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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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I do have a customer in Rutland

@ December 8, 2013 11:18 PM in Probably a question you are asked alot..

is it much North of there? Sure I go that far, just as Jamie said this is a busy time of year I would need to work it into the schedule. Call me in the evening we can discuss the details if you like.

I AM NOT saying to resist change

@ December 8, 2013 11:15 PM in Copper Press Fittings

I am saying why would I use a turbo diesel in a model T? If you want new and you do not want to solder quit using copper altogether. It is like using copper for residential DWV. Why bother plastic is better? Why spend thousands for a tool that will need repaired, replaced, or made obsolete soon? Embrace the future and leave the old stuff to the dinosaurs like me. I enjoy threading iron, I prefer sweating copper. I prefer my labor to equal my material, even exceed it sometimes. I prefer paying me not my beloved wholesaler.


@ December 8, 2013 11:44 AM in Wet return loop needed before entering the Equalizer??

do you not see the issue with the dry returns connecting above the waterline?
as for a water seal, it needs to hold back the boiler pressure from pushing steam under normal pressure back up the return pipe.

I work in old tinder boxes

@ December 8, 2013 11:39 AM in Copper Press Fittings

It goes with working on steam and vapor systems. If I did a lot of new work I may exam pro-press. I think press copper is a half step to me. Why use pressed copper instead of pex? If you want to save costs in material and labor why use copper. Pex is also not going to corrode like the copper will. Also the pex will take a freeze where the copper will not. As for iron press fittings I just shake my head. If you do not want to thread learn to weld or use Aqua-Therm. Again no flames, no heavy lifting, no corroding. If it is for gas then use CSST.

If I am paid to go there

@ December 7, 2013 7:43 PM in Probably a question you are asked alot..

I will go anywhere to install steam. I charge what I always charge, plus travel, plus andy special licensing I need to get if it is a one off for a given area.
As to the original post. Photos would help. Dan's books will help you a lot!!!  Hiring Steamhead or one of the other pro's that do steam would also be a good idea if reading is not your thing.

Yes the thing that stops the transfer of heat is the air

@ December 7, 2013 7:21 PM in Emilio's steam pipe insulation journey

Keep the joints nice and tight to prevent air flow and all will be great.

I still will not press and they can keep there

@ December 7, 2013 7:09 PM in Copper Press Fittings

iron press fittings too. If I want quick and cheap I will use pex. Of course I still thread up to 6" iron so I am a dinosaur.


@ November 29, 2013 10:47 PM in Steam riser: flange or coupling?

that is why we use flanges over 2". Also using 3/4" wrenches is easier then the 4' pipe wrench when tightening up 4" pipe.

triangle tube does not make steam boilers

@ November 29, 2013 10:44 PM in One Pipe Boiler System to A Two Pipe

if the used one pipe you would be very cold.

not safely

@ November 19, 2013 10:20 PM in Any way to extract more heat from the exhaust?

the boiler does it's job pretty well, that is why it can condense the flue gases.

check your returns

@ November 19, 2013 10:03 PM in Weekly Water Addition by Automatic Water Feeder

If this is like most Boston buildings I have looked at the return need help. Are there recievers pumping the condensate into the boiler? I so are they leaking? or over flowing?

How about changing air vents

@ November 5, 2013 9:20 PM in Proposal to

If you use Vent Rite #1 adjustable vents and slow down the larger rads vent speed and adjust the others as needed.

looks like they were double threaded

@ October 2, 2013 10:22 PM in Weird Pipe Threads

maybe they tried to rethread the nipple and got it cross threaded.

I service CT

@ October 1, 2013 8:32 AM in consultation on old steam system eastern connecticut area

Call me

Please note

@ September 28, 2013 5:43 PM in Poor Mans Insulation

The Kraft paper on that is not fire rated and poses a risk of spreading fire. Also note compressed insulation has very low R rating.

You should find the setting on the other

@ September 26, 2013 10:47 AM in Pressuretrol set right?

pressuretrol. the one that operates your system. This one is set at an acceptable setting as an Emergency back up. Do you have another one?

I know it has worked for 100 years

@ September 26, 2013 10:43 AM in How's this for an Old-Timer?

but I had to comment that they never used 6" nipples between the elbow and the header as we insist on today.

Do you have photos?

@ September 26, 2013 10:37 AM in steaming faster than condensate can return?

Pictures help us find any glaring mistakes that can lead to this. Skimming is the first thing to try. How was the boiler sized? do you have the Radiator list with e.d.r. of each one?

If the boiler is in southern CT

@ September 26, 2013 10:30 AM in I think theres an issue with an install

then that is pretty normal for installations. It is WRONG, but normal as everyone down there seems to do it that way.

I would be happy to discuss your system

@ September 26, 2013 10:25 AM in Steam specialist in or near west-central VT

I drive a fairly fuel efficient truck so I do  pretty wide circle. You can call my cell # it is in my signature below.

series will work

@ September 11, 2013 9:52 AM in diverter tee?

reverse return is better. Diverter tee is not used.

The radiator assembly room would be nice

@ September 10, 2013 12:03 PM in Preparing old radiators for hot water

I use threaded rod and tighten them even and steady.
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