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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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Not to be rude Heat pro, but it will sound rude

@ April 2, 2014 7:27 AM in Value of converting oil/steam to modcon gas?

If people could fix steam, did the math out, and understand steam they would never remove steam. Your last paragraph highlights my point clearly.

as long as low bidders and not so low bidders

@ March 28, 2014 10:44 AM in Do you ever get sick of looking

install boilers I will never be out of work. Just looked at an 888 weil McLain with 2 four inch risers going into a six inch header that was about 6" above the jacket and welded straight into the header with the system supply right in the middle of the two risers.

CIBB will work fine

@ March 28, 2014 9:34 AM in Adding cast iron baseboard to one-pipe steam system

you need to pipe it two pipe if it is over 4' long. the return end needs either a trap or a water seal and a vent on the return end of the baseboard. As for putting the vent in the middle, it is hard to guess where the steam thinks the middle is as it is never the measured middle of the unit and it would have steam crashing together coming from each end.

if you clean it too well

@ March 28, 2014 9:26 AM in 10 PSI versus Maid-O'-Mist

after all this time you may expose leaks you never knew you had. Make sure if you clean it well it is on a day before a warm spell.

usually it does not

@ March 24, 2014 10:00 PM in Sizing steam boiler with indirect water heater

need up sized for domestic. As long as it is sized for the EDR and there is not a crazy amunt of hot water needed.

under 4 feet

@ March 21, 2014 8:06 PM in adding CI BB to a single pipe system

and baseboard works fine on one pipe. If it is over that I pipe it like the old two pipe air vent systems. Use a vent yet run the return back to a return with a air trap,

you miss undestand the issue

@ March 20, 2014 10:37 PM in Ornate Cast Iron Radiators

the tops are not connected across, they are steam only radiators. The valve by oventrop does not make these work on a forced water system.

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...

http://www.riello.ca/products/commercial-burners/com-oil/rl28-38-50
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?
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