Joined on October 6, 2007
Last Post on May 19, 2013
@ February 5, 2013 7:35 PM in Willaimson GSA125 vs GSA150 steam boilerA williamson steam boiler is a weil mc lain boiler painted green A 125 weil and 150 weil have the same size block. the 150 has 1 extra burner. I wouldnt plug a burner i would get a manifold for a 125 and problem solved.
@ January 31, 2013 7:50 PM in Sizing a boiler with a tankless heater optionWhen sizing steam boiler with tankless coil for heating, Size the boiler for steam only. For the heating from the tanklesscoil, you can only use up to the pickup factor of the boiler. The pickup factor is usually 1 third of the steam load of the boiler. A pickup factor is an extra allowance for steam heat loss in piping between boiler and radiators. If you use more than the pickup factor the steam side will suffer. If you size the boiler bigger for the coil the steam side will be oversized.
@ January 30, 2013 7:47 PM in Sizing a boiler with a tankless heater optionSize boiler for steam only. You can only use pickup factor for tankless. Hot water zone can not exceed that.
@ January 20, 2013 9:48 PM in Pigtail modificationExtend wires and remove relief valve install tee for pig tail. much better location, less likley to clog
@ January 3, 2013 10:46 PM in Steam Boiler Decision & ApproachI would go with # 2. Steam boiler with tankless coil. I did it in my house. Boiler costs more and more material but much better choice. Pipe like hot water system,pump away from spiro vent and expantion tank and you will have quiet baseboard and be happy.
@ December 19, 2012 7:01 PM in How best to completely shut off steam radiator?Are the steam pipes in the basement insulated? If not, they heat up the basement witch radiates to 1st floor, and 2nd floor will be cooler.
@ December 8, 2012 9:18 PM in labor hrsDid you say 30 hrs. I would kill to have 30 hrs.
@ November 25, 2012 8:08 PM in My second floor is not heating up after installation :(Is that pipe cut off at the block wall the old oil fill? If so i would remove it, ive herd horror stories of oil companies pumping oil right into basements.
@ May 16, 2012 8:45 PM in Is there a steam boiler under 75,000 btuA customer of mine wants me to convert their carrage house boiler to gas. The problem is the house only has 3 rads, about 93 sq ft of steam. A 75,000 btu boiler is way too big, and that is the smallest boiler i can find. The current boiler is about 30 years old and piped in complety wrong,no header no equilizer, just straight out of the block up to the main. so the boiler needs to be replaced. My only other thought is to rip out the steam and install hot water.
@ November 10, 2011 8:31 PM in just a thoughtJust a thought, Would an annode rod keep a boiler block from rotting out? Say if i took out the plug on the return side im not using , install a bushing, then an annode rod, what would happen.
@ February 16, 2011 8:26 PM in Hotwater coil on gasWeil mc lain does. I have an eg 45 with a hot water coil. I dont use it for domestic water, but a hot water loop of baseboard it works great.
@ January 26, 2011 8:35 PM in What is this?My guess would be 1981, due to the date code on the pressure control. It says 80 50 . The pressure control was made in the 50 th week of 1980.
@ January 11, 2011 10:47 PM in vaporstatIm looking to buy a honeywell L408J - 1009 vaporstat and the spec sheet says it is rated for 120 volts, will it work at 24 volts.
@ January 7, 2011 9:12 PM in Leaky Joints On New Steam Piping InstallThe green stuff in the water is steam clean. Its color coded when it turns green you added enough. However its main ingredent is sodium carbonate, The same stuff that is in washing soda.In dans book it says sodium carbonate turns into carbonic acid in a steam system so drain and flush it out.
@ December 7, 2010 8:45 PM in Can I increase water pressure to 2nd floorDid you check pressure if so how much. Do you have galvanized water piping.
@ November 29, 2010 9:05 PM in New Steam Boiler IssuesThere is no drain on return piping. No backflow protection on water feed and looks like they reduced smoke pipe at vent damper.
@ November 16, 2010 8:39 PM in Is pex safePex is rated 100 lbs at 180 degrees for domestic hot water
@ November 13, 2010 10:52 PM in No Baseboard heat upstairs?If you can hear the water in the pipes it is probably air in the lines. You have to bleed the air out.
@ November 3, 2010 9:50 PM in Weil Mclain vs BurnhamI like weil mclain and peerless for their 3 inch tappings vs burnham 2 inch. If the push nipples bother you go with the peerless. Peerless is also the heavyest of the 3. I my opinion thicker block.
@ October 25, 2010 7:53 PM in water pressure issueIf when he turns on a faucet and there is high pressure then it dies off in a couple of seconds he needs a thermal expantion tank.
@ February 26, 2010 8:13 PM in How long should a boiler last?You can siphon them into the boiler. Add whatever you want to go into boiler into a clean bucket. Then put a small piece of hose on a boiler drain, I use an old washing machine hose with one end cut off. Then start draining water from boiler through hose into bucket, when you have a few inches of water in bucket keep hose below surface of water and lift bucket above water level in boiler. The contents of bucket will be siphoned into boiler.