Joined on July 28, 2003
Last Post on February 28, 2009
@ February 28, 2009 7:55 AM in How has your Business Plan changed in this recession?Mad Dog is so right. I am a small time home builder and the subs that took care of people when times were good are still booked solid. The guys that cut corners, talked down to people, never followed up and did the right thing when a problem occurred on the job, these guys are really hurting. I love Karma..... Mad Dog Wrote "I always had several irons in the fire: We have niches, but we don't ONLY do those." I notice many guys on Long Island don't diversify their sources of income. If their one business goes down they are screwed. Guys in Brooklyn will have two or three sources of income. For instance, a plumber will also own several rental units or be in partners in a pizzeria.
@ February 29, 2008 9:54 PM in Buzzing BaseboardsJust wedge a matchbook in between the baseboards
@ February 28, 2008 1:05 PM in How often should boiler water be replaced on a 5 yr old unit?You should be changing the water in your boiler two times per year. On the same day that I do this I also change the air in my car tires. You wouldn't believe how much smoother the car drives with fresh air in the tires plus you'll get slightly better gas milage.
@ February 26, 2008 7:31 AM in Homeowner angry at ViesmannBut look at all the money he's saving by having this state of the art boiler that you must get parts Fed ex'ed in and many techs have difficulty working on it. Just disregard the 600 bucks for the gas valve, 200 in fire wood, 100 in space heaters. AND 130 hours with No Heat. Heaven Forbid if the ignition system goes.... Whoops there goes another 600 out the window and several days without heat.
@ February 20, 2008 3:06 PM in Homeowner angry at ViesmannCouldn't agree more. If you're gonna be installing the unit and this is the product line you're going to be pushing to your customers, it makes sense to have spare parts available. I guess commen sense died a long time ago.
@ February 17, 2008 4:59 PM in Homeowner angry at ViesmannI was a heating contractor. Retired.
@ February 17, 2008 1:08 PM in Fuel Company liable in DeathI didn't disappear, I just don't sit on the PC all day. Ed Carey I have no interest in this case. I was just a little surprised that you can get hyperthermia and die from a stuck flow valve. Also I incorrectly assumed that once you advise the customer and they sign off, you can still be held liable. I guess the customer signing the ticket even if you put they are running at there own risks, won't hold up.
@ February 17, 2008 11:56 AM in Homeowner angry at ViesmannOf course I had some breakdowns with my oil boiler. Anything mechnical can breakdown. Would I have to get a Nozzle Fed Ex'ed to get my boiler working?? Would I have to get a new set of electrodes or transformer Fed Ex'ed??? If I had gas heat and had a basic standing pilot gas valve and it malfunctioned would I have to Fed Ex one in??? Why buy a heating system that parts must be UPS'ed in??? 500 bucks for a gas valve, plus all the aggrevation. Where's all your savings in effeciency??? Give me a heating system that when it's 11 PM, temperature is 10 degrees and the service tech has the parts on his truck or will have the part once the shop opens in the morning. And the tech knows how to repair the unit. Why would I want a heating system that allot of techs don't know how to work on it???
@ February 17, 2008 9:49 AM in Homeowner angry at ViesmannWhen I here stories like this I'm happy I stuck with oil heat. If I ever switched to gas I would get me a nice dependable standing pilot with a basic gas valve. I rather pay a little more each year than get a heating unit that you have to get parts Fed Ex'ed. Even 1 day without heat is to much.
@ February 16, 2008 8:25 AM in Fuel Company liable in DeathOn page A6 in Newsday today they report an oil company must pay 75K due to a woman's death. Newsday states the woman died from "prolonged exposure to 110 degree heat" Then in another paragraph they state she died from hyperthermia. It appears the flow valve and aquastat was defective causing the heat to keep running. She signed off on the ticket that the unit was unsafe. Thoughts??
@ January 5, 2008 7:54 AM in Im sorry Dan but enough is enoughMan, I thought this was just me with this problem. At first I thought my eyes we're going bad and not reading the letters correctly. I've tried to post several times but gave up. Dan's tip is very usefull.. Thanks.
@ January 3, 2008 3:36 PM in Should 180 degrees be enoughOn really cold nights 10 degrees plus wind chill I turn up my hi limit to 200 because the house just doesn't keep up. I have new windows. Do you guys always leave hi limit at 180 and your home is able to get to 70??
@ October 28, 2007 4:36 PM in Converting a Beckett to a waste oil burnerSomeone is selling on ebay a how to guide to convert a Beckett oil burner to a waste oil burner and they claim you casn save big $$$... Can a Beckett or other type burner ie. Carlin, Riello etc. be converted to burn waste oil???
@ October 15, 2007 2:22 PM in Now they're claiming to be lawyersI received a bs call from ebay on my cell phone ... When you sell something on ebay you put in your contact number. I have my cell number. Some guy gets on the phone stating he's from ebay and I owe several hundred bucks in fees.. I just hung up quick and never heard back..
@ September 22, 2007 7:54 AM in Kero vs. Heating oilThanks for the responses...
@ September 21, 2007 8:11 PM in Kero vs. Heating oilI purchase my oil cod. Kerosene is running about 10 cents more per gallon. Any benefits to using kerosene over home heating oil.
@ March 8, 2007 9:00 PM in disgusting HO's anyone???I was working in a customers home and from pics on the wall and conversation I could tell the customer was gay. I'm not homophobic and he was a nice guy. The only thing unusual was he asked me 3 or 4 times if I had to use the bathroom. I always wondered if that was one of those code phrases gay guys use to see if you're gay or not. Or who knows maybe he had a hidden camera in there. Just thought it was strange.
@ February 24, 2007 10:13 PM in adding heat in bsmt.I would just cut a hole in your smoke pipe, attach a dryer vent hose to this opening, then run your dryer vent hose to the area you want heated.
@ February 10, 2007 12:03 PM in Riello training Long IslandAny Riello training coming to Long Island???
@ February 6, 2007 9:04 PM in Temperature couldn't pass 69 degreesThis morning at 6:30 am my tenant called and told me she had the t stat set at 72 but the house only reached 69 and her daughter is freezeing... Mind you the temperature outside was 5 degrees... some folks just don't get it...
@ December 9, 2006 5:29 PM in Hot water heate in a Levittown capeI own a Levittown cape, boiler under the stairs. Hot water is heated with a coil. If I wanted to put a hot water heater in does anyone have experiences where to put it.. thanks all.
@ December 7, 2006 9:58 AM in becket burnersCould be a number of things.. I know you came here looking for an answer but it might be best to call a heating tech.