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Joined on April 29, 2005

Last Post on September 14, 2014

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@ September 14, 2014 10:36 AM in condensation issue

Why so long to realize you needed a chimney liner? Whats up with installer and why no combustion report left on site….Its important to have one…for many reasons….If chimney pro.says chimney liner and cap are good…Your problem lies in….


@ September 14, 2014 9:51 AM in snowmelt dilemma

Sounds like same weather as here….in Boston….Your advise sounds very logical to me…Thanks


@ September 14, 2014 9:16 AM in snowmelt dilemma

Don’t know your location, but how popular is residential snow melting in your area….Up here in Boston I have only had a few chances to install it….I think its great, but thats just me...

will it

@ September 14, 2014 9:00 AM in Weil-Mclain WGO-3, Oil to Gas Conversion Burner?

Will it work ? site unseen, i guess so
is it legal ? Check with the powers to be
Is it cost effective ? Depends on way to many factors, here in the Boston area, definitely,not.


@ September 13, 2014 7:28 AM in Weil-Mclain WGO-3, Oil to Gas Conversion Burner?

Read the conversion gun of choice manual front to back, before making your choice…Carlin, for one offers great reading material,they will gladly send it to you…If that boiler has not been serviced/cleaned annually….I would replace it...


@ September 13, 2014 7:04 AM in condensation issue

Inside or outside chimney?

What type model # conversion gun?

What kind of readings on your combustion report from installer on last check up?

new site

@ September 12, 2014 12:04 PM in PLEASE READ: New site going up this week.

Looking fwd. to your new site….I am sure it will take a few tweaks of the vents….but will be great….

our motto

@ September 12, 2014 11:49 AM in Trying to correct bad near boiler piping

They all call back….Do it your way, or hit the highway, for now…LOL…Kinda just joking, but truthfully, explain how and why,without giving them a free schooling….To me it sounds like you know exactly what you are doing….I installed my first solo steam boiler in 1979…just after my 9 year military stint….Its still running, rookie me. I even used copper,type L…Learned a lot since then, and am now passing it on...

And then

@ September 7, 2014 3:23 PM in PVC Venting on boilers again!

Some states, such as mine, fall under different versions…We don’t make the rules,we just follow them….My opinion,,,end this subject…and move on to something else...


@ September 7, 2014 2:27 PM in dishwasher waste piping

I was a half time plumbing/heating teacher at a local high school…Got laid off, and never asked to return….Why, because not enough kids had an interest in the program…Even the full time teacher went to half time…But I can say, the ones that stuck with it are doing great….


@ September 7, 2014 9:05 AM in dishwasher waste piping

Just drain the conventional way,,,,keep it simple…..If in Mass keep it legal, recent house I was doing heat system,decided to do kit,and 2 baths on there own….Beautiful job, BUT they had to do it twice, build. insp made them rip it out…..NO PERMITS…

Some manufactures

@ September 5, 2014 5:47 AM in PVC Venting on boilers again!

Some manufactures supply P V C fittings as well as some provide P V C primer and glue…I agree its worth discussing…I have seen some P V C slightly yellowed, but have also seen 24 gage smoke pipe with issues….My opinion is to read the installation manual and follow it…Most manufactures offer specific training on there products…


@ September 5, 2014 5:19 AM in Furnace to small service call

Cant say the same, seen quite a few steamers undersized….

So much

@ August 30, 2014 7:01 AM in Oil to gas

So much of the decision of what is the best boiler for the application,depends on a few basic considerations…..I totally agree with Paul, stick with cast iron and no reset,,,let them feel the heat they have been used to….

how about

@ August 23, 2014 2:21 PM in who builds?



@ August 23, 2014 11:05 AM in who builds?

Aluminum, not being an oily guy by trade,i was wondering if aluminum is an acceptable vent for oil….Not even sure of product model or location, so not for me to say….


@ August 21, 2014 6:39 PM in Oil boiler with gas conversion burner

What appliances are you using? Boiler manufacture ,combined with what manufacture conversion burner? Inside or outside chimney? Existing gas pressure?….

Pipe Dope

@ August 17, 2014 7:31 AM in Gas Piping - teflon tape

Any of the honeywell gas control valves I have installed, the instruction manual says DO NOT USE TEFLON TAPE….They also say no sealant on first two threads…..Makes sense to me……They also spec. how far they want that nipple installed,as not to damage the gas valve body….


@ August 11, 2014 5:11 AM in One riser or two?

I would use two, It will slow down the steam….

meters in my area

@ August 9, 2014 1:06 PM in Burner Conversion Question - Weil-McLain P-SG0-3

If the gas company has to replace the meter, up size the riser, or service, and the meter/meters are inside,they, if not already relocate them to within ten feet of service coming in….I was informed that was for them and the fire department….Makes sense to me…I can tell you, the inside fit is on the owner/owners…This is just in my area…Hope that helps….FYI add up the total btus required convert it cu/ft and see if the meter is sized correctly….The local gas supplier will tell you the but content of the gas…rule of thumb 1k btus per cu/ft of gas…..Example 100000 BTU BOILER 45000 BTU WATER HEATER 35000 BTU DRYER 65000 BTU STOVE EQUALS 245000 SO NOW A 250 METER IS OK…NOW ADD A FIRPLACE AT 15000 BTUS YOU NEED THE NEXT SIZE UP….Once again this is how it works in Boston metro are with the grid…Science don’t change but policy does

Its simple

@ August 9, 2014 8:16 AM in Burnham has tested Beckett gas burners in oil-fired boilers

You want an oil boiler buy an oil boiler
you want a gas boiler buy a gas boiler
you want a combination oil/gas by a buy one of those.
Done correctly on the approved boiler it will heat your home no differently than the other fuel…
If tour into clean air then thats great
if your into lower cost fuel [ AT THIS TIME ] thats great
I believe the true savings comes from proper installation, a well insulated home,and a well managed thermostat…..


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

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