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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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Is your photo sideways?

@ September 10, 2013 11:53 AM in One pipe steam questions

If it is not then your vent is side ways.

Joe it is not the boiler from what I see

@ September 10, 2013 11:46 AM in old house steam questions

It is always always always a bad installation. This goes for Burnham, Buderus wall hungs, and every other boiler I see that is getting a bad name.

It can be done

@ August 31, 2013 7:49 PM in Copper Finned Recessed Steam Radiators

They are suppose to be okay. If the whole house is them then they work equal. If only one is used and the rest are cast iron it will not heat as long as the cast irons.

No Lead rules effect price

@ August 27, 2013 9:08 AM in viega [not] bagging press sleeves

It is the new metal formula not the loaded sleeves that raised the cost. BTW we are not suppose to discuss specific pricing on here. I prefer Viega but also use Uponor.

Nan Where are you located

@ August 27, 2013 8:59 AM in oil to gas

perhaps one of us services that area.


@ August 12, 2013 5:31 PM in Methods for finding leaking Steam Traps

and a mechanics stethoscope helps too.

They show check vales to

@ August 9, 2013 12:46 AM in DHW mixing valve and check valve requirements?

prevent the hot cold water cross flow that was mentioned above. They also show a pressure reducing valve which is why they have the expansion tank in the diagram. The way they show it is the best way to do it when the incoming pressure is high, I figure above 75 psi. The budget does not always allow ffor the expansion tank, and it is not needed unless the expanding water can not relieve  upstream of the tank. The check valves at the valve are required if the valve is installed in MA. I can not speak for other areas.  

being a steam guy

@ August 9, 2013 12:39 AM in Backwashing domestic tankless coil

I steam clean the coils I deal with during the annual service.

Also as for the storage tanks

@ August 9, 2013 12:33 AM in New here with a lot of crazy questions.

If you use pressurized tanks you can heat the water to above boiling and your circulators and related piping do not need to be for open system use. In other words spend more on the tanks and spend less on the other parts. The tanks will last far longer then the circulators will.

So sounds like you really want the steam

@ August 9, 2013 12:29 AM in New here with a lot of crazy questions.

If you have flat ceilings you need to make sure the heat emitters you use can drain. The use of standard design radiators will leave a lot of water in them after a couple heating cycles. The use of flared copper like Gerry used has the advantage of being able to withstand vacuum well. I seldom see ceiling mounted radiators that do not have draining issues as they were not made even state side to lay flat. The heat exchanger to make steam from water also needs to give room for the water to separate. a drying chamber would help on the outlet of the heat exchanger well insulated 6" pipe would work. You can use it as a manifold for your steam tubes. The wall thickness allows enough metal where you could drill and tap into the pipe for sizes 1/2" BPS or smaller. From what you described I would say read up on the fire tube system and use it for a model. 
What are you planning to use for heat emitters? 

ok post is going too serious for me now

@ August 9, 2013 12:13 AM in How is business

when asked " how's business?" these are my three favorite replies:
1- Down the drain!
2- It runs hot and cold.
3- Steaming along!
DO good work, keep a fair profit, stand behind your work, and enjoy your work!
If you are not making a profit at the price the other guys are working for and you have your costs under control then go fishing now, for you will be busy fixing their installations when it gets cold out.

here is a start

@ August 9, 2013 12:06 AM in New here with a lot of crazy questions.

I am not saying steam is dead

@ August 9, 2013 12:04 AM in New here with a lot of crazy questions.

I am saying it may not even be available to you due to efficiency regulations based on max fluid temperatures instead of total system energy use. I was not suggesting hanging radiators off your ceiling. In the radiant section there are several threads about radiant tubing embedded in the ceiling. I will find a link to the a post for you.
You can check my posts I am defiantly pro steam. as well as definitely pro steam. 
I just think a plane ticket to install your system would be cost prohibitive for the project.

Has anyone thought this way,

@ August 8, 2013 6:35 PM in Prevailing wage questions

Maybe the "over paid" are not over paid. Maybe the rest of us are underpaid? I am not union, but I know if it was not for unions we would not have weekends, 40 hour work weeks, an end to child labor, and we would be working for the same wages as those flipping burgers.

You can ask him Johnny

@ August 8, 2013 6:30 PM in New here with a lot of crazy questions.

that is the reason he went state side.

only way to solve over heating

@ August 8, 2013 1:35 PM in kill overheat with wood furnace

you need a storage tank, 500 to 1000 gallons and the proper controls. The way you have it piped is not efficient or safe. You are risking over heating either boiler while it is firing as water is lazy and seldom does what it is not forced to do by either gravity or a pump.  

As a steam guy I will say

@ August 8, 2013 1:32 PM in New here with a lot of crazy questions.

you will be better off using water. Radiant panels with a good condensing boiler will work quite well. Steam is good for use is the infrastructure and support is there. I recommend sticking with what the local supply chain has for those days when you need a part now and can not wait for it to come in three days.
p.s. I was almost a Kiwi, my Da was torn between coming to the States or going to New Zealand. Since he is a Scot he went with the cheaper air fare ticket and he we are.

or you can look here

@ August 8, 2013 1:25 PM in Prevailing wage questions

I have complete faith in your math Gary

@ August 8, 2013 1:24 PM in Prevailing wage questions

I was speak to the trade in general not to you personally. The entity paying is required to have the wage rates in print on hand. The town hall of whatever town you are working in should have it on file too as the rates are the same for any project they have going too.

My take on prevailing wages

@ August 8, 2013 1:31 AM in Prevailing wage questions

They are in place to make sure the man turning the wrench gets paid a decent wage. If one can not afford to pay their help the prevailing wage for your region you need to reevaluate what you are charging. We do both private, state, and federal work. I have found many people bidding and doing work that requires Davis Bacon either can not do basic math or are lying about what they are paying their workers.   In Mass it is divided by county and the rates are available from who ever is handing out the checks for the work.

Why not just run the right size of gas line?

@ July 30, 2013 11:07 PM in Advice needed on replacement hot water tank

why risk high pressure gas pressure when running a larger pipe will suffice?

OVER OVER thinking

@ July 30, 2013 10:54 PM in Adding second hydronic loop to system

we are debating this like it is a whole house heating system. It is a hot water loop off a steam boiler. Steve I will be calling by Thursday to discuss when I can come by. It is 25 feet of baseboard.
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