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nicholas bonham-carter

nicholas bonham-carter

Joined on November 24, 2007

Last Post on September 14, 2014

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the last little bit of heat

@ September 17, 2008 9:30 AM in Does anyone make a mod con natural gas steam boiler?

maybe the flue gases before leaving the basement could make some hot water or heat a hot water loop and use up the last bit of heat? you would have to have perfectly clean combustion so as not to plug the little passages of the heat exchanger. nbc

aged beef?

@ September 17, 2008 9:22 AM in Newer Refrigerators

beef maybe not ruined just aged?nbc

pressure too high ?

@ September 17, 2008 9:08 AM in How to get steam into a steam system that is piched down?

i think that many air vents will stop working if the pressure goes over 3 psi.can you blow through the vents[radiator vents as well] when they are off? are the valves on the rads FULLY open?get yourself a new gauge at which reads in ounces,and a vaporstat as well. i am sure that the money spent on these 2 items will be quickly returned in economy and comfort of system [60 rads] runs between 6-12 ounces of pressure! so as steven colbert says "and you can too!" good luck nbc

reserve piping

@ September 15, 2008 11:39 AM in Steam Boiler Water Capacity page 16 discusses "reservoir piping" however i would wait to see whether you really need this arrangement nbc

reserve piping

@ September 15, 2008 11:27 AM in Steam Boiler Water Capacity

wasting fuel

@ September 13, 2008 11:09 AM in 7 story office bldg uneven heat

how many other buildings out there are wasting fuel because of failure to stick to the original intentions of "the dead men".not surprising that 40% of our fuel goes up the chimney! how much trouble to go to with a timer to switch zones off and on.much easier maybe simply to make them work properly to begin with instead of installing a band-aid. this setup may be a candidate for a hi-lo dual boiler set up but only after a good tune-up.

repacking steam valves

@ September 9, 2008 6:21 PM in need suggestions for removing supply valve one pipe steam

are you sure your pressure is not too high? repacking stems has always worked for me and since the valves should never be turned off and on, the packing should stay tight.the supply pipes when ever i have cut into them have been absolutely you know you need the rooter? i love my 1-pipe steam too!--nbc

new method of selling services?

@ September 9, 2008 9:43 AM in new method of selling services?

when you meet first time with a new client have you ever compared your professional skills with animal behavior to engage customer confidence? if so what animal would you be-- maybe a pit-bull with a pipe wrench, or a tiger with teflon, maybe a raptor with rectorseal ? maybe a new slogan to fill out the effect like "pump bay-be pump!"? nbc

backflow insp. fee--ugh!!

@ September 4, 2008 9:33 AM in backflow preventer info needed

if the system [1895 gravity system]is not plumbed in ,and is only filled once in a blue moon with a hose ;surely it needs no backflow and no annual inspection. i think these things should only be installed where there is an automatic fill valve ,and not on a system which never loses water like this one. i do agree that legionella is a danger which should be protected against ,but no permanent water connection is the ultimate air gap! its a nuisance and an unneccessary yearly expense to install these things where they are not needed--nbc

backflow preventer info needed

@ September 3, 2008 10:04 AM in backflow preventer info needed

i certainly understand the danger of cross-contamination between boiler and potable water supplies [legionella et al]. however ,if the boiler is not permanently connected to the water supply except during yearly maintainance: then maybe there is no need for a conventional backflow [and it's annual inspection fee!]. maybe just a hose connection with a check/anti-syphon valve in line will do. thanks for your input--nbc

backflow preventer info needed

@ September 2, 2008 11:02 PM in backflow preventer info needed

I have 2 hot water systems in separate bldgs. and have been given notice from the local [omaha ne.] gas & water co. to comply with the need for separation between the boiler and the potable water system. I know that some of you do not even connect the boiler to the potable side and fill it with a hose at first installation and at subsequent annual inspections. any suggestions for me to follow?thanks in advance.--nbc

low pressure gauge

@ September 2, 2008 10:49 PM in GAUGE

the pigtail will protect any of the 0-3 psi or 0 to 36 oz. gauges from the you will be very happy you got one--i have 2--[no. 2 teed on the air vent tapping on a rad upstairs]. don't forget to put it on the same manifold as the vaporstat.--nbc

i'd like to see them make

@ August 3, 2008 9:26 AM in \"i'd like to see them make...\"

a device which automatically hurls litter back at the litterbug cars and pedestrians dropping paper cups,drink cans,mini [and not so mini] gin bottles ,etc. around our property.--nbc

i'd like to see them make

@ July 31, 2008 1:46 PM in \"i'd like to see them make...\"

i would like a layer on google maps showing the Infra-Red layer so you could see how much heat was going out your roof [and your neighbors for that matter]. if you have tried "street view " on google maps that would also benefit everyone with an IR layer. then "keeping up with the jones" could be a matter of whose IR signiature was most dark [or green]! maybe this would have to be an added cost item for google or maybe adverts from various "Greening" companies would support it.-nbc here is "street view" for my corner, for instance. when it loads just select "street view".

