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Robert O'Connor

Robert O'Connor

Joined on April 23, 2004

Last Post on July 13, 2005

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@ July 13, 2005 11:12 PM in Way cool...

Thanks for the "Heads Up" on the google thingy, for I can be quite computor-challenged as well as spell challenged too most times. See for your self. Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ July 13, 2005 11:06 PM in Way cool...

This is something I really could use. Thanks for the heads up. As you can see, I'm very un-computor friendly.

I'll bite.

@ July 13, 2005 1:31 PM in Knock me over with a feather! (PAH)

Based on the info you provided, "should" be in the neighborhood of $5136+ tax. The suspense is killin me! I too could fly out with Ken but the combined bar tab would far exceed the estimates.. Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ July 11, 2005 9:35 PM in Tips for the new business owner

It can be very rewarding if you are happy doing this type of work, although with loooooooong hours and sometimes little or no pay to show. Working away from family has got to be the biggest problem for me. I sometimes feel like doing my 8 hours and going home, but in reality it seems more like 18. Don't get discouraged too quickly and have enough $$ on hand to weather the slow times. Be real careful in how you write a contract, it WILL bite you in the A$$ if not careful. ALL BUILDERS ARE OUT TO SCREW YOU!! If you can do your own gig without them, you'll be better off. Other than that, lots of luck! PS: see thread below. Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ July 7, 2005 11:32 PM in Should I try to remove 80 year-old steam pipe?

Try a hammer (provided that the fitting your trying to get off is cast iron). Put a hammer behind the fitting and then smack the front side with yet another. If you hit it just right (and hard enough) you will develope a crack in it. Keep hitting it till it breaks off. Just be careful for if you monkey up the threads or egg it, you'll get a leak or you may not get a new fitting on at all, or you could possibly break it off under the floor which then I'd suggest you call in the big guns. This "may" not be a DIY project but based on your post (working with an 18" wrench) you may need a bigger wrench or a cheater bar but whatever you do, HOLD BACK with another wrench agaist the wall. If your questioning your skills you could look up to the top of the page and click on "Find a Pro", type in your zip code, I'm sure you'll do fine whatever you choose. Good Luck! Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ July 7, 2005 11:17 PM in What is this?

Yes, thats a check valve. As far as the Hartford Loop goes, check out this. Robert O'Connor/NJ

Ken & the AHE...

@ July 5, 2005 9:55 PM in Weil McLain AHE help?

Ken, we had 2 go bad on us about a year ago (same problem) as it turned out both transformers came through with reverse polarity. I found it it hard to understand how it worked for 6 years (sounds like a similar batch, age wise that is). Did you get it from Nutley by chance? I'm just thinking along the line of a facory problem, and all of them getting shipped together. Had the power gone out recently? Both of these units experienced power outages at different times as well. Good luck! Robert O'Connor/NJ

Why not....

@ July 5, 2005 9:38 PM in Radiant and Hardwood Floors

Have them come by my home built in 1926 with its original wood floor. Sometimes people will not belive the wise man, but instead belive the salesman. Love them warm floors! Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ June 29, 2005 5:30 PM in A few jobs - DF

You keep sending us all to school Mr.Foley! Great job! Robert O'Connor/NJ

I see it.

@ June 24, 2005 1:22 PM in Hey Dan,

I never checked it, however I noticed the problem started when I became Shawn. I've just deleted the cookies again, so far, so good, thanks. Robert O'Connor/NJ .


@ June 24, 2005 11:32 AM in Hey Dan,

I've cleaned out all cookies and the box (lower left) does not have a check mark in it nor have I ever checked it. I'll delete all the cookies again and see what happens, thanks. Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ June 24, 2005 11:19 AM in Hey Dan,

Why does every topic I post on automatically send me e-mails? Is there something in the options I'm missing? Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ June 24, 2005 11:03 AM in keyspan

If the plumber had the name first, its a no brainer. However that being said, fighting the utility unfortunatly will probably not have a favorable outcome. The PHCC is not gonna go to bat (with any substantial support that is) and I'm sure as we all know the plumbing industry is about as cut throat as you could get and I for one would not count on significant support there either. I'm usually not one to give up easily but in light of utilities being protected by federal law (in certain situations, I belive this being one of them) I'd be wary of spending alot of money (on an attorney that is) roll the dice show up pro se and see where it leads. In New Jersey the utilities hammered the local plumbers pushing a significant number out of business by doing not only heating and air installs but now installing water heaters and providing service I'm just afraid of what's next. i'm also afraid for this industry and the effects these quasi public/private companies are doing. You have my support in this matter and any resources I could provide I will it is just a sad day for ALL the david's out there. Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ June 8, 2005 7:06 PM in Excessive gas pressure?

