Charlie from wmass
Joined on September 21, 2006
Last Post on August 11, 2014
@ June 11, 2014 12:26 AM in Oil to Gas Conversion10 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?
@ June 11, 2014 12:17 AM in Two Pipe Steam System with Air Ventslow 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.
@ June 10, 2014 11:18 PM in Any commentsThe 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.
@ June 10, 2014 10:46 AM in Any commentsusing 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?
@ 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.
@ June 10, 2014 10:12 AM in Mega Steam conversionI 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.
@ 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.
@ April 29, 2014 9:03 AM in Steam BoilerPower vented steam boiler side wall vented. Of course with a Fields power venter all boilers can be side wall vented.
@ April 14, 2014 7:14 AM in Help with Sizing a BoilerIf 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.
@ April 11, 2014 7:51 PM in Tub strainer removalit is not quite the horsepower I have behind my hacksaw, but it is way faster then I can move the blade back and forth.
@ April 11, 2014 7:47 PM in Mass Oil Burner ExamI 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.
@ 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.
@ 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.
@ April 11, 2014 6:42 PM in Help with Sizing a Boileryour 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.
@ April 10, 2014 7:43 AM in Tub strainer removalit 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.
@ 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.
@ April 10, 2014 6:50 AM in Questions regarding the main vent and auto water feeder that cuts off the boiler every 10 minutesI 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?
@ 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.