Joined on November 5, 2006
Last Post on May 18, 2013
@ May 18, 2013 2:44 PM in Kitchen sink ventJack,
I gather from your post that you understand it is never good to have a horizontal vent below the flood level of any fixture. You could simply install a new vertical drain in the wall behind the sink, elbow it, slightly off center, into the sink cabinet, and connect an air admittance valve before the trap adapter.
If you have 2 x 6 wall framing, install a 2" verticle drain to the left or right of the window, and connect a 2" teewye with the branch aimed towards the sink, about 16" above the floor. Reduce the top of the teewye to 1.5", and continue this vent vertically to at least 42"AFF. Extend the drain branch horizontally through the framing for up to 8' or as needed to reach the center of the sink............
@ April 28, 2013 7:38 AM in brass nippleRadmix:
I've had sucesss lining up all the nipples in stock at the supply house; often you can find a nipple 1/4" longer or shorter than the advertised length.
I have used hot rods 5/8 " drill out" of a male adapter to create a slip adapter for various uses. Most recently I needed a male thread 1/2" from a finished tile wall to install an ips tub spout that had been roughed - in with copper tubing........
@ March 22, 2013 3:55 PM in Boiler, Indirect, Oil tanks, for sale..I'm interested in the boiler........
@ March 17, 2013 10:04 AM in 275 gal oil tank basic basement install adviceMost supply houses stock 12 gauge single wall tanks; 10 gauge tanks are available by special order.
We like to air test new tanks once we get them into the basement, usually to 3psi for 24 hours.
Connecting the fill and vent piping with swing joints will help reduce stress on the bung welds as the tank settles during filling.
Pitching the tank towards the bottom port and connecting the oil line there will reduce the accumulation of condensation / moisture.
We keep the oil line piping tucked under the tank, out of harms way, and always secure the filter sturdily to an adjacent wall.
@ March 2, 2013 2:14 PM in John wood h20 heater leakCommercial water heaters should be drained and flushed every six month.........
@ March 2, 2013 2:11 PM in John wood h20 heater leakProper installation and maintenance can add years to a tanks life. The burner, flue ways, and smoke pipe should be inspected and cleaned yearly. High water pressure ( 80 + psi) should be reduced , and a thermal expansion tank must be installed to prevent pressure fluctuation.
The tank should be drained and flushed anually to reduce mineral deposits and sediment build up in the bottom of the tank. The anode rods should be inspected yearly ( every six months with softened water ); the relief valve should be exercised yearly as well............
@ February 28, 2013 11:17 AM in One for the plumbersI've used this Apex product to dissolve mineral deposits in plumbing fixtures, and tankless coils; it is safe to handle, and extremely effective.
@ February 17, 2013 10:22 AM in What business lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?1 - It doesn't hurt to work at or near break - even cost. I don't do it often, but it does give me the opportunity to show off my knowledge and skills for new clients, and it usually results in repeat business at my price.
2 - The importance of keeping up and staying connected with technology, on all fronts. I fell behind, but I'm catching up; my new tablet is my favorite and most valuable tool.
3 - The value of good communication skills. I've made changes in the way I speak and write, and interact with customers, associates, and employees. I've worked hard to become a better listener, and improve the way I process information.
@ January 18, 2013 7:42 AM in looking for outside of the box ideas onlyI've had some luck loosening the union nut slightly, and then tightening each half of the union to change to a new mating point of contact...............
@ January 1, 2013 3:36 PM in Help! Problem with Burnham MPO temperature guage and pressure. Scratching my head??Yes, the circulator was running.
@ December 30, 2012 12:50 AM in Help! Problem with Burnham MPO temperature guage and pressure. Scratching my head??We had an issue with a pair of MPO's overshooting the aquastat set point by 100 degrees. Both wells had an undersized drilling that prevented the sensing bulb from full insertion.......................
@ November 27, 2012 7:13 AM in Noisy Burnham AlpineI had a similar high pitched vibration issue with a Viessmann modcon that took some time to identify and solve. After a very orderly process of elimination, we found that the spring tension of a check valve on the piping for DHW was too high..................
@ November 12, 2012 5:27 PM in Laing Thermotech re - circ pumpDoes anyone have any experience with the Auto Circ Series under sink re - circ pumps. Specifically, how do they perform drawing through a thermostatic tempering valve.............MikeL
@ October 21, 2012 9:48 AM in CBS news radio 880masterofnone:
Thanks for identifying the sponsor. I've been in contact with the program director @ 880, and will pass on the sponsors information.................
@ October 19, 2012 4:01 PM in CBS news radio 880Has anyone else heard the ad campaign, usually during the Yankees game broadcast, that advises homeowners to adjust their water heater thermostat to 115 degrees to save energy?
@ May 29, 2012 4:04 PM in chemical cleaning of heater coil?karpat: Rydlyme is an electrolyte that is non - toxic, biodegradable, safe to handle, extremely effective, and will not produce noxious fumes or corrode metals. Only you can determine if it has value for your application.
@ May 29, 2012 5:11 AM in chemical cleaning of heater coil?I have been using Rydlyme to clean coils for at least 20 years with fantastic results.
@ January 30, 2012 5:58 AM in How to drain boiler without a floor drainMalex: We keep an assortment of altered five gallon ( & smaller ) pails on our trucks; some are as small as 2" tall to fit in tight places, mostly for draining sink traps or toilet tank connectors. You could combine a short pail and wet vac to get down to the last drop..............................
@ January 24, 2012 9:13 AM in air eliminationdp: I would never recommend using a water heater drain cock as a source of a high pressure purge connection; most water heaters are not maintained properly and you definitely don't want the minerals and sediment that accumulate in the bottom of the tank in your heating system.
I read Dan's book " Pumping Away " in 1994 and have been doing so since with spectacular results. I suggest that if you don't want to move the circulator, at least move the feed valve to the place where the expansion tank is connected and add a Spirovent or equivalent.