Joined on February 12, 2005
Last Post on November 26, 2013
@ November 26, 2013 7:16 AM in 0-1 PPM CO?Cleaned a TL Mighty Max, 199k, one zone. Lots of signs of condensing but cleaned up great.
My Fyrite 125 Pro (a few months past calibration missed calib day) was less than 20.9 O at startup so I knew a sensor was going but it did steady out on restarts. JUST put a new O sensor in last year. Measured 50-90ppm AF. Can't be right. Restart tester. Measures 10-12ppm. Better but now I don't trust it so yesterday I buy an Insight tester (Bacharach) and go back. 0ppm and probing around I find 1ppm, got 2ppm for a second before it went to 1ppm.
I don't think I've ever seen a cat 1 appliance that old be so low. Are the newer testers that much better and accurite? Has the older one always been reading higher? It's about 9-10 years older.
@ November 2, 2013 8:03 AM in Need to find article.Old article, may have been in PHC news.
Think Dan wrote it. It's on why entire buildings need the traps changed, not one or 5 at a time.
Also, what's a better way to explain banging in the system (2-pipe) deep into heat calls. Pressure is too high, but how does that relate to bad traps and steam in the ret?
2/3 of windows in the building are wide open on cold days. Hmmmmmmmm......
@ November 2, 2013 7:58 AM in Need help with water service noise / banging....Me no wants less pressure! Just wanted it to be an all new & code install but I've gotta dump that PRV and check and xtank.
What if city looses their reg? And I'm not up to code or have no reg? Install the next larger and set to 80lbs? No check or xtank?
@ November 1, 2013 7:42 AM in Need help with water service noise / banging....Finally spent time down there tiling the shower.
Water service sounds like a drum solo during the day! Here's the kicker. I tried something totally radical and turned off the ball valve servicing my house. Silence. Total silence.
Then turn BV on and badda da badda da badda de thump.
Idea of pull tank and check seems best?
@ October 28, 2013 7:43 AM in Lochinvar WHN keeps tripping ReliefAny piping that would trap air?
Does your Spiro have some flux keeping it closed?
Did you purge? I always purge each loop / zone.
Air trapped in boiler? After fill, try letting air out through relief or gauge?
You must purge.
@ October 28, 2013 1:37 AM in Need help with water service noise / banging....We are gravity here. I am one block below a reducing valve. A block east the pressure is 120 coming into my 4-plex. There is a hospital across the street from me. City has been out and confirmed I don't have a check at the meter.
Also, now faucets shut off fast or the dish washer will make my pipes bang now.
@ October 27, 2013 8:20 PM in Need help with water service noise / banging....It's not my check valve because that's what keeps my gauges solid and stopped the banging from echoing through my house. Now it's in the main only. It only happens when the water ism not running. I installed a PRV to make it all new and code. It's cranked in as far as it will go. City pressure drops below my setting of 68lbs and my check holds it there, but it now thumps back up to pressure against my charged, closed system.
Tank is the big tank, but it's about 30' away from the entry where the tankless / boiler combo hangs. Pics in a minute. It's charged to 68-70lbs.
No leaks in my plumbing. This is city pressure banging against my system as it recharges. Pressure fluctuated at the hydrant, then dropped and rose, but he said that was normal.
@ October 27, 2013 8:13 PM in Need help with water service noise / banging....It's constant. Only happens when I am not running water. It can clearly be heard if you're down by the water entry.
@ October 27, 2013 8:11 PM in Need help with water service noise / banging....Here it's the City up to the meter, then me.
It's an iron pipe, 3/4". 1910.
Filter has gotten pretty orange in the past couple days. Seems to be getting worse.
@ October 26, 2013 10:44 PM in outdoor reset and thermostat setbackDigital tester and pipe clamp. Or thermal imager. Or feel them for basic results.
@ October 26, 2013 9:02 PM in Ex tanks problemDo the tanks have those B&G Airtrol fittings with the tube that extends into the tanks?
@ October 26, 2013 8:34 PM in outdoor reset and thermostat setbackHow hot is water leaving heading to that zone, and how hot is it where it comes back into the room? Difference is Delta T. If you have hot water going out and cool water coming back you're only utilizing a portion of the total tube in your floor. You need hot water across the loop.
@ October 26, 2013 8:23 PM in outdoor reset and thermostat setbackWhat is the Delta T of the zone that never gets hot enough? If too great you may just need more pump on that zone. Adjusting the curve affects the whole boat.
@ October 26, 2013 8:16 PM in nest thermostatIt's not always compatible. Will not just hook to a Triangle. Had to install a relay and transformer to get constant voltage.
@ October 26, 2013 8:36 AM in Need feedbackHow often your system calls for heat is directly based on the heat loss of your home, or how well insulated your home is. If not well insulated or old with single pane glass, it will loose heat faster and run far more often.
Don't set stat back more than 10*.
@ October 26, 2013 2:31 AM in Need help with water service noise / banging....So my old setup was just pipe, an old valve, and iron pipe into the water heater, 40 gal. No checks, xtank or anything. Never a problem.
New system is all copper, tankless, x tank, PRV, and filter on service with gauges before & after PRV. At night, I noticed constant banging throughout the house. Few days later, I realize it's all day, and it's the water service. Gauges show pressure coming in at 78, house set to 65. Incoming pressure varies a few lbs, then dropped to 65 or less, and when it recharged it banged my pipes hard. This happened over and over. So I call the City. We watch the meter as it "breaths" in & out against my x tank. No check on the meter or yolk.
So I install a swing check first thing in line inside my house. Now, I can hear the banging of the service drop and recharge, but my gauges stay firm. Much, much quieter (faint) but rhythmic and constant. Thump, thump, thumpthumpthump, thump.
My concern is how this affects my 100+ year old service line. Now I see more & more rust in the house filter.
Can I demand a check at the meter??
@ September 28, 2013 6:01 PM in Dirty Steam Water in Hot water tankHigh pressure leaks into low pressure side. If you flushed or refilled a hot steamer you can cause a leak in the boier, but not cross contamination. First sign of coil leak is press relief valve on boiler trips. Tank rotting? Sat for a while?
@ September 21, 2013 1:18 PM in Help: Leaking Drain Pipe On Side Of FurnaceBest approach is to clean the pan, drain, and COIL. Lowes sells coil cleaner, I forget if it's indoor coil approved. If its never been opened or cleaned, do yourself an hour or two favor and check / clean your A coil. Access door comes off front of insulated box then an access door to see into the coil. You'd be surprised at what I've found in there. Sometimes solid sheets of dog hair or big yellow stains from smokers.