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Timco

Joined on February 12, 2005

Last Post on March 31, 2014

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Error

@ March 31, 2014 11:25 PM in new forum for tekmar controls

"There has been a serious error with this forum"

I'll check back. I'm a Tekmar fan.

used?

@ March 22, 2014 9:49 AM in Dave

May be used or customer supplied? Bought from Amazon or some rail damaged boiler supply or craigslist ad?

I see that all the time, and pass on most.

best fix?

@ March 19, 2014 1:56 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

So bids are coming in and the bidders want to use urethane and allow that to expand. Anyone hear of this?

The piece that fell in has dropped another 2-3", and the boiler has dropped about 2" now on that corner.

I assume I will have to re-level this beast because the injected material will just support it where it is? 

Big boy

@ March 17, 2014 10:03 AM in Thought some of you might enjoy this

Wasn't there teeth for these that made offset threads for pitch?

Threaders

@ March 16, 2014 8:05 PM in Thought some of you might enjoy this

I have two very similar. My big one is up to 2". Estate sales. Love that stuff.

Sorry...

@ March 16, 2014 8:02 PM in How would you do this?

Stopped reading after "Brother In law" and "free labor".

DHW

@ March 16, 2014 5:21 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

Separate boilers. Heating boiler pictured. DHW is a leaking and going to rupture 8' tall tank and a 600k btu steamer and a shell & tube HX. Has DHW, no heat.

Their "boiler guy" maint guy left the fill on. It was shooting out the main vent all night. Almost up to my knees. Swapped the GVs on both boilers and the igniters. When I got there I asked him if he filled it last. No. Then I got back with waders and pumps and he had soaking wet pants and went in and closed the fill. That's when they had me put the auto fill on there, but that can't keep up with the leaks and is always on "LOC" these days after filling 3 tries then lock out.

Assessment

@ March 16, 2014 5:16 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

Very close!

Traps are ALL original, 1905 era or so. If you pull one it rattles. So, not the fault of their maint guys. But, their guys do crank the pressure up to overcome steam loss out the leaking returns because no working traps. Building sounds like a silverware drawer in a dryer when it starts from cold. I installed a vaporstat a couple months back and when the DHW steamer was low on water and left them with no DHW, they turned the vaporstat up until it ruined it trying to get hot water. (Separate boiler)

Derp......

Then the nickel & dime & 90 day thing.....

Now it's tenants complaining about banging on pipes with hammers and which traps exactly do we need to change to fix this?????

Building

@ March 16, 2014 1:00 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

36 apartments. All the big ones I service are apartments, so figure 2-3 traps per apartment, all bad.

:(

Band aids

@ March 16, 2014 12:59 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

Wait till I get pics of the 6" main with a quarter-sized hole in it, with a tumor of mighty putty all over it!

Prices

@ March 15, 2014 9:00 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

Almost. They have had prices to fix the leaks for months and months. Same for traps.

Now that the boiler may drop through the floor, they want prices to save that. Only the most dire issues get fixed. Sad, really. Could be much quieter and cost less to run and all that.

dirt

@ March 15, 2014 8:12 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

No. They have dirt now, and that settles.

You and my customer both need a sump pump since no sewer that low.

gas and power

@ March 15, 2014 8:11 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

As I mentioned in first post, I saw that and killed gas, water, power. No way I would leave that in service.

Nothing will be fired back up until it's leveled, vent checked, and the 2" gas line checked. It is pulling the strut that supports the main & gas line right off the ceiling. It has dropped another inch or so.

jacking

@ March 15, 2014 8:05 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

They got one price later Friday to pump in cement or grout. No discussion of the leaks.

Whatever.....

I re-piped it for the last guy...

@ March 15, 2014 8:02 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

I'll see if I can find the original pics that I fixed. No slab to make it level, or anything. Piped in & out. No under slab returns. This water was from that flood, and 60-10 Gallons per day leaking and finding it's way under there. The sewer is along the ceiling of that room, and no sump down there. DHW tank is 120-150 best guess size, and has a pin hole in it's side already. I tried to explain if that sprays tonight or any time soon, they can be up to their arm pits!

The 4" main pictured (90˚ elbow) was 3/4 filled with water because it's so low, it was the low spot in their main. I saved that 90 with the water mark inside.

cracks

@ March 15, 2014 7:52 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

Oh, I explained there was WARM water under that slab. No returns under slab in that room. The huge leaks in the returns are about 30-40' away and about 6' above that room but obviously that is where all those hundreds of gallons of water has gone, along with every blow-down and leak. I can see for several feet in all directions under the slab.

when I finished...

@ March 15, 2014 9:19 AM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

Back when I finished it...

Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

@ March 15, 2014 9:13 AM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

I piped this in 4-5 years ago. 1.5 mil BTU.

Flood pic is how it was 3 weeks ago when the rain flooded the entire mechanical room. last time someone left a fill open and it was knee high maybe 2 years ago.

Since then it takes in 60-100 gallons daily to keep up with the leaking returns. A price has been given twice. Very sad. I asked where they thought all that water was going several times.....

Now all we do is wait for it to fall in. It has dropped an inch where my pad cracked. Pic under slab is under the boiler all the way to the foundation. Sink hole is about 12" at deepest, at least 4" all the way around under other equipment. All gas, power, water isolated.

Peerless

@ February 7, 2014 1:42 AM in Your biggest radiator??

That's exactly what it is! They are buying that one and a 6-section sister rad. I hate selling them. I have a 36" tall, 5-feet long Rococo that will be the most beautiful rad when sandblasted. Very ornate.

Folks have no idea how much work a rad that size is to just move a few feet let alone into the truck even with an engine lift and a jib crane on the truck. It's just too heavy. Any guesses?

System

@ February 5, 2014 11:07 PM in Your biggest radiator??

Hot water. The room has an all glass wall up the canyon.

Location

@ February 5, 2014 9:18 PM in Your biggest radiator??

Main floor or we would have hired a piano mover!

It's fairly heavy.......

Your biggest radiator??

@ February 5, 2014 8:18 PM in Your biggest radiator??

Installing this beast next week. Had it for about 3 years now.

5' long, 40" tall, 12" wide.
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