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Last Post on September 16, 2014

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Important "MUST"

@ September 6, 2014 9:44 AM in New Natural Gas Service in 6 - 8 weeks

The boiler "MUST" be installed to factory specification per the I&O manual. That one fact provides you with some power. Avoid contractors that give you the "fast shuffle". They'll claim, they really don't have time to discuss the details with you. They are too busy installing your system properly. The opposite is probably true. They'll leave you with a hacked up mess, and an unopened I&O manual packet.

Seen it

@ September 5, 2014 6:02 PM in Unbalanced Steam System?????????

There's been pictures of systems posted here, that shouldn't work at all, and yet the homeowners claim they run flawlessly.  When there is a problem, there's no alternative but to go by the book.Proper piping, proper pressure, and proper venting are all required. Your piping and pressure are incorrect.Your venting can't be checked properly until you fix the other two things.

There's Another!

@ September 5, 2014 12:39 PM in PVC Venting on boilers again!

What would you consider acceptable losses? "Mr. Smith, were you aware that there were safer alternatives to using pvc for venting,asked the lawyer?" Please confine your answers to yes, or no. See how this works?


@ September 5, 2014 12:10 PM in PVC Venting on boilers again!

The comparison is , dead-on. You see, yours is flawed, in that you are forcing the homeowners to drive the car 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Ask for an auto insurance quote, under those guidelines.


@ September 5, 2014 11:19 AM in PVC Venting on boilers again!

People eat sashimi made from pufferfish , all the time. MOST, don't die. Are you comforted by that fact? The emperor of Japan is forbidden from eating it. I'll pass.

Piping No-No

@ September 4, 2014 10:13 PM in Unbalanced Steam System?????????

There should be 4 risers coming off the header.Teeing into the center of mains is not the way to do it.


@ September 2, 2014 9:26 PM in No hot water after pilot out on boiler

Maybe an end switch on the zone valve is not being made. Look at the power head on the zone valve. There is probably a manual bypass on the powerhead.

Can't make it out

@ September 2, 2014 4:51 PM in What do you see wrong with this set up?

Is there a backflow preventer?


@ September 2, 2014 12:39 PM in No hot water after pilot out on boiler

Is it a zone valve system, or circulators? In other words, circs for each zone, or one circ and zone valves for each zone?


@ September 2, 2014 10:52 AM in Oil to gas

There are many considerations. First and foremost , should be the end user. It's a multi zone, fin-tube system with at least 2 different curves. Then there is the issue of not setting back at night. What are his expectations? There's no sense in beating a square peg into a round hole.


@ September 1, 2014 10:51 PM in Oil to gas

I think they only pay thousands in Fairfield County, and maybe Beverly Hills.


@ August 31, 2014 9:43 PM in Weil Mclain ECO 155 gas piping design question

It has come so far since the old days of " sticking a big boiler in a house". Doing it wrong, you might as well stand next to the boiler and burn dollar bills, one after another. There's plenty of time to do it the right way.

Pipe Sizing

@ August 31, 2014 9:31 PM in I don't have 18"

One inch is fine for 4-9 gpm. A spiro-vent has none of those piping restrictions.


@ August 29, 2014 10:16 PM in Unbalanced Steam System?????????

Does each main have its own riser from the boiler header? Is that 70* first floor temperature an accurate representation of the whole floor, or just the room where the thermostat is placed?


@ August 29, 2014 9:51 PM in Oil to gas

If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't install a mod/con in my folks house. There are issues with a lot of folks getting use to the type of heat a mod/con produces. When properly set up, they heat the house perfectly, but older folks are use to cranking the heat to chase away a chill. The homeowner should be a little tech savvy, as they need to be involved dialing in the process of a mod/con. It all boils down to your father.

Not Behind

@ May 8, 2014 11:58 AM in So far behind......

You need to change the way you look at your situation. The boilers will be installed before they are needed. That is the promise you make to the customers waiting,not a date or hour. Stop adding pressure to a stressful situation. Don't de-value your services by working weekends. You need that downtime to recharge. On Saturdays, you and your wife get a massage, play with the kids, go fishing, whatever.Sundays are for family dinners, church, picnics, and anything but work. Life will pass you by, and the older you get the faster it goes. Don't miss out on the things that make it special.


@ April 18, 2014 12:36 PM in Painting Cast Iron Baseboard Radiator – Baseray/Governale

The manufacturer recommends oil over latex primer? I'm not a painter, but that sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. I was told, long ago, that the oil would eat up the water-base.


@ April 14, 2014 9:55 AM in Two Circs - TT Prestige Excellence

Check figure 21, page 31 of the boiler manual. The 2 CH zones are for 2 seperate reset curves. For instance, one baseboard- high temp, and one radiant floor- low temp. In their attemp to provide all the info., they have made it more confusing than it has to be.


@ April 13, 2014 9:02 PM in Can a Circulator Pump Past a Stopped Downstream Pump?

There might be a government grant for that one. If you could fold enough facts in to the nonsense, they'd probably go for it.


@ April 12, 2014 9:20 PM in Proper Wiring Help Needed

I think he needs a Common wire SWEI. Oh...I see what you're talking about now. There's a "C" there.

Ya Know

@ April 2, 2014 10:28 PM in Need used or cheap commercial steam boiler

Not that it matters, but no one thought to ask this gentleman what the non-profit organization was,before criticising his cause. I have trouble finding the words.....SAD is the only one that comes to mind.

Yeah George!

@ April 2, 2014 8:16 PM in Need used or cheap commercial steam boiler

Maybe you could get everyone in the bank drunk, before the folks from the NON-PROFIT go in to ask for the loan.
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