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Last Post on March 19, 2014

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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…..

Manf Specs

@ January 1, 2014 4:27 AM in Hartford loop mystery on a counter flow one pipe system with dry return

In theory maybe its not needed….However any and all writings stress the fact you go by the manf. specs….Any steam boiler I have ever installed gives you a piping schematic or refers you to i=b=a= standard practices…Dan has always said go by the manf. specs…I have yet to see a schematic by a manf. not using a hartford loop….on a steam boiler


@ January 1, 2014 4:13 AM in PolyPro Venting adjacent to fireplace

Follow installation instructions included by the original polypropylene venting component manufacturers, M&g/DuraVent or Centrotherm, whichever applicable.
Flexible Polypropylene Vent must be installed in an UnUSED chimney. a chimney, either single or multiple flue type, is considered UNUSED when none of the flues is being used for any appliance venting.
Where one of the multiple flues is being used for an appliance venting, the flexible vent installation is not permitted thru any of adjacent flues.

Almost All

@ December 29, 2013 12:14 PM in Cast Iron Boiler Life Expectancy

Almost all boiler manufactures have had issues with there products at one time or another…I feel comfortable telling people 30 years on cast iron boilers…There are variables, such as how they are installed ,and have they been maintained per manf. instructions…A lot of boiler manufactures take a beating over improperly installed appliances…..The environment the boiler exists in as well has much to do with it…..Hope I helped….

Get Help

@ December 29, 2013 10:44 AM in Pex for temp. gas line ?

I highly advise you to get someone in there that is lic, and insured…..Your question alone makes no sense…

stainless steal

@ December 29, 2013 9:05 AM in Is Carlin EZ 1 Steam Gas Conversion worth $$$$

If its an outside chimney,check to see if stainless steel is required….I think it was last time I looked….

I agree

@ December 25, 2013 6:13 PM in Cold radiator, likely causes?

With the last post….If you have done all you said it definitely seems like a liquid block..If you feel comfortable doing it,disconnect the rad. at the valve and using a small compressor
blow it down…Then run boiler and see if steam appears, if so, problem found….Maybe shut off a couple of rads in that vicinity and see what happens….to the one in question….Hope this helps

Manf. Specs

@ December 25, 2013 1:14 PM in Did another small steam job

At the very minimum you should follow the manf. specs. Most manufactures give you minimum sizes, and dimensions,thats great…Thats how they want it piped for there product to operate correctly…From there as in installer it is your/our job to make any modifications necessary to make the system operate as efficiently as possible while supplying comfort…In my opinion, that is were the many years of experience and training come into play…..Some manufactures take a beating, many times its not the boiler,its the installer….I know i have been there myself…..There is nothing like a beautiful cast iron steam boiler piped correctly….and a HAPPY CUSTOMER


@ December 25, 2013 7:40 AM in Did another small steam job

Was not quite sure what and who you were referring to when speaking about plumbers and steam…Sure ,if you have been out here long enough its amazing what you see…Not even all the dead men knew what they were doing….There are a lot of Plumbers that advertise on this site some in the strictly steam section,and its frustrating to see negative comments, such as yours…As Dan says BE NICE…...

cut it

@ December 22, 2013 11:44 AM in How to remove stubborn pigtail?

I would cut it off,ream it down try a left handed drill bit or a snap on grade easy out..maybe retag it and be done with it…..Total time 30 min...


@ December 22, 2013 11:29 AM in Did another small steam job

What and why all the fuss over plumbers…..This is not the first time i have seen this type of post….I fail to see the point…..No comment on the install


@ November 29, 2013 4:27 PM in little flames and end of tubes when unit is off

Good idea to turn it off…Couple of questions, was the appliance ever exposed to water,and was tape used at or near the gas valve….J A


@ November 29, 2013 4:13 PM in Gas Conversion/ Deteriorating Smoke Pipe

Bob is on target with the liner…My reason for asking about outside wall exposed,is if it is, I recall it has to be a stainless steel liner thanks
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