Joined on August 11, 2008
Last Post on June 11, 2013
@ June 11, 2013 10:27 AM in simplification of ARGO control boardWhat you are asking is simple for a professional. To merely demonstrate the system functioning is simple.If you are dealing with a flooded boiler, it needs professional attention, period. It can be life-threatening. There is no short-term cobbling that is safe, and you won't get help here.
@ June 10, 2013 11:08 AM in Buy AmericanMuch talk about Americans demanding the cheapest prices. Well, none of the manufacturers that use to make their products here have ever lowered their prices when moving production offshore.I admit, when they first started the "Buy American" campaign, I was like...yeah right. We also use to hear things like" they want to eliminate the middle-class in this country and , I was like....yeah right.
Well, here we are in this country with flourishing stock markets that no longer reflect the health of this nation and its economy.Our elected officials have decided that we need to become part of the "Global Economy", and sign trade agreements that give middle-class jobs away. Unemployment is through the roof.The former middle-class in this country have become the working poor.
The wealthy, including those in politics, have no desire to fix this. It benefits them. The only time it was adressed, openly, was Obama's last campaign.That's why he was elected, but the powers that be will not allow it to change. Remember......He was going to re-write the trade agreements, and bring the jobs back. I don't think he knew what he was up against.
I love this country, but it needs fixing, right now.
@ June 6, 2013 9:38 AM in Amateur Hour gas boiler installAre you sure that it's not a still? Is this in Kentucky?
@ May 27, 2013 8:00 AM in Memorial DayTo those of you, that have proudly served, and are serving this beautiful country.....WE THANK YOU. It is because of your sacrifices, we enjoy the freedoms we have. God Bless You All And Protect You.
@ May 27, 2013 7:50 AM in Drop Header:Which way to Go?I don't read the diagram like that, at all. I see....Use 2 tappings for oil, and a single for gas. It would have been easy enough for them to have both drawings as side views, with the smaller riser increased in size then connected to the larger, for gas. If that was their intention.
Their 2 riser diagram seems contrary to conventional wisdom for near-boiler piping. It sets up a collision of steam, similar to tapping between the risers.
If it were me, I'd want to speak with someone in "Engineering" directly. Ask....It couldn't hurt.
@ May 24, 2013 9:26 PM in Honeywell Zone Control QuestionNothing shuts the power off to the valve when open. When power is shut off to the valve, it closes. The coil that operates the valve is energized by your Taco ZVC, and the power stays on to the valve until the zvc stops sending it. Just like a lightbulb off a switch.
@ May 24, 2013 8:57 PM in Oil Boiler Leaking WaterReplace the PRV.Sometimes when they discharge, they will not seal afterwards. Replace and properly mount the expansion tank. Is there a coil for domestic hot water in the boiler?
@ May 24, 2013 8:22 PM in Honeywell Zone Control QuestionThe power for the valve itself should not go through the "end switch". The end switch is just a set of dry contacts that work off the valve position. It is typically used to control the circulator, to prevent it from being on against a closed valve.
@ May 23, 2013 1:41 PM in Heating System requirements for New HouseI worked on a framing crew. We built a passive solar house that was a twin to one built in Nova Scotia. I never got a chance to see the mechancals of the house, but I can tell you that the construction is nothing like conventional. There's nothing difficult about it, but the engineering done beforehand has to be top-notch. Right from the site work, to positioning of the house and its orientation to the sun. There can't be any guesswork involved.
@ May 23, 2013 11:29 AM in TT110 Trimax control questionLook at P3.......Adding a vertical pipe between the boiler ends of the supply and return manifolds give you a place for the closely spaced tee's. Look up the install instructions for the air scoop. There are requirements that it not be placed too close to elbows.Here is a simple explaination of P/S, and closely spaced tees. http://www.comfort-calc.net/primary-secondary_piping_tutorial.html
@ May 23, 2013 10:47 AM in TT110 Trimax control questionBy piping it P/S you're eliminating the unknowns.Your flow through the boiler will be constant, unaffected by anything that goes on with the zones. Your bypass just adds confusion. There will still be an affect on the boiler pump by just using that. The affect will be different depending on how many zones are calling. I think my head would explode, trying to figure out how each affected to flow.
@ May 22, 2013 2:44 PM in Direct Return Pump QuestionIt will short circuit. And balancing becomes a challenge, a near-impossible challenge with an ever changing zoned system.
@ May 22, 2013 11:43 AM in Order of Catagories on the WallOften, very active threads can go in many directions, with sub-categories all relating to the original post. I like being able to comment on a specific post. If it's placed at the end of the thread, the specific response can appear off-topic.
This can sometimes make it difficult to locate the last post in,granted. But, I think it lends itself to this sites success. The information contained in 100 posts can be enormous. Contained within that information is a concensus of some very smart individuals.The topics start out broad, and sometimes broaden. Then get more defined and refined. Everyone learns.....homeowners and pros. It's a "thing of beauty".
@ May 21, 2013 10:04 PM in TT110 Trimax control questionNot an especially hard fix, but while you're at it, get that scoop piped correctly by extending the pipe before the elbow.
@ May 20, 2013 8:44 PM in I have noticed more and more shotty workDoes that mean that you don't encourage your guys to "Think Outside The Box"? Just kiddin', I think it's great that you take the time to set the bar high. Have some nice name tags made, that include your company name, as well as their name. The next time they laugh at your box, hand each of them his tag, and tell them you want these proudly displayed on every install. They'll understand better.
@ May 19, 2013 1:12 PM in Gas Boiler Pump and Zone LocationsI didn't see that loop on the primary, and I don't know how it works like it is set up.
@ May 19, 2013 12:09 PM in Gas Boiler Pump and Zone Locationsthose zone circs are pumping down, then the primary is pumping away from the boiler, and circulation through the boiler is not backwards. Not ideal, but not the end of the world "as we know it".
@ May 19, 2013 10:09 AM in Gas Boiler Pump and Zone LocationsIt seems as though ugly and wrong usually go together. That installation reflects a lack of pride, and ignorance. You could spend an hour with a 12 year old, going over the I&O, and at the end of that hour, he would have a better understanding of what had to be done, than this installer had. No offense, but it's sad, and it's too common.
@ May 18, 2013 8:52 PM in is it a problem connecting a larger gas pipe to a smaller gas pipe?I misused the term STATIC, as it does not apply to gas. I used it meaning pressure in its unused state. Which is why I stated it meant absolutely nothing as it related to pipe size.
@ May 18, 2013 2:00 PM in is it a problem connecting a larger gas pipe to a smaller gas pipe?It will have larger volume, with the same STATIC pressure. Which means absolutely nothing.
@ May 15, 2013 9:59 PM in 20+lb garbage disposal in large SS sink?Two drains? The dishwasher drains into the disposal, by way of an air gap. You don't need the tail-piece adaptor for the dishwasher.