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Just curios

@ January 19, 2009 2:52 PM in Your dispatchers...how much power?

We had a plumbing and heating guy at our house in Fairbanks a few times named Rocky. I believe the Co. was called Alaska's Best. Are you that Rocky. This was fifteen years ago.

I said it once and I'll say it again.

@ January 15, 2009 1:25 AM in CO IN CO

A boiler or furnace can be equipped with it's own detector. Some manufacturer had to have thought of this. It can be done.

Carbon monoxide safety switch

@ January 11, 2009 2:36 AM in Carbon,monoxide safety switch

Has there ever been a carbon monoxide safety switch invented? We have relief valves, vent safety switches, flame rollout switches etc.. Why can't a boiler or furnace be fitted with a gadget that shuts off the fuel if it detects carbon monoxide? This would make sure theres one in the house and the homeowner couldn't tinker with it. So instesd of an alarm the fuel gets shut off. Seems to me it would prevent many deaths and illnesses.

Remember back in high school and college

@ January 9, 2009 1:34 AM in Dan, It's Time To Look To The Future

when you would get a real good teacher and then you would get a real jerk who is there for his own ego? D.H. is one of the great ones. D.H. is a great teacher. So what if theres new schools, Good,hope it works out. Now for the identity issue. I hope it's one of D.H.'s friends just screwing around-probably. I think in know. The other schools hired an advertising and marketing agency and there strategy is to berate the leader in the field. Utter geniuss' these marketing folks!

already in Anchorage

@ January 3, 2009 7:52 PM in C0 Meters

Several years ago a family of five went to sleep and and never woke up. Anchorage passed ordaninance saying houses have carbon monoxide detectors. Heartbreaking story.

backwards boiler

@ January 3, 2009 6:08 PM in backwards boiler

I came across a boiler that had it's circulator pumping out of the return. This had been going on for 30 years. The owner tells me the neighbors said the previous owner had heating guys there all the time. He had a heating guy just say the boiler needed replaced. We turned it around and it was like magic. The arrow on the volute was actually touching the jacket of the boiler. You could not see it. I'm thinking the zone valves got the worst of it. The lever on those Honeywells is trying to go in the direction of intended flow. But here the circulator said otherwise. What goes on in a boiler when this happens? He would manually open the zone valves and it mwould make some heat.We turned around the circulator and it really made heat. Ironically, He was pumping away for no good reason!

Favorite jury story

@ January 2, 2009 3:49 AM in Federal jury duty.

A good friend of ours was on a jury. He sat through a month of proceedings. After all was done United airlines had to pay a caterer 5 million dollars. United appealled and the three judge panel threw it out. The whole idea of being the greatest system in the world is probably true but its real frustrating.

Get well soon!

@ December 31, 2008 6:29 PM in Man I am sick of some co. just trying to sell equipment

You should love those guys.It has been my experiance that when this happens there stands a good chance you will receive rave reveiws.I had one like this ten years ago, from that I got five boiler replacements. Word of mouth is a wonderful thing, and its free.

Not just Detroit

@ December 31, 2008 1:48 PM in Journalism sinks to new low

All newspapers are suffering.The newspaper in our city is set to shrink again. Two customers of mine, a couple who both work for it, tell me of the of the huge drop in money for investigative journalists. That occupation is in trouble. McClatchy newspaper company, which owns it and several other papers, is a publicly traded Co. Five years ago it's share price was sixty dollars. Two years ago it was forty. One year ago it was thirteen. Today it sells for about eighty cents. The owner of the L.A. Times is in bankruptcy. If your reading this your looking at why this is happening. This computer is eating up the advertising dollar. Also the proliferation of trashy A.M. radio talk shows. Rush's huge salary is gotta come from somewhere. That tradition of the morning coffee and the newspaper is becoming shorter and shorter.

@ December 29, 2008 11:21 PM in replacing main vents

Thanks for the recs on the new gauge/pigtails. I didn't mention that the boiler is actually new, so would that make it unlikely that the pigtail is clogged? I checked and it is facing the right way (per Dan's book).

@ December 29, 2008 3:06 PM in replacing main vents

Okay, I'll consider adding another, more sensitive gauge. I'm assuming this is not a DIY job that I should call in a pro? As for the pigtail being clogged, I'm not sure -- how can I tell?

pressure

@ December 29, 2008 1:21 PM in replacing main vents

I had set the boiler to operate between 1/2 and 1.5 psi based on reading Dan's book. On that note, the actual pressure gauge is almost always at 0 -- does that mean that the boiler's not working properly, or is that a good sign? I spoke with Ken at Gorton and he thought the vent might be defective and is going to replace it for me. By the way, he's an awesome guy--extremely patient and helpful. He also said that the #2 is working fine which is why I'm not hearing it.