Improper gas pressure can and will lead to lots of, not so nice things if left that way. Most equipment we encounter (with improper gas pressure) soot up. Sooting could clog your flue ways quite rapidly and lead to serious problems such as high CO, blocked chimney and or flue ways preventing the products of combustion from getting through. Don't rely on TFE's to keep you safe. Test the pressure before you continue. Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ June 8, 2005 6:54 PM in Is KEK Boiler Conditioner OK for Rubber Seals?

I'm not real familiar with KEK. Does it have an oil base? Petrol products eat other petrol products. Never use petroleum based products in a WM with the O-rings in it. Oil eats oil. Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ June 3, 2005 9:44 PM in Fan in a can?

This is a use group that falls within our licensure. Thanks for the heads up though... Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ June 3, 2005 9:40 PM in Fan in a can?

Thanks for the reply. I noticed the vac system is not vented but do see the tapping. This will either be incorporated into the proposal or charged out as an extra. Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ June 3, 2005 9:36 PM in Fan in a can?

Oil boilers we install, service and clean. We install many gas boilers but trying to clean one is another story. IMHO gas boilers were not intended to be cleaned like an oil boiler would be (much more difficult than oil & based on manufacturer). It is far more labor intensive to clean a gas unit of this size and age than it would be to install a new unit(s). I'm not saying I've never cleaned one, I'm saying if YOU were on the receiving end of our bill you would much rather spend your money on our installation. Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ June 1, 2005 11:02 PM in Fan in a can?

Thanks for the reply Al. Nothing is being stored in this room, but it does/did (current door) directly communicate with the storage area. This was the owners thinking (or possibly his insurance carrier) by installing the (fire) door it would satisfy said requirement?? Ya got me, they call, we try and give solutions. The Ultra was suggested, but dismissed. Robert O'Connor/NJ

Mad Dog.

@ June 1, 2005 10:54 PM in Fan in a can?

First let me say congrats on the new baby. I'm suprised you get enough sleep to even read the board. Great News! The customer was offered an Ultra (WM) but didn't like the price and suggested something less efficient but more fail safe (in terms of what if THIS boiler breaks) so we suggested two of em, hey, he liked the idea. The boiler room, is a block room, medium-tight as far as infiltration/construction goes. The solvents and other contaminates aren't really a problem,,YET, but the potential was there. Before I put anything about the fan-in-a-can in writing, I'm gonna check out the Field's Controls, thanx. Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ June 1, 2005 10:34 PM in Fan in a can?

The old boiler was chugging along great until the owner installed a steel fire door apox. two years earlier. This boiler sooted up fast, the flue ways were IMO 85% blocked (we will not clean a GAS boiler over 20 yrs. old due to soot) it was of sufficient age and disrepair to warrant replacement. The customer was offered a high efficiency Ultra but did not bite, but did like the duel boiler medium efficiency idea though (suggest,,,then give em what they want). Robert O'Connor/NJ


@ June 1, 2005 6:17 PM in Fan in a can?

Any opinions about Tjernlund products? We currently are giving a quote on two WM PFG-6 PIN boilers and the reason for replacement was soot due to lack of combustion air in the space. The warehouse basement is filled with automotive parts ie: solvents (new in the box(s)) car batteries, cleaners ect.., so I'm suspect of using any indoor air for combustion cause of the potential of contamination (the boiler room is a cinder block construction separate from the storage area). I'm looking tward Tjerlund and came up with a PAI-5 + MAC-1E + UC-1. The equipment, 2 PFG-6 @ 305 ec.,= 610,000 + a 40,000 HWH total = 650,000 btu. The only other ??? factor(s) were there is a central vacuum system installed and the unit (you guessed it) is in the boiler room. Any thoughts? Installation recommendations? Comments? Robert O'Connor/NJ
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