low pressure gauge

@ July 31, 2008 12:26 PM in Low pressure gauge

i have 2 such--one for the boiler and one mounted in the air vent tapping of the most visible rad from the kitchen so i can see when my system is running. i used to be able to hear [and feel] the water hammer in the pre-new boiler days but it's now so quiet i don't know when it's on: quietness that comes from following advice given by experts on the WALL!!-nbc

return of the bots

@ July 31, 2008 12:18 PM in return of the bots

in this thread: Date: January 18, 2008 07:07 AM Author: Wiley Subject: Having house renovated, how to heat house?

steam maintainance

@ July 31, 2008 8:57 AM in fuel savings after replacing steam traps

this system is unlike my 1-piper but maybe only 3 times bigger. is it possible that the pressure has been raised beyond its oringal design point and that this is responsable for some of the traps leaking? as these old systems ran with ounces of pressure the old traps might leak simply because of design rather than age.--nbc

epic meeting

@ July 29, 2008 11:42 PM in (OT) Great Movie Scene!

i recognise this as the first meeting between a legendary practitioner of the steam/hydronic arts and his new client!! is sergio leone one of the dead men of hollywood?--nbc

would the \"dead men\" agree?

@ July 29, 2008 1:13 AM in Weil Mclain vs HB Smith steam gas/oil

this is a very interesting concept.i hope i did not make the wrong choice when the installer of our choice actually measured the radiation [all 60 of the radiators] and sized our new peerless 211-a to that radiation load. the other competing proposal was based solely on the capacity of the 1971 american standard-no measurements! naturally if you had a dual boiler setup with the combined capacity split into a 40%-60% arrangement you could drop one boiler out when you had reached the ideal [low] operating steam pressure.would it then be able to operate without the 40% boiler firing at all? it may depend on the size of the building and it's flywheel effect ,and the local weather patterns whether you can get by with undersizing.if you have sudden decreases in your temperature [as we can have in the great plains] then the time taken to reheat the building might give rise to complaint. at any rate i think that most steam systems would benefit from a hi-lo burner, which i am determined to install on our boiler.i can see that, once pressure is up; that it can be maintained when i partially close the ball valve in the gas a result the gas meter turns 25% slower when i do this,and there is less cycling [anyone see the tour de france?]--nbc

decorator steam pipe

@ July 23, 2008 10:31 PM in Dressing up steam return pipe

that pipe might look pretty in pink or just shoot a coat of rustoleum black on it.-nbc

a book by it's cover?

@ July 23, 2008 10:52 AM in advertising

a surprising number of hydronic and steam decisions are made by the woman of the house;so maybe magnetic cards stuck to the fridge would be a good start mailsd out. there was some disscussion about logos on trucks recently as advertising [maybe the cards could be stuck to the truck too for the taking]. how about a discounted pre heating season checkup price including burner cleaning adjustment, leak check etc.that way you will meet more potential permanent customers?[and vise-versa] naturally you and your employees should look professional and knowlegable wherever you go to generate the most effective advertising of all--word of mouth.--nbc

ancient boiler

@ July 23, 2008 10:41 AM in single pipe steam system questions

probably the cans over the vents are there to stop them spitting--due to excessively high pressure or due to old vent syndrome. the same high pressure could also explain the leaks around the radiators.a good 0-60 OUNCE gauge []will show what your pressure is whether on the old boiler or the new.either boiler should have a 0-16 oz.vaporstat to cycle the burner and maintain the required 4-12 oz. must also keep the o-30 psi gauge for code compliance. you may have to become knowlegable yourself with dan's book and lead a less informed plumber through the whole job but i know you can do it. you will be amazed how improved even an ancient system can be in terms of "comfyness" when run as the dead men intended. you don"t mention noise so the job of replacement should have no surprises.however if you deceide not to replace at this time ;then at least have the low pressure gauge ,vaporstat, new steam suitable thermostat, and new vents installed.keep us informed how it goes!good luck--nbc