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Last Post on July 27, 2014

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@ July 27, 2014 6:45 PM in Burnham IN4 steam boiler piping

Not even a nice try….Had to be a moonlighter…

by the book

@ July 19, 2014 10:07 AM in Do I need a chimney liner?

My simple answer is, if in doubt line it….However I am sure it is clearly, written in the local code books in your area….Sizing charts are readily available,on line from different manufactures….When you have a chimney inspected and approved for continued use,its approved for continued use { at that time }…In my state the code, is not just a code its the LAW…..Chimneys are to your house as a exhaust systems are to cars…..Keep it safe and simple….

gas pressure

@ July 4, 2014 2:54 PM in Bouncing Gas Pressure

measure the pressure static and dynamic …If gas sizing and pressure is good look elsewhere Very recently my area has had moisture issues…Filters have been installed by the gas company…..low pressure areas are a bit touchy….


@ July 4, 2014 9:35 AM in Bouncing Gas Pressure

Just some of my input hope it helps, maybe some of the questions are already answered.

1 What is minimum gas pressure the manuf. requires for proper operation
2 what is static and dynamic pressures with each appliance running separately and combined.
3 Did you or anyone check for moisture in the gas, suggest pull off supply nipple at gas valves and check inlet screen if applicable…Recently I had moisture in customers gas line
had to have inline filter installed…Showed as a rusty red color.
4 What is the min.gas pressure your gas provider guarantees

Its not uncommon to see oversized gas lines on the inside fit for low press. areas Kind of like a reservoir in some peoples minds…The current code book in your area gives min. sizing…
My opinion.either wet gas,or pressure to low on street side….

hope you get it fixed


@ July 1, 2014 7:00 AM in Converting Oil to Gas

Who is your gas provider?


@ June 29, 2014 11:58 PM in recent job

Or learn


@ June 29, 2014 11:55 PM in recent job

Give us the model number of the ecr…Maybe we an help….

power vent..

@ June 29, 2014 10:45 PM in concentric termination relative to dryer vent

Did you say this a power vent? If so why a concentric?


@ June 29, 2014 10:28 PM in recent job

we removed the existing c/i rad in the pic.and installed two flat panel rads on a wet loop in basement…off the steam boiler….on there own zone..

Yes of course there is a h/loop, tied in 2 in below the N W L….and yes two main vents were installed 18 in back and 9 in up on the dry returns prior to 90s dropping down

About the 15in question what kind/size boiler is asking for that, or are you working off a suggested kit drawn up by someone….

condensate loop

@ June 29, 2014 12:04 PM in recent job

there are two of them ,used for the wet loop in the basement…the pic of the radiators shows one high,that was a c/i rad. heated off of drip line..the below rads are panel rads attached to the wet loop..we removed the c/i rad…Very common to see in the Boston area….

recent job

@ June 29, 2014 10:24 AM in recent job


combustion air

@ June 25, 2014 6:11 PM in boiler venting

Please do yourself a huge favor….Contact someone lic. in the field...

cast iron

@ March 19, 2014 10:15 PM in Replace 2" x 10' cast iron steam pipe cost?

Never have seen a cast iron steam pipe….Pricing is best left between you and him...


@ March 19, 2014 8:00 AM in Taco Zone Valve

Per the pic you posted I might be a bit concerned about a flame roll out condition….


@ March 2, 2014 7:44 AM in New Gas Conversion

What kind of baseboard c/i or copper?
How many zones?
Did you get a whole house heat loss?
Age of people living in home?
Did anyone check the gas service size and pressure,as well as a load check..

I understand you want a new boiler and not a conversion kit….FYI not all of Burnham boilers are NON convertible,as I recently learned, in fact when I contacted Burnham engineers,they thanked me for bringing up a situation and hence had the boiler manual reworded to include it could be converted….All to my surprise….

remove it

@ March 2, 2014 7:15 AM in Eliminateing a GVD-6 Damper

I am not a fan of leaving the damper installed with no wiring….hence no protection should the damper go somewhat closed…I understand there are other safety switches…I would either remove it completely, or purchase a new one….Verify with a meter the wiring of the dampener is operating correctly…..Just my opinion

error code 12

@ January 26, 2014 1:02 PM in rinnai hot water help

1 what is the gas pressure static and dynamic?
2 what size is the water heater?
3 Does the water heater match the load
4 Has it been serviced?
Start there…
I find Rinnai to be a very reliable product,sized and installed correctly….
I can only assume it was installed correctly,and not by jack of all trades….

Single Pipe

@ January 26, 2014 9:02 AM in Sight glass fluctuations

I agree its not uncommon for single pipe steam to bounce a little…I do suggest skim it and check the PH…and adjust as necessary...


@ January 26, 2014 8:58 AM in Gurgling in 2nd Floor Steam Riser

What is the pressures set at? Is the pigtail clean? Its not uncommon for a bathroom radiator to do this, because it is the most common room to be remodeled…Often the riser gets cut out and replaced by others and the pitch back is improper…Just my opinion…Site unseen...


@ January 1, 2014 4:52 AM in Pipe Killers

Sounds like you don’t have a boiler bypass…That goes back to original installer…if not installed…If the boiler is older it would be a waste of time to install one now….Damaged done….Boiler and venting system

service time

@ January 1, 2014 4:44 AM in Alpine condensate

Its normal to see it….But that just means boiler has not been serviced…Time to have it serviced….Dont wait till it doesn’t work…The manf. gives specific service requirements…My guess a dirty heat exchanger….

It happens

@ January 1, 2014 4:35 AM in Spill Switch Not Attached / Dangling

Agree with last post…Don’t panic just reattach it or have installer reattach it….It opens on heat Unlike a roll out sw. spill sw. is resettable..BUT DONT RESET IT YOURSELF…CALL A PLUMBER OR GAS FITTER…..
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