil to Gas Conversion

10 years old is about the cut off point for me to convert by changing just the burner. I am also familiar with how some companies in your area service oil boilers and their 10 year old boilers look like my 20 year old boilers. The gas fire place is going back 150 years in comfort levels. Why have central heating if you are going to use a central fireplace to warm the house? If central fire places worked well for home heating no one would have invented the boiler and radiator systems. If you want one to make the room look nice for Christmas and date night go for it, not to heat a modern house to modern comfort levels. Is this steam or hot water?
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