Charlie from wmass
Joined on September 21, 2006
Last Post on August 11, 2014
@ March 15, 2014 4:52 PM in Steam coil soundise strips of duct tape. I hate to say use duct tape, but it will work this time.
@ March 15, 2014 3:05 PM in Steam coil soundsame issue different size of the coil. It is happening inside the coil instead of outside.
@ March 14, 2014 10:47 PM in Steam radiators without bleeders for hot water systemCan 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.
@ March 14, 2014 10:32 PM in Question about two pipe systemtaller? Where are your main vents? Why is the dry return tied in above the waterline?
@ March 14, 2014 10:29 PM in Sight glass "empties" when boiler is firinghttp://www.heatinghelp.com/article/323/Boilers/296/Why-Did-the-Water-Leave-That-Steam-Boiler
@ March 14, 2014 10:26 PM in Sight glass "empties" when boiler is firingI own many of his books but not The Lost Art of Steam. Just saying Dan's question list maybe the best this to stick too.
@ March 14, 2014 10:23 PM in Steam coil soundbe physically changed for a lower speed? Some things require actually mechanical changes.
@ March 14, 2014 9:23 AM in Steam coil soundcan you adjust air flow? Rather then speeding up the steam, try slowing down the air so the condensate is a bit warmer as it gets near the trap.
@ March 14, 2014 9:08 AM in Munchkin - failed HXI did not install the boiler but was called when it was leaking. The leak was one of the factory installed nipples sheared off at the tapping into the heat exchanger. It leaked into the heat exchanger drain and was running out mostly to the condensate drain. The owner was not interested in their warrantee and opted for a Veissman.
@ March 14, 2014 8:52 AM in Dual Boiler Set-up Feasibility?you say yours is 10 years old. you may be able to just change to a gas burner instead of changing out the whole boiler. A photo of your current boiler would give us a better idea of the feasiblity of this.
@ March 14, 2014 8:49 AM in How to detect if there's oil in steam boiler waterthe pigtail ? The new pipe may be a red herring.
@ March 14, 2014 8:47 AM in How to detect if there's oil in steam boiler waterit would not allow pressure to build. now the leak is fixed the pressure builds. could that explain it for you?
@ 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.
@ March 12, 2014 7:16 AM in Steam distribution pipe removal options?Call Thatcher, get a price, and decide from there.
@ 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.
@ 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
@ 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.
@ March 11, 2014 3:25 PM in Carlin Gas Conversion or new oil tank?why I recommend a new boiler not a conversion burner.
@ 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.
@ 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.
@ March 5, 2014 2:01 PM in Carlin Gas Conversion or new oil tank?call me. I know a bit about steam boilers.