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@ July 27, 2009 3:47 PM in heat consultant

Click "RESOURCES" under the headline at the top of the page....Then click "Find a Professional"...enter your zip code and you will be directed to the nearest listed person who reads the board in your area. Good luck. Chris


@ July 23, 2009 5:51 PM in steel radiators.

The company is a side company of Runtal, and make a wonderful product. Piping changes you describe....not so good. Steam and copper with solder joints have been proven a bad decision. Black iron pipe is the ONLY way to do this right. Holes can be made to accompany the differences the first time. Patchwork to repair all the mistakes using copper will cost more in the long take the tag line from Taco to heart. "Do it it right". It will cost far less to do it right the first time, than to do it over. It's also more profitable...Your choice. JCA

Very sorry to hear Dan.

@ July 20, 2009 11:04 AM in Mothers (Dan H.)

My thoughts and prayers to the whole family. It's been one heck of a week! Good thoughts...and like your new plate...GR8 Times. (Yes , I saw that!) Chris

Thanks Guys.

@ July 18, 2009 7:41 PM in A good friend has lost his Dad

I appreciate the thoughts and will let the family know that I've got friends that are wishing them the best also. Dad was a GREAT guy.Like most of us (I'm sure)...I didn't get to know him as one of my Best friends until I was given that status by him. We spent lots of time boating and fishing together when he was forced to retire. I've got some great stories on what got him there...and the people who felt the need to "trail" make sure he wasn't faking! Mom has told me since getting out of the Coast Guard that I was "turning into your father". I take that as a compliment ! Again, thank you all for your support and thoughts. Chris

Thanks Ruthe !

@ July 12, 2009 1:09 PM in BIG UGLY Western Mass Jerry Bash

Nancy and I always have a wonderful time out in the boonies. It's quite a relaxed pace compared to the heavily populated and traffic ravaged coast. Thanks to all who showed, and for those who didn't (sing along Dan) NA NA NA NA NAAAAA Na! Chris


@ July 9, 2009 8:35 PM in BIG UGLY Western Mass Jerry Bash

Consider that done ! Sorry to hear you'll be absent. I truly understand why...and wish it wasn't necessary. See ya next year? Keep up the good work. Many don't say it....but only because they don't understand, THANK YOU ! Chris

I hope....

@ July 6, 2009 9:11 PM in BIG UGLY Western Mass Jerry Bash

I hope we have a repeat of this weekend for weather! Nancy and I will be there by mid afternoon, and as always are looking forward to it. I got a message from Waco Wayne that he and the wife have to decline this year. Too bad. He brought some great home brew last year! Chris


@ June 20, 2009 3:05 PM in Wetheat Chefs (OT)

Sorry to interrupt your post, but could you please contact me at I've tried your email a few times, and it keeps getting bounced back. Now....on with the mouth watering!!! Chris


@ May 20, 2009 5:08 PM in More exotic beasts in the Vitodens range

Try putting a product through UL here in the States. Then go see CGA, then go see about 30 other approval agencies that will want to see and asses your new equipment. Add on the cost of shipping by at least 2 different methods...if not more. These things don't happen for free ! A 4-7 thousand mile trip from the Fatherland costs a bundle...a trip from Germany to England ain't that far.. get it? Add in the technical expertise that has to accompany the piece, the parts to make sure you can keep it running and a place to warehouse all of it, not to mention a place for all the folks that need to be there to make sure it comes, goes to where it needs to be and answer the phones when you call for parts or help also. This IS business. They can't give it away! TRAINING for proper use of the product is also built into the price...and without a doubt an exorbitant expense too! Chris


@ May 19, 2009 5:26 PM in looking for a Taco 3 speed

You might have to check the "specialties" section. Most stainless pumps are used in the food and liquid foods industries.Maybe also listed in Pharmaceuticals ? I know I saw a few while in the Fatherland, but they were a bit big, and connected to stainless piping as well. Have you checked other manufacturers? The stainless ones I saw had a few different names. Chris

Do you.....

@ May 17, 2009 12:30 PM in Munchkin no flame once/day every day

Have a combustion analyzer ? Every problem you describe and symptom you speak of REEKS of "improper burner set-up". Get someone with the proper tools and training in there...and be done with it. Nuisance lockouts are more times than not, directly related to proper burner settings....and if you ain't testing...your guessing! Do you truly believe that your circumstances and setting is EXACTLY like the ones that are tested at the factory? This is the only way I can think to describe the "PROBLEM?" Every situation is different...and has to be accounted for. Blaming the equipment is a bogus excuse. Blaming the installer for not checking the variables is more likely than not, the culprit. Get someone who knows how and why they are reading an analyzer in there.When you've found the one that does...keep him coming back annually and your problems are solved. JCA


@ May 7, 2009 5:24 PM in What's normal water use?

VXT has a section of the install manual with some basic guide lines for water usage/input. I leave them on the job and don't have one handy....but have accessed it online in the past. Good luck. Chris


@ April 29, 2009 5:13 PM in steam systems

How big are we talking here? That, and what is it heating ? C.


@ April 24, 2009 6:08 PM in REMS die head

F.W.Webb. They picked up the line 1 1/2 years back. JCA

Read the books !

@ April 23, 2009 6:27 PM in questions

We ain't here to take your tests for you! Chris

21 Again????

@ April 23, 2009 3:02 PM in Ruthe Jubinville - Alan R. Mercurio

Happy Birthday to Ruthe....Happy birthday to Ruthe..Happy Birthday to you! ( My mom's been 29 since I can remember) See ya in a couple months. Tell Mom I said HI! (She must be 29 by now too!) Chris


@ April 21, 2009 9:10 AM in agua booster tank

Like Taco says..."Do it it right". It depends on circumstances, but in MOST cases, I would say to just go indirect. Dollars to doughnuts, they'll be better off. MHO. Chris


@ April 20, 2009 10:00 PM in Valiant C.I. boiler?

got a lot of the gas fired units still out there with few problems. The indirects need an anode rod by now...but the boilers still run like the day they were installed. I guess it depends. Chris


@ April 20, 2009 9:46 PM in agua booster tank

With the price of 2 pumps,controls and a flat plate could have paid for a REAL indirect...with FAR better heat loss characteristics when finished. JCA

Oh My!

@ April 19, 2009 9:13 AM in Quick Question re: TRVs

So much to learn! Ask away. I do know why...but I ain't selling the shop for it. Do you think I'm that stupid? Use the Find a Pro at the top of the site. If you're will be less expensive in the long run. (time IS money) Chris

It depends !

@ April 19, 2009 5:49 AM in Quick Question re: TRVs

Before you go chasing rainbows.... what is the piping lay out? It could be the deciding factor. JMHO? Chris


@ April 16, 2009 8:38 PM in Zone Valve Fighting!

A pressure differential bypass IS your friend in the absense of am ECM circ. Learn it...Live it, Love it! Chris
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