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Last Post on November 4, 2010

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@ November 4, 2010 11:50 AM in combustion analyzer

I just purchased Bacharach's PCA3 Pretty dandy little unit, but other than the Testo, it's the only other one I've used.

Pretty minimal

@ October 8, 2010 10:48 PM in Navien in trouble with the DOE

I've had bigger fines on a Saturday night!!

Disadvantages to oversizing in-floor tubing?

@ September 19, 2010 4:35 PM in Disadvantages to oversizing in-floor tubing?

My concrete guy is insisting the use of 3/4" pex tubing because "every effin commercial building is done with it." Sounds more like he either stole it or had lots left over from another job, I don't really care, just want to make sure the system will work with it.

Thanks in advance


@ August 13, 2009 8:19 PM in Vitocell Question

I took no part in the design and very little of the install. I will post up pictures tomorrow when I go out there. The job, to my knowledge, was designed by the boiler rep in Edmonton(drawing a blank on the name right now,) although I could be wrong. There is a low-loss header installed, running to a HPS panel. We have an HBX Control running the four boilers.

For now, I have it working by programming the HBX to run it's pump outputs fulltime, and adding the stat in-line, they need hot water for the occupancy permit. After reading this, I'll try getting the proper sensor tomorrow.

Big thanks to you all.


@ August 13, 2009 9:01 AM in Vitocell Question

Using four of their boilers, actually. Vitodens 100. We're using them for the in-floor heating of a helicopter hangar, the Vitocell is being used primarily for the safety shower.

Vitocell Question

@ August 12, 2009 11:46 PM in Vitocell Question

I've got a 120gal Vitocell 100, what kind of aquastat are you folks using for it? Does Veissman make one for it? I have a regular, generic Honeywell aquastat on there now, and I'm not happy with the fitment or even the look really. I've asked around and had no luck.




@ August 12, 2009 11:35 PM in Welcome!

Amazing! Completely different!

@ August 24, 2008 11:44 PM in Hello and Thank you from your friend in the industry - Alan R. M

Keep your spirits up Alan!!

@ July 13, 2008 12:04 PM in And Introducing... (OT- Brad White)

Congrats, Brad!

forgot ebay password

@ May 26, 2008 8:30 PM in Electronic Analyzer on eBay - Alan R. Mercurio

Does the free shipping apply to Canada?

Do you guys have him in the States?

@ April 14, 2008 3:30 PM in Holmes on Homes Anyone catch this episode last night? I didn't get to see the whole episode from last night, but it was quite a mess. The highest temperature in the house was 14.7 C.


@ March 27, 2008 11:02 PM in What Are You Listening To?

1000111010011 Ipod on shuffle...The Hollies, Neil Young, Fiddle tunes, Jimmy Rankin. Only in the van though.


@ March 17, 2008 11:48 PM in 07 sprinter

11L/100km 21 MPG my new truck on the highway got about 17L/100km, quite disappointing.

nobody home?

@ March 6, 2008 12:28 AM in The Man from Nantucket (Dan H.)

(508) 232-5123 Type: Land Line Provider: AT&T Location: Brockton, MA Maybe Dan needs to leave a "Hello sir, I have no heat and I've got small children etc... could you please return my call as soon as possible..."


@ March 4, 2008 11:55 PM in who invented Flex

hahaha You are one funny guy Mr. White...


@ February 28, 2008 1:02 AM in pet peeves in piping

My buddy's new place was all done with pex and the toilet shut off comes out of the floor like it was about to start coiling up again, that's got to be my biggest pet peeve. Rankin

Thanks for posting!

@ February 28, 2008 12:48 AM in Advice For New Service Techs

I can relate to the "talking to much" one. Thanks, Rankin

On my car forums

@ February 28, 2008 12:40 AM in Viessmann Plant in China

we have a saying for threads like this: IB4TL

@ February 28, 2008 12:26 AM in CSST \"turbulence\"

Just to add to that last part, the Gastite sizing charts are available for free on their website for various pressure drops and for both Propane and NG.


@ February 12, 2008 7:44 PM in Checking for CO

I completely agree with you, I just don't own the company.

@ February 12, 2008 7:40 PM in Checking for CO

Wouldn't I need to remove the plenum from the furnace to do a salt test? If I had a probe would I be able to cut a small hole and put it over the HX before the fan kicks in? Thanks! Rankin


@ February 12, 2008 7:37 PM in Checking for CO

20 Years old. I got my start through a high school program that lets you do a semester of school and a semester of work that counts towards your apprenticeship in Grade 12. I've got one year of schooling done (should have three, I regret it now, and I'm doing my best to get my butt back in there!) I work for a licensed plumber/company (2 man outfit, bossman and me), but the reason for this question is our servicing of forced air consists of checking the high limit, man. pressure, bearings (if necessary), and visual on the hx. We don't do them often, and I have never offered to do one, I'm not easy telling a customer a furnace is "safe" if I'm not 100% sure it is. I would absolutely LOVE to get some NCI training, but I'm in Northern Canada, which doesn't make it easy. Although, I am looking at maybe going South and getting a few at a time. I priced out a Testo ambient today at a wholesaler and will hopefully get it once the truck payment clears...:) From there I guess I'll just save up for an analyzer. Thanks!!
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