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@ November 15, 2013 9:02 AM in Steam help please.. need some sleep!

Hi Beth Ann,
I'm sure you're very busy now with all the help you're getting. When you've settled down you should insulate those pipes with fiberglass wrap.  It will not only save on energy but also may resolve some of the wet steam issues.
Another home owner


@ August 16, 2013 11:40 PM in GOLD'S RADIATOR 1856 ON EBAY

Check out this old Gold's Radiator. Hope someone is interested.

Thanks for the information

@ April 12, 2013 9:44 AM in UNUSUAL STEAM VALVES?

I thought these valves were rather unusual. Not something you see in a standard home owners boiler. And it's a good day because I learned something new.

Thanks again, Brian


@ April 11, 2013 9:49 PM in UNUSUAL STEAM VALVES?




@ February 19, 2013 10:09 PM in What is impact ?

Recently I had a similar issue with my Broomell system. Radiator was not heating so removed valve and had steam, removed return ell and had steam. Figured problem was somewhere in the return. Got out the shop vac and left it on for about 10 minutes then reversed the vac to blow into the return for 10 minutes. Then alternated between Vav and blow about 3 times. Problem solved. Radiator now heats perfectly. I don't know what was blocking the return but everything is working now.  Good Luck, Brian

High Pressure

@ January 29, 2013 10:10 PM in High steam pressure at boiler

If that boiler was never cleaned properly on installation, I recommend you do a good skimming. Get that oil out.


@ December 18, 2012 11:39 PM in NICE RADIATOR IN WISCONSIN



@ October 12, 2012 11:59 PM in DOES ANYONE NEED ONE OF THESE?



Over sized boiler

@ March 9, 2012 1:29 PM in anyone know a good On-line heat load calculator?

Where are you located and what type of boiler do you have? Is it oil fired or NG?Many of those large boilers can  be down-fired or have  hi-lo-hi functionality. Post some more information on the boiler and you may get a reply from one of the pro's.  Good Luck!


@ March 9, 2012 11:54 AM in anyone know a good On-line heat load calculator?

I presume you have a hot water system in which case you would do a heat loss calculation. If you have a steam system, you would have to total the EDR of all your radiators. Good Luck.

I guess you did see it

@ March 4, 2012 11:39 AM in Has anyone ever seen one of these?

Congratulations Steamhead.

Has anyone ever seen one of these?

@ March 4, 2012 11:01 AM in Has anyone ever seen one of these?

Saw this on ebay. Looked like a nice tester. Sorry I didn't post it while it was still active.


Look in the library

@ January 3, 2012 3:59 PM in Two pipe system some cold Radiators

If you go to the Resources Section at the top of the page and click on Library you can find a lot of original information on your Mouat system. Good Luck

Look in the Library on this site

@ December 8, 2011 11:18 PM in Steam heat with Dunham vacuum pump

Do a search of "Dunham Vacum" on this site and it will list "Old Steam Systems". The Dunham Vapor Vacum system is explained in detail as to what it needs to work. This will not only help you understand your system more thoroughly but also you may be able to determine what's wrong with it now. Probably the boiler does need replacing but maybe the parts only need some maintenance.

Take a look and good luck

The slits

@ November 12, 2011 6:44 PM in Best Boiler

Those slits are similar to the size of the holes in the Broomell quintuple valve. The number of slits or size of the holes in the Broomell orifice were designed to the EDR of the radiator. I have to assume that the sleeve with one slit was from a small radiator and the 4 slits from a very large radiator.
If your boiler doesn't have a high-lo-high gas valve you may want to look into installing a two stage valve for lower pressures. I had one installed on my system and it now runs at 1.5 ounces of pressure and saved me about 30% off my gas bill. Also, the heating is extremely comfortable and quiet.

two stage gas valve

@ August 7, 2011 2:32 PM in Any market for a three year old boiler? If so, where?

Don't know for sure if this will solve your problem but, you may want to try a two stage gas valve. This would allow you to work at lower pressures and lessen short cycling. It's cheaper than a new boiler.


@ July 25, 2011 11:01 AM in MM 67 LWCO

I removed the probe from my Peerless 63-06 and installed an MM67. Why? Because the probe shut down the boiler every 10 minutes to check for low water and this would interrupt the steam cycle. A full minute later the boiler would come back on only to be interrupted again in 10 minutes.
I have an old Broomell system and checking the boiler and flushing out the rust from a 100 year old system is easy and I believe not beyond the intelligence of the average home owner.  Then again if the home owner doesn't know how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich then they should probably go with the probe and not damage the boiler. Just my 2 cents.

The Bundy

@ May 15, 2011 10:33 PM in YOU GOTTA BE IN IT TO WIN IT

Hi Frank,
I was looking forward to doing just that. I wanted to match it up with a Corner Bundy I bought last fall. But my other project today was continuing a clean-out of the garage and by the time I remembered the auction it was too late. Sure is a beauty. Are you looking for Bundy's.


@ May 15, 2011 9:54 PM in leaking steam radiator

Those are Richmond Radiators. You can find out about them in the Library. Looking at the length of the rods in your picture it looks like someone cured a previous leak by removing a section of the radiator. At some point in time I had the same problem. But back then the knucklehead decided to remove two cells from the radiator rather than replace the push nipples. That shrank the rad from 26 cells to 24 with a 8 inch pipe connecting to the valve. Funny thing is it still leaks and I haven't gotten around to ordering the push nipples and can't find another Richmond radiator to extend radiator to its original length. Oneida will need the measurements of the ends and middle of the push nipple to size it correctly. Good luck!


@ May 15, 2011 9:49 PM in YOU GOTTA BE IN IT TO WIN IT

Beautiful Bundy


@ May 5, 2011 11:04 AM in Richardson restoration

Really nice work. It's good to see that there are still some contractors who care about the old systems and are willing to go the extra step to fix what's in place. Most simply remove and replace with something new.
I have an old Richardson valve on one of the radiators in my Broomell System. If you need it I'll swap for a Broomell Vapor valve.
Has your customer done any comparisons to the old heating bills. They should be saving quite a bit of money.


@ February 28, 2011 9:41 AM in richmond radiators

Go to Resources at the top of the page, then radiators. There's a section on Richmond Radiators which contains all of the EDR information. I forgot  I had sent the pamphlet to Dan for posting.
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