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bill nye

Joined on January 17, 2007

Last Post on April 16, 2014

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@ April 16, 2014 7:10 AM in Buderus GB142/30 no heat as outdoor temps rise

The GB142 comes with an outdoor reset control the AM10, when used the factory default on the base point is 86 degrees, (starting point of the curve). That may be a good base point when running a low temp application, such as in floor radiant. We suggest on a high temp Application like a baseboard job to set the base point at 110 / 120. Cast Iron baseboard or Cast Iron Radiators set the base point at 125. For Air handlers set the base point at 130 / 135 / 140. These are suggestions not the rule. Each system may be set differently according to the heat loss calculation done before hand.

I did a ten second search and found this on Buderus website. Maybe you could read the directions or have some one set up the AM10 for you.


@ April 16, 2014 7:04 AM in Lovemyjob

It is normally closed when the burner is off or in pre- or post - purge. It is open during burner run cycle only.

 I have seen the valve get "stuck " open by water in fuel , rust, and by other debris or foreign substance.

A +

@ February 28, 2014 6:09 PM in Got my Sorbox today.

Nice video, they get an A+ for that. I recently had to replace a circulator pump due to oxygen corrosion and I fear my tubing may be sludging. Igottagetmeone 


@ February 14, 2014 6:37 AM in Anyone Heard of Cleaver Brooks OG Boilers?

Did you search the internet ?  In 0.19 seconds I got 520,000 results  .just saying.  I do not know if they have an OG or not but you might find something.

Looks good

@ February 2, 2014 10:46 PM in Mystery Pipes? ...or just a dumb question?

Let me recommend a book....

The cobblers children.....

@ January 29, 2014 12:16 PM in The cobblers children.....

... had no shoes. My radiant floor has not been working right since the beginning of the heating season. I ignored it at first , but my floors just were not as warm as they should have been. The taco 007 was noisy . I didn't want to deal with it because it was the one that had the 24 volt switching relay built in.

When the temperature outside dropped below zero my rooms were barely 60°. I quickly changed the cartridge only in the pump one cold snowy morning. Then it warmed up outside for a few days. It got cold again but my wife was home and ran the wood stove so I could ignore the cold floors. I purged the zones 5 or 6 times (do something stupid and get a reward) every time things warmed and I thought I got it.

 We have not used the wood stove for days. This morning the house was barely 60°. Purged zones again at 3:30 AM, went to work.  Just now I replaced the pump. I installed it in 1998. The pump body (volute) and the flanges and nipples were plugged with rust. I have Heatway Onyx tubing , I got a deal on it, when I power purged the zones all this muddy rusty looking crud came out. I hope this stuff isn't eating my Viessmann too. Hope it is fixed. Why can't we work on our stuff at home instead of losing 2 hrs. from work to do it ?


@ January 29, 2014 11:54 AM in Burnham V7

Write down the serial number and information from your customer ( name, address) and bring it to your Burnham wholesaler. They can call Burnham (US Radiator) and will tell you if you qualify. You will probably be offered a rebate on a new block or a new V8.  Your customer may have to be the original owner of the house when the boiler was installed , not sure about that.

We usually go with the new V8. Who wants to swap a 14 year old burner and controls and tankless coil onto a new block ? More labor that a new V8.

Thanks Jamie

@ January 20, 2014 4:51 PM in Wood-oil-coal boiler ?

One of those I had found. Thanks for the other one. Thanks for the help.

Wood-oil-coal boiler ?

@ January 20, 2014 3:28 PM in Wood-oil-coal boiler ?

We have a customer who wants a wood oil coal boiler. I have been searching a little and not finding much. Not going to name names , but I was told by a manufacturers rep. that the product could not be sold in Connecticut because of new "wood smoke laws" . Not sure of exact wording but that is the idea.

Has any one ever heard of this new law? or where I could read it myself?


@ January 16, 2014 6:45 AM in Opinion on conversion from oil to natural gas

Do you have a gas pipe in your house already ? Or would have to dig up your lawn and the street to get a pipe installed ? Do you like a gas cook stove , gas dryer, gas fire place, etc. ? I do not have natural gas available in my area. I considered propane but the cost to buy all new appliances would not make the switch worth the effort.

