Charlie from wmass
Joined on September 21, 2006
Last Post on November 29, 2013
@ June 27, 2013 12:53 PM in gun-barreled radiatorsroughly every foot of height would be one edr for each column by your numbers. Nothing wrong with having radiators no one has seen before, I find dozens each year that are not in the books. I would love to see a wide angle photo, not that the cat is not cute, I am just more interested in the iron.
@ June 27, 2013 12:47 PM in Warm water circulating in heating circuit when indirect firingyou need the right part for the job. Remove the swing check and install a flow check or a spring check. I prefer the former for long life.
@ June 27, 2013 12:40 PM in Radiant tubing and toilet wax sealkeeps the tubes out near where your feet are anyways. I have seen wax rings that over time flowed out of place with the radiant too close. Then I used the foam rubber rings to replace them.
@ June 27, 2013 12:36 PM in Splitting steam system in a duplexhe already found the Wall. Even if the smallest boiler is a bit over sized it is still a Great Idea to split the heat with two boilers. Tenant will not just open their window if it gets too hot if they have to pay for the heat. It will also make it easier to balance the heat. If the boiler is to large you install a vaporstat as it shuts off the boiler at a low pressure, boilers that are shut off burn no fuel. If your in Mass then call me we can talk.
@ June 27, 2013 12:29 PM in 6" Boiler Exhaust w/ 5" chimney liner. how bad is this?they each have their own code book though. a BTU is a BTU. The size of the liner is different for power burners of a given BTU versus an atmospheric vented burner.
@ June 26, 2013 1:06 PM in 6" Boiler Exhaust w/ 5" chimney liner. how bad is this?load you can go down one size. If it is 15 feet tall it may not work but if it is 30 feet tall it may be fine. The charts are in the code books there is no guessing.
@ June 26, 2013 1:02 PM in Add Boiler Feed Tank Or Not?is a big thing in Boston. There is also a lot of "We have always done it this way" in Boston. Being born and raised out in Western Mass I always assumed work would be done better out east. I have yet to see a proper boiler installation in Boston, Worcester, or New Bedford.
@ June 13, 2013 4:53 PM in How the Europeans do it?I am sure I could start a fight in an empty room with what I am going to say, but here I go anyways. The way they do it across the pond is not always better, the trades people are not inherently better. I grew up in a time of people who could not get B's or better in school were sent to the trades and everyone else was sent to college. As an A student and scoring in the top 1 percent for the SAT exams I chose to go into the Plumbing trade. I never went to college, I should have and still may go, yet I do pretty well in my trade.
I have seen tradespeople come here from Europe who no nothing about doing a proper installation. My Father started his trade in 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland. He knew a handful of great tradesmen there and many more who could barely change a washer in a faucet. I would put our plumbing and heating systems when properly installed against anything they have to offer over there without hesitation. We need to realize quality not country of origin makes for great products.
Reillo burners in the hands of the untrained are nightmares, but so are Carlins.
The one thing I think we are short on here is not more time in school for tradespeople but less time wondering what they should do when they grow up. If people started the trade at 15 and were working for spending money the boss could afford for them to be less productive and focus more on training them. When a 30 or 40 year old with a family approaches me to start the trade I know he could not afford to live on what he is really worth to me. I also could not face my customers with the bills if I had to pay him what he would need for the work they received from him.
If you want Superior trades people start them young, train them well, and give them room to grow.
@ June 13, 2013 4:31 PM in Amateur Hour gas boiler installIf it is in Massachusetts it should have non ferrous pipe for it's discharge though.
@ June 13, 2013 4:23 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!We would like for every job to be perfect when we leave it, but much better is sometimes all that can be done for right now. Glad things are working better.
@ June 13, 2013 4:19 PM in wiring baseboard heater to steam boilerin series with the relay to turn on the burner you can have it call for heat without creating steam.
@ June 13, 2013 4:16 PM in piping steam boilers to an alcohol stillwhat is the load for the mash pot, is the condensate able to travel by gravity back to the boiler? If this is a legal still post specs as if the heat exchanger is sized for a specific pressure of steam supply it will make a difference in pipe sizing.
@ June 9, 2013 11:46 AM in Downsizing boilerThey will know how far you can down fire. Some boilers they allow 50% down fire. You could also use a two stage or modulating burner. This would give you a fast recovery yet let you down fire to stop short cycling. Do not forget to use a vaporstat.
@ May 27, 2013 9:47 PM in weil-mcclain steamerthen being undersized is not that big of a deal.
@ May 26, 2013 10:46 AM in weil-mcclain steamerSteam required goes higher per EDR as the room temperature goes down. Too small of a boiler will waste fuel with extended run times for heat. Are the units individually controlled for temperature?
@ May 23, 2013 1:42 PM in I have noticed more and more shotty workthat say they can change out a boiler in a matter of hours and do it properly. Yet I have to go behind the half day wonders and let the home owners know it will take a bit longer to repipe it properly.
@ May 23, 2013 1:24 PM in Opinions Wanted!!with Riello and an indirect. Available at F.W.Webbs. It is a rebadged Biasi.
@ May 23, 2013 1:10 PM in weil-mcclain steamerif you use a wetbase boiler with a power burner you can squeeze more saving out when running the boiler.
@ May 23, 2013 1:08 PM in weil-mcclain steamerare you sure this is the boiler the system requires? As of late I have seen boilers both over and undersized so I had to ask.
@ May 23, 2013 12:59 PM in Need Help with SizingI am willing to get the Westchester County License. The fact they charge more than the whole state of Massachusetts and Connecticut combined makes people stay away for just a one off job. New York Licensing is fragmented and all over the board.
@ May 23, 2013 12:54 PM in Inspections needed on condensing boilers!support the flex pipe and the trap stays in place. I drill the wall and insert an anchor then use a couple 3/4" van hangers to hold the flex pipe. Even just a strap hanger would work to the wall.
@ May 16, 2013 7:58 AM in Pressure Relief Valves on Expansion Tanksisolation valves.