Joined on November 24, 2007
Last Post on March 10, 2014
@ February 21, 2014 2:12 AM in taco zone relay constant hum soundIf you can get a cheap one of these (harbor freight?), you could try to find the source of the most objectionable part of the noise, and maybe we can think of a workaround.
Just touch the rod to all parts of the boiler while it is running and see if you recognize a certain vibration as one which carries into the living space up stairs
There are many posts here about noise, so you are not the only one who wants quiet enjoyment.--NBC
@ February 21, 2014 12:09 AM in Soundproofing a boiler roomCan you describe the sound a little more for us:
Water rushing through pipes?
The burner combustion and fan? An improperly adjusted burner can be noisy.
Expanding pipes rubbing against wood?--NBC
@ February 21, 2014 12:05 AM in Debris in our radiant heat systemI hope we can hear the end of the story, and that it will be happy for you.
Be careful of that green slime as it may contain some very toxic bacteria, (legionella of legionnaires disease), and that if your hot water come out of this system, you are taking a great risk anytime you have a shower.--NBC
@ February 20, 2014 11:58 PM in A little advice on a new steam system pleaseBut best to wait until spring.
It would be a good idea to get a 0-3 psi gauge, and put that on a tee with the pressuretrol, and the useless 0-30 psi gauge. This will tell you how the main venting is, and that could be improved before the end of winter, and should stop the spitting.
During the hot months, we can guide you through the reworking of the header, and supply pipes, as well as installing a second riser from the boiler.
Next winter as you are silently toasty warm, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you made the old system work as it once did when first installed!--NBC
@ February 20, 2014 10:48 AM in Pictures of existing system that needs replacementI also had no luck with the link-maybe it's an Apple vs PC problem--NBC
@ February 20, 2014 10:45 AM in BEST WAY TO PIPE A 2 PIPE STEAM CONVERSION TO A 3 ZONE HOT WATERThis would be a perfect opportunity to install 3 boilers, so each apartment could have its own.--NBC
@ February 19, 2014 11:19 PM in Last Rites?This cast iron cancer is caused, or excellerated by chlorides in the water.
Last I heard, water softeners used sodium chloride to remove the calcium, so I would advise keeping the water softener in the next room away from the boiler, as even the fumes may do it in! Certainly the water going into the boiler should be pure. If you have chlorides in the water, then some Rhomar water treatment products could be used.--NBC
@ February 19, 2014 2:44 PM in Main Venting ReviewThis is one of those situations where a 0-3 psi gauge would tell you how much back-pressure is developed during the initial venting phase. On my 55 rad system, the air escapes at 2 ounces.
I believe that putting a main vent on the 2nd main has got to be an improvement; however I can't explain the closeness of time of steam radiators between the vented and unvented mains.--NBC
@ February 19, 2014 11:11 AM in BEST WAY TO PIPE A 2 PIPE STEAM CONVERSION TO A 3 ZONE HOT WATERWhat's wrong with keeping the steam?
If you convert to hat water, your system could suddenly be exposed to pressures 30 times higher than those it was originally designed for, so a complete repiping will be necessary.
You could instead concentrate on making the steam work properly with thermostatic radiator valves to control the heat in each room.--NBC
@ February 19, 2014 10:13 AM in how prevalent is this?I'm sure he is well intentioned, but he should at least make sure his advice does not cause any problems down the road for his followers.
A badly selected water heater can always be changed later when it is found lacking, but pipes buried wrongly in a concrete slab will be more difficult to reconfigure.
When he compares his materials price tag to the guesstimated cost of a professionally installed system, he is not comparing apples to apples, but rather bricks to hammers.--NBC
@ February 19, 2014 9:52 AM in Pictures of existing system that needs replacementYou could use a wet based boiler with a gas gun with a lower firing rate to match your current setup. When you make the additions, you could then increase the firing rate appropriately.--NBC
@ February 19, 2014 9:37 AM in Too hot upstairs after conversion to gas-fired steam boilerWhat sort of main venting is on the system now?
What pressure is the system reaching?
Was the new boiler piped correctly following the manufacturers instructions? Pictures would help.
Were the radiators measured so the new boiler could be sized correctly?--NBC
@ February 19, 2014 12:05 AM in new at the wallIt's always better to put the short description of the question you have in the title line, so you and others can find the subject later.
It's a real mistake to use this line as your opening sentence. Do a search for the term "hmm" and you will see what I mean. Don't worry about your lack of skills on the computer, because, as you find this site so interesting, you will soon learn all you need to know very quickly!--NBC
@ February 18, 2014 4:00 PM in Steam boiler replacement quoteI think you and your uncle will do the best job of anyone in your town.
Best to start by adding up your radiators EDR, so you know what boiler to order
Is this 1-pipe or 2-pipe?
Do a search here for EDR, and you will find the link to the radiator table for measurement.
Also search for drop header, as I think that configuration will be easiest to fit in between your new boiler risers, and the existing steam main.--NBC
PS, Mark the present waterline height on the wall for future reference.
@ February 17, 2014 12:29 PM in Steam/Water heat service in Providence RI areaGet them to take some pictures of the boiler, and radiators, and post them here. This will enable some prediagnosis to take place.--NBC
@ February 17, 2014 12:27 PM in how prevalent is this?Here is a graphic description of the drawbacks of such a system, and it doesn't take long for these symptoms to appear
I wonder if the original blogger would incur any responsibility for any deaths which may occur.--NBC
@ February 16, 2014 12:08 PM in clanking soundsProbably, your neighbor needs the thermostatic vent on his radiator.
In addition to that, the system should be left at a constant temperature round the clock, as the extra fuel used by the boiler to recover from a lower nighttime setting, negates what little was saved by the setback.
Is this a condo, or coop, in which you are part owner of the structure of the building, including the heating system, and the roof? Is anyone else experiencing a similar noise problem?
Is the boiler serviced regularly?--NBC
@ February 15, 2014 11:24 PM in Steam pipe replacementIs the replacement necessary because of a leak? Just make sure you keep the slope right, and even for the new pipes.
If you have to cap off the supplies, and returns as a temporary expedient, the boiler will be temporarily oversized, and will short-cycle, so make sure you complete the repair as soon as you can.--NBC
@ February 15, 2014 11:17 PM in Kickstart THIS!Also, could your control system be adapted to a hot water boiler, for a wider audience?--NBC
@ February 15, 2014 8:47 AM in Time to Upgrade my ModconDepending on the condition of the old boiler, could it be left in just to fire during design day temps, or handle the DHW?
Then you could have a much smaller new boiler, setup like SWEI's asymmetric systems.--NBC
@ February 14, 2014 11:58 PM in Can find a Pilot Gas valve info for a back up replacement in case of future failureDo you want it cheap, or working?--NBC
@ February 14, 2014 11:51 PM in Bleeping blinking lights - what do they all mean??The problem with your boiler is more than the LWCO and water-feed.
Running a boiler which shuts off repeatedly, and often puts excessive thermal stress on the iron sections of the boiler. Don't concentrate on the symptoms, but rather on the cause-bad piping, installed cheaply, and badly. Don't let the situation get to the point of " the call at midnight Friday".--NBC