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tim smith

tim smith

Joined on August 19, 2004

Last Post on March 6, 2014

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@ March 6, 2014 9:29 AM in Completed boiler & chiller instal

I think in 2nd pic from top, I see a screw that is a 1/2 turn loose ;)

RE: Sprinter

@ February 14, 2014 9:05 AM in Dodge promaster van

I already own 5 Sprinters, the 2007 and forward v6 diesels have been problematic for me, especially the emmisions system. Look up DPC problems, leaf spring problem. ESP codes, etc etc. Check out sprinter user forum. Not going back to them after my latest expenses for repair.  RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Re: some questions

@ February 2, 2014 4:15 PM in Dodge promaster van

 Tom, they said the diesel comes this summer. I am sure the front wheel drive will be a plus for snow country.  I plan on driving one soon.

Dodge promaster van

@ February 1, 2014 12:25 PM in Dodge promaster van

Anyone bought one of these yet. I am intrigued as to the loaded mpg of the gas one? Any input or reviews helpful

Service ledger dispatch software

@ January 16, 2014 1:06 PM in Service ledger dispatch software

anyone using Service ledger dispatch software with either peachtree accounting or quick books.

Re: high useage and overshooting

@ December 5, 2013 9:34 AM in Radiant Letdown

my best guess from the pics and the description is the boiler short cycles like mad due to no pri/sec piping and or buffer. Also probably raining condensate down at those water temps on to burner that will also cause short cycling. Temp gets too high in slab and overshoot.  Probably could really benefit from a buffer tank and maybe mixing also but could probably oversize buffer tank and use higher temp water from boiler above 135 or so to minimize condensation. Control system water temp from buffer tank  system side with reset control on that side of buffer. Just a semi educated guess from what I could see.

Re: KBN failure

@ November 27, 2013 9:27 AM in Lochinvar Knight KBN 399 Heat Exchanger Failure

Go to WHN if you have the option.

spring checks!

@ November 27, 2013 9:21 AM in spring checks!

Hey all, long time no here. Anyone have a good pick for quality spring checks that don't get stuck? Aaaaargh. We don't normally use them on our installs but as we do service, there are a bunch of people out there who pipe where I cant use a lift check or even flo control. Also a lot of the time these are the potable type heat (cheap) systems that we try and keep running for unsuspecting people. Too bad some times but we do try to keep them warm.

Re: Radiator, Too cool

@ June 13, 2013 8:53 AM in I want one of these!

I want one to, I sink I may have to build one in my spare time! Ha

Re: John from Gateway

@ June 11, 2013 9:20 AM in Sandy still haunts my home!

 John, it is nice to hear a good outcome to a not so good problem. These days all of us get so caught up in doing business that we can't always get to these small problems, i.e. PITA.  They are not so small to customers but they tend to be a nagging thorn to many of us. We try our best to fix things for clients who have had less than ideal installs by others, I know there are many reasons that it may happen but in the end I still enjoy a happy customer.  Kudos to you John for helping this lady out.  Tim

Paul, response to question

@ May 22, 2013 8:28 AM in Inspections needed on condensing boilers!

That is just our neutralizer assembly we fill with stone. There is a drain off the end of cap of that to a sanitary drain!   That tee is not part of any sanitary drain system. We put like 2# of dolomite limestone in the fitting we make. Works great. The plug on end is to clean it out. It is about 14" long, cap on one end cleanout plug on other. We drill and tap the cap end and thread in 3/4 pvc adapter then run to drain. There are 2 firetube boilers going into this assembly

Mark, re annual inspect

@ May 21, 2013 9:01 PM in Inspections needed on condensing boilers!

This is just over 2 yrs old and service annually by us, trap taken off and cleaned and tightened back on. Needs retainer!!!!  I am going to make some for the 60 or so we have out there that we service annually. I agree that the heat and cool down expansion probably caused this. This boiler runs it's you know what off, does pool and heating.

RE: washers seals

@ May 21, 2013 7:34 PM in Inspections needed on condensing boilers!

All in place in correct order. I have brought up to the major mfrs of this design boiler the idea of a built in retainer cable or pin to hold trap in place.  ? how do you trap it if you hard pipe it?

Inspections needed on condensing boilers!

@ May 21, 2013 4:14 PM in Inspections needed on condensing boilers!