I would consider a few upgrades on your current burner, maybe a pre-purge, post-purge primary control and a solenoid oil valve. Everyone hates the price of oil these days, but I think your money would be better spent tightening up your house than switching fuels. What you have is really not that bad.

get down

@ January 10, 2014 9:36 PM in How do i get this down

 I would probably get some 6x6 oak blocks or 4x4 's or cement boiler blocks and build them up to the height of the steel platform your boiler is on. I would take all of the circulators and controls off. Then I would slide the boiler onto the blocks. You need to have help, and I would rock the boiler side to side removing the blocks until it was on the ground. Then remove with hand truck. You could probably use a furniture dolly to slide the boiler onto also.

somebody lifted that thing up there, getting it down is always easier, gravity is on your side.

I think

@ January 9, 2014 9:13 PM in How do i get this down

I think Ron JR could pick that thing up and carry it to the truck by himself. Him and his crew could have that out and the new one running before noon !

oil leak

@ January 6, 2014 7:22 AM in becket motor leaking into air intake pipe

 If the return line is frozen or kinked or blocked in anyway you may have damaged the shaft seal on the oil pump. You would need to replace the pump. Or if your oil line repair is leaking you may just have to fix that.

water feeder

@ December 27, 2013 6:57 PM in Leak, Bang and Clunk - help!

I would shut the valve to the water feeder off and establish the correct water level and try that . Have some one check to see if the pigtail is plugged at the pressuretrol, also what is the pressure set at?

Is that a "Dresser" coupling on the gas main? Is that legal? I am not so much a gas guy so it just doesn't look right.

The pipe with the towel is probably an air vent, and no, water should not be coming from there.


@ December 23, 2013 4:23 PM in Lost Wires

I have a Gardner-Bender Instruments "Wire Tracker". It is probably 20 yrs old. The phone company guys use something similar. It is also called a tone generator.
Mine looks nothing like this one , but it was all I could find. I had to find wires run by others all of the time until I talked my boss into letting me run the low voltage. It saved a lot of time. Good luck.


@ December 23, 2013 2:03 PM in Toronto calamity

This has happened before.

I have a voltage suppressor on my Viessmann boiler, it will clamp down on voltage too high or too low. It was not very expensive , I will look up the name of it. Many new generators have inverters that are said to be more voltage friendly.

 Merry Christmas, and best wishes to our Canadian friends in the cold. 5° F., brrr.


@ December 17, 2013 10:14 PM in what is the best wood fired boiler

This one looks real nice too.

Unless you have a good source for wood a lot of time and energy. I don't think it is all that cheap. You have to buy the stove, the chainsaw, the 4 wheel drive truck, etc.. You have to devote time to hauling, splitting, and stacking the wood. I would rather hustle some overtime a couple of weekends and use the money to buy oil and spend the weekends at car events, but that's just me.

 I have a wood stove. I use it when it is real cold or when the power goes out. Simple. Wood boilers are a little more fussy .

Got wood?

@ December 17, 2013 10:02 PM in what is the best wood fired boiler

I really like this one, saw it at the NEFI show at Foxboro.


@ November 30, 2013 8:07 AM in One Pipe Boiler System to A Two Pipe

Series loop ? It would probably be a waste of time and money to convert something to two pipe system for no other reason than just doing it. Copper is pretty expensive these days.


@ November 29, 2013 9:52 PM in Maximizing efficiency of a mod con question

The best place for a hydronic laboratory is in one's own home. If it heating your space to the set point and you are reasonably comfortable I guess it is OK regardless of return temperature. Maybe when the other zones are running and you have more load the delta T will increase.

But on the other hand, in our quest to condense........ the cooler the return water the more BTU value we have to add to reheat it. You wouldn't leave your windows or doors open just to cool the return water a few degrees so you could condense. And you wouldn't run a loop of pipe outdoors or through a snow bank just to get your little boiler to condense. Just be happy that you are modulating and burning way less fuel than a person with a fixed firing rate that is going to run up to high limit every time a thermostat calls for heat.

I have

@ November 24, 2013 11:03 PM in Temporary heating ideas

I have something like this...........

Mine is standing pilot with no blower, I can use it with no electricity. It will keep the house from freezing. We used it to heat my cousins house while he was under construction.

I think

@ November 10, 2013 5:11 AM in Gas companies in CT make big push into oil territory

I think the driver really should be on the "curb side " of the truck though.
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