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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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keep the pressure

@ June 11, 2014 12:17 AM in Two Pipe Steam System with Air Vents

low with a vapor stat. check the returns and make sure they warm up as if they do not it means they are clogged. If they are clogged clean them if they used tees on the bottom or install tees to clean them out. There are ways to do things right you may have not seen but they work, the water leg works and I have used it several times even on other styles of systems. It is helpful when stopping baseboard from banging when it is piped into a pipe system.

Yep I have a 4 pj in my shop too

@ June 10, 2014 11:18 PM in Any comments

The 141 is nice. I kind of collect threaders so I also have the 4" and the 6" beaver heads. The beaver 4" is small like the 4pj but is adjustable.

Looks nice

@ June 10, 2014 10:46 AM in Any comments

using the second riser puts it a bit above what is needed but will dry out the steam better. The Starbucks books I have on heating warn about using too large of piping than what is needed as it mean more air to be vented for each cycle and more heat loss due to the increased surface area. Burnham called for one riser you used 2 and Burnham called for a 3" header and you dropped it . Nice job and nice balance between doing it right and not wasting anyone's money. What do you use for a threader?

You are working hard to keep her happy

@ June 10, 2014 10:17 AM in Wife HATES old steam radiators. Don't care for covers. Alternatives?

I am sure she is happy with the deal you made. There is the option of removing the plain ones and going with ornate ones. Radical Radiator has some beautiful ones. Less noise and drafts with radiators then hydroair.

Mega Steam conversion

@ June 10, 2014 10:12 AM in Mega Steam conversion

I realize Burnham says no to this. As I read the code I see no reason aside from loss of warranty to not do it. As it is not endorsed by Burnham they do not give any advise on burner specs. If anyone can steer me a bit on this I would appreciate it. Tim you say it can be done well and I trust your word, just looking for a little advise before I proceed.

Make the system run well and ride out one winter

@ June 10, 2014 9:43 AM in Wife HATES old steam radiators. Don't care for covers. Alternatives?

If the wife does not like the radiators by mid-February find a new wife. Now that was Snarky. In all seriousness I do think the beauty of the radiators can be found after a cold winter with them running properly. I hate covers and TRV's are great but often are over kill for smaller building, as in those under 4,000 square feet I find. I also use adjustable vents and keep the boiler tuned to the steam load. If you are in MA call me I probably work in your area too.

Burnham IN PV

@ April 29, 2014 9:03 AM in Steam Boiler

Power vented steam boiler side wall vented. Of course with a Fields power venter all boilers can be side wall vented.

think about geography and room temperature

@ April 14, 2014 7:14 AM in Help with Sizing a Boiler

If you do not have a boiler that can build pressure and you do not use TRV's heavily you will not like the way your system behaves if it is undersized. Steam will often find the one radiator you really want to heat up and not go there if the boiler is undersized. Note that the EDR rating for boilers has a 1.33 pick up already firgured into it. The only time I add a pick up factor is when reverse engineering to figure out the fire rating for a given system with either a gas orfice or oil nozzle.  Too long of a run time during a heat cycle also wastes fuel. And you are cold while wasting fuel which is worse then an oversized boiler wasting fuel by short cycling, but keeping you warm.

here you go

@ April 13, 2014 9:48 PM in Help with Sizing a Boiler

454, 521 edr's

3000 strokes per minute

@ April 11, 2014 7:51 PM in Tub strainer removal

it is not quite the horsepower I have behind my hacksaw, but it is way faster then I can move the blade back and forth.

Thanks Tim

@ April 11, 2014 7:47 PM in Mass Oil Burner Exam

I tried to post that from my phone today, but could not get it to post. I went to Georges class for those who have been in the trade for years and found it both helpfull in passing the test and in improving my understanding of the code in the real world applications.

why would it not be able to?

@ April 11, 2014 7:04 PM in Can a Circulator Pump Past a Stopped Downstream Pump?

yes it can. unless the head for that zone exceeds the pump curve.

Vent Rite 1

@ April 11, 2014 6:44 PM in Radiator air vent preference?

is the vent I use 80% of the time. They are the only adjustable that tested well in the Balancing Steam vent speed chart. If you can not get them near you then contact me and I will help you get them.

Whether you use your edr or

@ April 11, 2014 6:42 PM in Help with Sizing a Boiler

your contractors edr the boiler to use would be the EG50. This is of course assuming you do not have any strange or excessive piping. A few risers in the wall would not be enough to bump you up to the EG55.

the rigid one handed reciprocating saw

@ April 10, 2014 7:43 AM in Tub strainer removal

it has a 3/4" stroke and low on power and it makes the cutting a bit less nerve wracking. it also use the same blades as the big saw-zall, so no double stocking of blades. It is now my go to for radiator spud removal.

the manufacturer has a burner listed for your boiler

@ April 10, 2014 7:26 AM in recommended NG Burner?

If you go to there website it is in the product literature. I think it is the carlin 201 gas burner but Burnham can confirm that. if you do remove the sections to down size the boiler it may change the burner selection. While not a cheap proposal it would be the better long term answer as when the boiler is shortened it can also be properly piped.

there may be a away to shut of that function

@ April 10, 2014 6:50 AM in Questions regarding the main vent and auto water feeder that cuts off the boiler every 10 minutes

I have not looked in the manual for your model but some can have this function bypassed. As for being tired of adding water, have you checked that under  the floor pipe to see how big the leak is in it yet?

radiator valves

@ April 8, 2014 8:23 PM in Bad new gorton valves?

can you post a photo of the radiator valve. Spitting vents are sometimes caused by the use of hot water radiator valves on steam radiators.

That's not even far enough to warm up my truck

@ April 3, 2014 11:20 PM in Burnham gas conversion

I only go as far east as Provincetown. If you are east of there I can not help you.

Pro dope

@ April 2, 2014 11:44 PM in pipe dope

it is simple and works well for NG iron pipe

Please call Tim

@ April 2, 2014 11:41 PM in To convert or not

He knows good people who can get this working well for you. Tim get one of your guys to put up an add, it helps keep the wall working for us all.

your torch is too small to fully heat the pipe

@ April 2, 2014 11:31 PM in Copper Joint that leaks in main pipe Solution please

and the solder needs to be silver bearing, 50/50 is too soft and the only stuff around now seems to be full of impurities. Copper should not be used for steam piping, but you know that. If you need to fix this I strongly suggest replacing it with iron and finding out the cause of the water hanging in the pipe or you will never be done with this.
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