Joined on October 16, 2002
Last Post on March 6, 2014
@ March 6, 2014 10:23 PM in Cleaning a boiler.If you tune an oil burner in Summer, won't the settings be "off" for dead of Winter running?
@ March 6, 2014 5:53 PM in intermittent lockoutsAny chance the lockout occurs when both oil burners fire at same time?
I have heard of one burner getting "starved" for oil while the other is firing at same time. Usually happens when they share a single oil supply line and it is partially clogged/narrowed by years of gunk buildup, or from a crimp in the line.
It is worth checking out. perhaps the supply line needs to be blown out back towards the tank. BTW, is there a filter at the tank itself that needs to be replaced?
@ February 9, 2014 7:42 PM in how do I test a" I am sure Mr Dan Hooligan (spelling) must pay you very well to be available to answer questions."
@ February 1, 2014 10:23 PM in Heating solutions for naughty children?... I am thinking Katie has in-floor electric resistant heat, or electric boiler with radiant floor heat. And little kids that play with the thermostat.
I'd be surprised if she returns to post again.
@ January 25, 2014 8:18 PM in Hot water storage tankThe hot water coil inside the boiler is most likely only 1/2 inch connections for domestic HW. More than 1/2" copper to feed the storage tank is wasted. PEX at 1/2" might be smaller internally.
If the boiler temp is set to 180*, you will not see 180* water from the output of the internal coil. It will be much less. Especially on an older used boiler.
@ January 22, 2014 12:25 PM in Drain boiler to replace boiler drain?Not mocking you at all.
10*F , wind chill in negative F numbers, a foot of white-out snow blizzard with no heat is not fun no matter where you live.
I am not panicking at all, but no reason to go out and drive in those conditions unless you are a first-responder. With a 4x4.
@ January 21, 2014 6:34 PM in Cold Water coming out instead of Hot Water..When I need a hot shower...HELPIs it just at the shower that gets cold? Or at all faucets too?
If just at the shower then the problem could be the balancing shower controls.
@ January 21, 2014 4:48 PM in Time Meter for Riello F5 Burner5,995 hours times (corrected) gph times price per gallon.
@ January 21, 2014 10:52 AM in Drain boiler to replace boiler drain?Close the gate valves to the system. Lucky you, I'm never that lucky.
I put the gate valves in to isolate the boiler w/o having to drain all the zones. Got the idea from one of Dan's books.
Thanks for the advice; I was hoping that would work.
@ January 21, 2014 9:58 AM in Drain boiler to replace boiler drain?Definitely leaking out from around the stem.
@ January 20, 2014 11:30 PM in Drain boiler to replace boiler drain?I just don't want to tempt fate with a 20 yr old steel boiler when we are getting a foot of snow tomorrow during these "Artic Blast" low temps upon my area.
@ January 20, 2014 11:26 PM in Drain boiler to replace boiler drain?"Is there some reason the boiler has to be hot?
Why not turn it off for a couple hours. then isolate and drain the boiler."
@ January 20, 2014 10:48 PM in Drain boiler to replace boiler drain?The 1/4 turn boiler drain on my boiler is leaking from the stem. Nothing to tighten or replace, seems the ball and stem is totally sealed in the two halves of the casting.
On the attached sketch, the lower boiler drain is leaking. I can isolate the boiler itself by shutting the two gate valves. I am concerned about cracking the boiler if I drain out the water and then refill with cold water. I probably can rig up feeding the boiler from the hot water tank.
What I am hoping is, if I remove the lower boiler drain (after relieving the pressure), will the water will stay in the boiler (i.e. finger over the soda straw), since all the gate valves are closed? Will that work? It is 3/4" thread into the lower boiler.
@ December 19, 2013 12:21 AM in Importance of combustion gas testing?Bill
I'm just curious, how close do you get with your eyes and then using the analyzer?
@ December 10, 2013 12:55 PM in “R2000” Gar-Ber filter vs "regular" ?Seems they state the same flow rates. Which I will never come close to maximum!
Right now I just have the filter at the burner. Been that way for over 14 yrs. Never found water in it.
@ December 9, 2013 4:56 PM in Replacing combustion chamber questionNutmeg did hire a professional for the tuneup, almost 3 years ago when the this thread was started!!!!
Nevertheless, you made some excellent points.
Some repairs are labor-intensive and low-skilled at that. A chamber replacement is a messy job that many o time can be a DIY project. After heating season is done. Then hire a pro to do a thorough tuneup.
Some people just dont have the coin and *can* perform the messy simple jobs as DIY.
@ December 9, 2013 4:33 PM in “R2000” Gar-Ber filter vs "regular" ?While looking for a Gar-Ber spin-on filter cartridge, I came across a “R2000” Gar-Ber Spin-On Oil Cartridge w/Water Block.
Providing it fits the original filter mount, is it worth getting the R2000 instead of the original or "regular" spin-on filter?
It's a New Yorker boiler S-118-AP, Burner is Beckett AFG with 0.85 nozzle. Single pipe oil line.
@ March 5, 2013 11:30 PM in Convert from all electric: oil or propane?Not my house.
Long Island (St James), electric water heater and electric baseboards for heat. No natural gas in neighborhood.
Starting from scratch, what would be best new heating and water heating? Oil or propane? Geo thermal?
@ January 14, 2013 11:42 PM in Are there 12 volt DC circulator pumps?If I understand correctly, if you open a flow check manually for gravity flow, then the house could overheat unless you close the flow check??
If that is true then I don't see Mom going down the basement, with a flashlight, climb a ladder to open/close the flow check multiple times a day. The existing flowcheck or an electric zone valve could be mounted within her reach.
Connected once, a 12v dc hookup to the car can be turned on and off with her remote-start, from the comfort of her living room.
@ January 13, 2013 9:56 PM in Are there 12 volt DC circulator pumps?What's cheaper? An inverter large enough to run the heat circulator or a 12v DC circulator pump?
Mind you, not expecting to run the car all day long. Just 10 or 15 minutes at a time to get the chill out of the house.
Plus with an inverter would have to set up a transfer switch for the circulator power.
@ January 13, 2013 9:50 PM in Are there 12 volt DC circulator pumps?It's old - been there since early 1970's or late 1960's. Cast iron.
On second thought, I am not inclined to futz with it. Better to just replace it if it is to be played with to allow gravity feed during a storm.
But again someone has to open and close it if there is a power fail. The house could get overheated if left open.