Joined on April 29, 2005
Last Post on November 29, 2013
@ November 29, 2013 4:27 PM in little flames and end of tubes when unit is offGood 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 PipeBob 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
@ November 29, 2013 5:44 AM in Gas Conversion/ Deteriorating Smoke Pipeis this an inside or outside chimney, meaning ,except above the roof line is any chimney wall exposed to outside?
@ November 27, 2013 6:45 PM in need help with one pipe steam system,, rookie!Open the manual and compare the piping….Not rocket science
@ October 27, 2013 6:08 PM in Gas conversion burner of choice for a Burnham V-905?v9a series boiler online i and o page 5…..That is the boiler in question and again that is how I interpret it…Just giving my opinion…..Final say is the A H J and manufacture of appliances, not me….Hope I helped…Not trying to direct anyone, as this form,to me is the opinions of many pros. like yourself…My reason of interest is I was recently asked to convert exact same boiler…..thats it…As for page 9 of residential it may be page 8 or 9….but its there
@ October 27, 2013 9:12 AM in Gas conversion burner of choice for a Burnham V-905?This is my opinion only,and its based completely on what I have read and how I interpreted
it…….Page 5 of the online manual is worth the read……My opinion is it is not convertible…The same holds true for residential boilers except it is on page 9.. The book and the A J D has the final say,,in my state…..Maybe different in others…..
@ July 14, 2013 12:49 PM in Can we gain worthwhile efficiency with new steam boiler?Get Dans book The Greening Of Steam….Easy read and lots to learn….j.a
@ July 12, 2013 6:59 AM in peerless ect oil to gas conversionIf I were you I would go online and read the manual of the appliance you are thinking about using..As a homeowner pay more attention to information on safety,not so much about the actual install…This will better equip you to ask the correct questions to the installer….As with all gas appliance additions check with gas company and see what size is your service,don’t just look yourself it may be an inserted line….Then check your riser size and meter size….Ask gas company what the pressure is in your area,they will give it to you in in. of water column…There is a lot of homework to do before you do the actual install…Some manufactures require s/s chimney liners….You have already started doing the right thing,,,Get some basic knowledge,and ask the correct questions before you invest your hard earned monies...
@ June 8, 2013 10:02 AM in Rinnai Water Heater LeakingI have been installing Rinnai products for many years…In the beginning I had a learning curve….What I learned is howling is almost always vent related, it is sucking in exhaust,as someone already said….use the lube provided and make sure they are pushed all the way in…then use the supplied screws…If someone cuts the vent that is where you must be careful to follow procedures,very carefully,outer shorter than inner…As for vent pitch it depends on the model and if you have a condensate collector.it pitches back if not it pitches out,never a flat vent….Get the model number and simply read the instructions…Any homeowner can read,just be careful not to accomplish a task that the manufacture says must be done by a trained individual…Read the warnings in the front of the book…Installed improperly can cause death…Here in Mass not only is it code its the LAW...
@ June 3, 2013 6:37 AM in Lead wipingNot often but on occasion I come accross lead wiped gas piping,inside risers as well as inside fit….glad I am a plumber as well, we used to do them quite often on main water feeds….It to is a lost art I may have a old booklet I can scan and post good luck Now if 8 + 1 = 9 you will see this post…..
@ May 25, 2013 8:12 AM in Steel PipeHere is my understanding as well as my standard practice….A black steel fitting should turn onto a threaded pipe 3 1/2 to 4 turns, by hand,if not something is wrong….This policy keeps things standard and safe…As well as you will find fitting goes much neater…I have a great old book written for steam fitters working on U S Navy ships, back in the day….J A
@ March 31, 2013 2:08 PM in NOISIEST Burnham AlpineI as other posters on this site truly appear to enjoy it,why else would we…Many of the questions and responses also help us…..I ask when I/we respond you give us feedback,as to what may have helped…..
@ March 24, 2013 11:14 AM in NOISIEST Burnham AlpineQuestions
1 When does the noise occur ? On start up I assume..
2 Did it just start or has it gradually got louder?
3 Post a pic of venting….
4 Do you have a copy of installers report on initializing…Did you call him/her back?
5 Is this natural gas and, if so, what is gas pressure,and is main/riser properly sized?
Chances are it is a simple fuel/air adjustment…..If it was installed correctly….
Not installed correctly it could be other issues as well
@ March 17, 2013 12:47 PM in DIY Maintenance Advice for Burnham V8 SeriesThe v8 does not appear to be the problem It appears to be the system it is attached to.. And the lack of proper care and service. Your boiler is only as good as to the system its attached to..... Many of good boilers are ruined by improper installation and lack of care. You should limit yourself to the homeowners care and call in a local qualified heating person
@ December 3, 2012 5:32 AM in Gas boiler cleaningClean as often as manf says, usually once a year
servicing the boiler consists following the manf checklist, and any general observations
If boilers have not been serviced for five years there is no telling how long this may take
Prices are not discussed here
servicing the boiler and servicing the system it is attached to are independent of each other
@ October 17, 2012 6:33 AM in New crown boiler install. 3" drop header, inspector not happy!Me, I almost always use a dropped header, with great success, for many, many years...Using both tapping's is the best, one is OK in that size boiler, as you go up in size it really matters, just follow the book.....I assume the inspector is a mechanical inspector and not a plumbing inspector...Get your facts and sit and talk to him...If he wont listen then move up the ladder. Very simple...Could be a long ladder..Once got called by h/o due building inspector did not like a heating pipe pinned to a wooden beam, said it was a fire hazard,,so I moved the 45 year old pipe....He never did tell the h/o they just closed up the boiler and drier with no make up air, go figure that one out..I informed the h/o and he just shrugged his shoulders and looked at me like I was nuts, and looking for more work, I was, but not at his house...Could not have got out of there fast enough
@ October 17, 2012 5:56 AM in Burnham alpine noiseHopefully this was done on the install, ask for the initial findings and settings....Secondly make sure you follow the h/o guide and have that unit serviced as required...If a tech comes in without a combustion analyzer he in my opinion is doing nothing....Boilers come with initial start up checklists and must be followed to the exact text. often there is a sheet to fill out...Very simple...
@ October 17, 2012 5:47 AM in Hot Water Baseboard Heating ProblemPost a pic of the install and let us look at it....Excessive make up water is bad...for your system....Isolate each zone and accomplish a hydrostatic test, no leaks are acceptable....Air can only really get in if there is room for it...
@ October 17, 2012 5:34 AM in Burnham Alpine Blower Problems...You do mean sized per heat loss and not radiation, correct
@ October 16, 2012 6:17 AM in Burnham alpine noisePost the combustion test results in both high and low fire...Proper adj , by the book may help...Should it not, I suggest call U S Boiler tech those guys are pretty darn good,at what they do...However the first thing they will ask was the job done by the book....COMBUSTION TEST AND ADJUSTMENT...I am sure your installer can help
@ October 16, 2012 6:05 AM in Burnham Alpine Blower Problems...What was your heat loss and what type of system,copper baseboard or radiators..Any indirect? Post a pic...Was a buffer tank required?