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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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If the old return had a leak

@ March 14, 2014 8:47 AM in How to detect if there's oil in steam boiler water

it would not allow pressure to build. now the leak is fixed the pressure builds. could that explain it for you?

wider angle on the nozzle

@ March 12, 2014 8:51 AM in Carlin Gas Conversion or new oil tank?

I had a couple boilers this year that I tried a wider nozzle angle and the rumble went away. Same GPH, Same pattern, one angle wider. no rumble. It was nice. If it was an SGO I would already have the burner on it and running for the guy. And worry about fixing the near boiler piping in the warm weather.

you can down feed the steam

@ March 12, 2014 7:16 AM in Steam distribution pipe removal options?

Call Thatcher, get a price, and decide from there.

I have not seen repeatable results

@ March 12, 2014 7:06 AM in Carlin Gas Conversion or new oil tank?

when I test steam boiler with my meter unless I test with a cold boiler before the water boils. It may be a new trick in my area but I often find the efficiency off several points when I test a boiler at or near boiler compared to the print our that is next to the boiler. Yes my meter goes in for regular tune ups and I carry the wet kit just incase my readings seem off with the digital and I want to double check.

that efficency number means less than you think

@ March 11, 2014 4:09 PM in Carlin Gas Conversion or new oil tank?

That 45% excess air means there is 45% not 33% excess air pumping through your boiler and up the chimney. also I tell you what I can check the combustion for you tonight and see if that number is even real. Call me I will be free after 5:30

to the original question

@ March 11, 2014 3:30 PM in Converting one pipe steam to hot water!?

The valves will not be an issue for you, use them without a worry. I am guessing you are running two pex lines to each radiator and home running the lines. That said fixing the steam system and installing a properly sized and piped boiler would be better for return on investment and comfort. If you do not do steam hire me and make a mark up off me to do your steam work.

Ice now you see

@ March 11, 2014 3:25 PM in Carlin Gas Conversion or new oil tank?

why I recommend a new boiler not a conversion burner.

Is conversion worth it?

@ March 11, 2014 11:03 AM in Carlin Gas Conversion or new oil tank?

Has  every one looked at the photo of the installation? This is a typical Springfield copper no header no equalizer boiler that is a couple decades old. The 95% rule still applies in Mass. Just went over it in CE class.

We do not discuss pricing on the wall

@ March 5, 2014 10:00 PM in Carlin Gas Conversion or new oil tank?

it is one of the golden rules that keeps things civil on here. I still say it is good money after bad to put a conversion burner on a biler as old as you have.


@ March 5, 2014 2:06 PM in Why not a cut in of zero?

the setting  marks lack it so we need to make it close to zero yet as Chris said, not so low as to allow the system to breath.

I live in Springfield

@ March 5, 2014 2:01 PM in Carlin Gas Conversion or new oil tank?

call me. I know a bit about steam boilers.

Are there two pipes per radiator or one?

@ February 28, 2014 12:27 AM in Cast Iron Radiator Valves - Adjusting

if it is only one you have steam heat. If it is two you may still have steam heat. Do you have a glass tube on your boiler to check the water level?

Just one of those days

@ February 28, 2014 12:23 AM in Apologies and explanation

I had a supply line to a tub and shower valve I was replacing decide to simple blow apart at the coupling that was installed 20 years or so ago as I was about to put in the new valve. The bathroom is on a third floor in the building over from the mechanical room with the main shut off valve in it. Tomorrow is another day, as  write I realize it is tomorrow I better get to bed.

just to be safe

@ February 28, 2014 12:12 AM in Low pressure steam, but long burner cycle

have you tried to flood the boiler to check for a leak? I know of a few boilers that were sending up plumes of steam through the chimney yet still heated the dwelling just fine.

all dry returns must

@ February 28, 2014 12:04 AM in No Pressure and Water Loss

tie together below the water line of the boiler. from your drawing your first boiler was a snowman type with a really high waterline. Also make sure you install properly located mainline vents.

Before we throw Burnham under the bus

@ February 9, 2014 10:12 PM in No Pressure and Water Loss

Can you post a photo of how the boiler is piped?

thanks for the info

@ February 8, 2014 4:46 PM in Brown Vari Vac System

I am not getting far with the one Steamhead listed, first one wants a system plan from an engineer, second says no pumps this small, third has not returned my calls or emails. Yet I am moving forward still. I am making contact with pumpguy to see what he has to offer. I will check out Nash Jennings. As for natural vacuum, the system is designed with no venting as the pump does that for it. So that would mean backed up air for the start of the cycles with out cutting in lots of new venting.
The originall control panel and valve for controling vacuum are in place, I just do not know if they can be rebuilt to work yet.

Brown Vari Vac System

@ February 6, 2014 9:12 PM in Brown Vari Vac System

I have a 1250 EDR system I am looking to add the vacuum pump back onto. Getting a run around trying to get a vacuum pump for this, any ideas guys? The original pump was replaced with a condensate reciever by a heating contractor who "new more" than the original engineer with his fancy expensive stuff.

stainless steel liner only please

@ December 31, 2013 2:48 AM in Is Carlin EZ 1 Steam Gas Conversion worth $$$$

The aluminum liners can corrode from leftover soot in the chimney from the outside in. also being an oil boiler it will still have left over soot no matter how well it is cleaned out. The Stainless is not that much more then the aluminum to make changing it twice a good investment.

answer with questions

@ December 31, 2013 2:34 AM in Newbie Homeowner with half-working one-pipe steam radiators

Often it is a venting issue if the boiler has run fine in the past and the problem is a new one. How old is the boiler and what is the fuel source? a photo of theboiler may help even more then a picture of the radiators.

Disclaimer time

@ December 9, 2013 10:19 PM in Copper Press Fittings

I do not have help working for me. My time is what I sell. If I had to deal with help I am not sure I would trust them with a torch.
I can't see what the big deal is with soldering a few fittings for a boiler change out. Most boilers I change are steam so it is iron and threaded. When I change water boilers most do not use more then 1 1/2" pipe for the manifolds so I just solder them. The boilers I trouble shoot are often installed with press fittings and the fittings are not the issue, the improper installation practices are.

That's just fine for sealing that.

@ December 8, 2013 11:22 PM in Emilio's steam pipe insulation journey

also notching the insulation will be fine for around other pipes and hangers. If I do the insulation I grove the inner face to accomodate the hanger but that is just me being fussy. Tape at openings to prevent the air from flowing is important as the air currents will carry off BTU's, like little drafts.
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