#1 is defective

@ December 29, 2008 9:36 AM in replacing main vents

Thanks. It sounds then like maybe the #2 is fine, but just to clarify, does it sound like the #1 is defective? I wasn't sure how to protect it from water hammer since there's only about an inch of ceiling clearance even after cutting into the plaster board and there's only a couple of inches clearance on the wall side. But the system was only running for a couple of minutes when the vent didn't close and started spitting steam, which makes me think that it was defective out of the box. Does that sound right?

everybody who has been to Fairbanks

@ December 29, 2008 3:19 AM in Did you know temperatures have odors?

in winter has stories. Vehicle at airport would not start. Tow truck driver shows up with metal trash can lids,charcoal and lighter fluid. "Light it and warm your engine in about an hour" He says. He actually had marshmellows. I was amused getting a heating lesson from him. Being exhausted and freezing I took a cab. The cab broke down while enroute. All this during 30 below. I ran one mile home.The driver had the nerve to ask for a fare.He explained he was having car trouble all night. Fourtunatly the Chena river was frozen or it would have been a much longer run. Umiat's temperture changed 100 degrees in a 24 hour period about 15 years ago

everybody who has been to Fairbanks

@ December 29, 2008 3:18 AM in Did you know temperatures have odors?

in winter has stories. Vehicle at airport would not start. Tow truck driver shows up with metal trash can lids,charcoal and lighter fluid. "Light it and warm your engine in about an hour" He says. He actually had marshmellows. I was amused getting a heating lesson from him. Being exhausted and freezing I took a cab. The cab broke down while enroute. All this during 30 below. I ran one mile home.The driver had the nerve to ask for a fare.He explained he was having car trouble all night. Fourtunatly the Chena river was frozen or it would have been a much longer run. Umiat's temperture changed 100 degrees in a 24 hour period about 15 years ago

what went wrong???

@ December 28, 2008 8:59 PM in replacing main vents

Hi guys. So today, following the advice posted here, I installed new main vents, but neither seems to be working properly and I was hoping you could give me your opinion. On the small main, I put a 3/8 Gorton #1 (see first photo). When I started the system (which had been off for about 24 hours), once it started making steam, the #1 started quietly venting air. But then when the steam hit it, it never closed, it just continued to spit steam until the system cycled off. Does that mean that the vent is broken (I ordered it from PEX Supply)? Or is it possible that I did something wrong when installing, or that something else in the system is causing it to malfunction? Also, on the larger main, I expanded the 3/8 to 1/2, put in some elbows and nipples and topped it with a Gorton #2 (see photo). When the system started making steam, I couldn't feel or hear any air venting from the #2. It just sat there looking pretty. Eventually the steam hit the vent and it heated up but nothing ever seemed to vent from the holes. Is it possible that this one is broken too? Shouldn't I be able to notice the air coming out of the holes, or am I missing something? This is my first foray into heating systems, so go easy on me if I screwed something up. Thanks in advance!

Amtrol boilermate

@ December 19, 2008 3:50 PM in Amtrol boilermate

Are there any other ideas on why boilermate indirect water heaters have such a high failure rate? Amtrol's classic series have been a real nightmare here. At one time I was connvinced it was the top O-ring and the brass fitting but now I'm not so sure. Amtrol does advertise a special double O-ring,although I've never seen one. So they have touched on the subject.When they leak you can feel heat at the top at a certain point then the leak occurs at the bottom right below

which is better?

@ December 17, 2008 9:59 AM in venting/bushing question

I'm in the process of replacing my two main vents but can't budge the existing 3/4 x 3/8 bushings embedded in the elbows, so neither the Gorton #1 (3/4) or Gorton #2 that I purchased will fit. Would you recommend just switching to 3/8 Gorton #1's? Or should I put in a second bushing to expand the openings back to 3/4 and 1/2 respectively? I wasn't sure how much the diameter of the opening effects venting capacity. I was also planning to put the #2 up on a short nipple to get it away from the water return - does that effect the analysis? (There isn't enough extra clearance on the other elbow to lift the vent up and away from the return.) Any advice or other solutions you could offer would be greatly appreciated!

good solution

@ December 16, 2008 9:34 PM in replacing main vents

I like that solution, especially since it would make my life much easier! But do you think that using two #1's would give me enough venting capacity for the size of my mains? On the longer main, would it be better to put in a second bushing to accommodate the #2 (do they even make bushings to expand from 3/8 to 1/2)? First, I will try and pick up a can of the Gibbs if I can find it and give the wrench another shot.

HELP!

@ December 16, 2008 4:25 PM in replacing main vents

So, I was able to remove the main vents, and I purchased a Gordon #1 for the small main and a Gordon #2 for the longer main. However, there is a 3/8 bushing in each of the elbows that is the wrong size for both of the new vents (one's too small, the other's too big). I have been struggling to remove the bushing with multiple applications of WD-40 and a pipe wrench to no avail. Should it be possible to remove the old bushings, or should I just add new bushings to the old bushings? Should I keep at it, or is it possible that I will bust a pipe or something worse? Help!

@ December 15, 2008 12:41 PM in Insulation of steam pipes

Is it safe to use regular fiberglass batts or roll (wrap it around the pipe, then tape) to insulate steam pipes instead of the "pre-formed pipe" fiberglass. I know it would be more work. "Spend money to save time, or spend time to save money"

@ December 8, 2008 4:41 PM in Steam leak

I overfilled it once by accident, and, it did leak onto the floor. I assumed this was normal. Is it not? The house was inspected, in the summer, and, I will have to pull the report, but, I cannot recall what he said about the heating system or even if he was able to turn it on. I know this condition existed before we got the house cause the system would not turn on the first time I fired it because the water level was too low. I learned all of this in time. Do you think the inspector is liable for missing it?
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