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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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@ March 14, 2014 10:29 PM in Sight glass "empties" when boiler is firing

well I have to admit I never went to Dan's class

@ March 14, 2014 10:26 PM in Sight glass "empties" when boiler is firing

I 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.

can the fan motor

@ March 14, 2014 10:23 PM in Steam coil sound

be physically changed for a lower speed? Some things require actually mechanical changes.

yes it does

@ March 14, 2014 9:23 AM in Steam coil sound

can 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.

I have only had one leaking Munchkin

@ March 14, 2014 9:08 AM in Munchkin - failed HX

I 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.

what boiler do you now have?

@ 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.

also did you clean

@ March 14, 2014 8:49 AM in How to detect if there's oil in steam boiler water

the pigtail ? The new pipe may be a red herring.

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.
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