See attached pic, I had brought this up to a couple of the mfrs that I was concerned about this happening. Found this one today while looking over some other work customer wanted done. Smelled gas in boiler room, go figure. Ps, this is a 285 wall mount, union was tight on trap also. They need to have retainer pin or cable to keep this from happening.

Hey all, looking for old cast iron feet supports

@ May 14, 2013 7:56 PM in Hey all, looking for old cast iron feet supports

Can't remember the name of the old cast iron fluted cups they use to use to raise up radiator heights. Really could use 4 of them, price not too important  if anyone has any or at least what name to find them under. For the life of me I cannot find any online. Thanks in advance, Tim

Re: copper pipe corroding

@ May 10, 2013 9:26 AM in Copper pipe pitting

I have done a bit of research on this and have found many times it was flux sitting in the bottom of the arc of the pipe and eating through the copper along straight runs of pipe. If the pin hole is right near an elbow in a recirc line then most the time it is velocity in the line and turbulence causing a was out more than likely due to poor reaming practice. Rarely is it electrolysis as many people would state back years ago I feel. Just my thoughts on the subject. 

Re: boiler choice

@ May 9, 2013 7:38 PM in Time to choose a boiler

Go with Triangle tube PT boiler. Great stainless vertical firetube condensing boiler, also you can drive to the factory in Blackwood NJ if something goes wrong :) .  The Lochinvar WHN boiler is very similar, basically the same heat exchanger design with their own control. Triangle was the first in this size range of boiler that had the vertical firetube and has been a great performer. have over 60 of them installed over last 7 yrs and very happy overall. Not to say nothing ever fails on them but overall solid.

Re: upgrades etc

@ May 8, 2013 8:45 AM in 1961 KEWANEE BOILER CONTROL UPGRADE

You might want to check on their annual useage for entire bldg and see if there is any energy efficiency grant money available from your utility. You might be able to make a case for a new High efficiency condensing boiler, maybe a Triangle Tube PT399 or Lochinvar WHN399 if that will meet the building load which I think it is very close to being able to. I usually see a 25% reduction in fuel bills when going from older firetube boiler to condensing. Just a thought? You could probably leave old boiler in place for now to keep cost down to help justify the change out.  

Re CBs and efficiency etc

@ May 8, 2013 8:15 AM in Power Gas Conversion Burners

We have done 100s of CBs over the years since the 1960s. Generally our combustion efficiency will be in excess of 78% and many times over 80. Old pot belly boilers, firetubes, cast iron sectionals etc. Reality is the thermal efficiency is probably only 70% on these pre 1970s boilers.  On modern day boilers we do check with the mfr to see if there has been any testing with gas guns. If not we tend to shy away due to liability. We still repair e20s, ds 20s, ds22s, F400s and 800s. Parts have become scarce for the old Economites but we come up with replacement boards through Robertshaw. Always a challenge these days although with mfr support having gone away on the old burners.  Just my .02 worth on this subject.  Tim

Re: installers and supplier

@ May 6, 2013 5:30 PM in Suggestions for frustrated and confused homeowner

Call this ph # (604) 903-4050
  in north Vancouver.  They are the local Triangle Tube distributor. Ask them who they feel are the most reputable installers in Vancouver. Tell them a little of your saga and I am sure they can help. We are big fans of Triangle tube here in Seattle. Been installing them for 7 years and have take some jobs out that are not much prettier than yours and turned them into a nice boiler room that actually works. Good luck. Tim

Re: your project and sharing

@ April 28, 2013 11:07 AM in A Steam Odyssey (Part 2): Midco Low-NOx Burner

Mark, this project is just too cool. I really appreciate your time in this and the sharing of your process and the results you are getting. If I had the time I would be a mad scientist all the time rather than just when the circumstances allow it.  Kudos to you and also thanks to Midco for this design and their involvement.   Ps, I would lose the blanket with this burner design as you should not see any impingement. Will be interested is if you see any stack temp drop if you do so. 
 The other boiler I would love to see this tried on is the Mega steam from Burnham, I know Steamhead would like that too.  Thanks again. Tim

Re: pics etc

@ April 26, 2013 9:11 AM in A Steam Odyssey: Midco Low-NOx Burner Oil to Gas Conversion Project

Nice looking repipe, also like your uss Enterprise control panel, the only thing missing is a interstellar out of phase gyroscope. Velly special.   Btw, I had talked to Midc about using that burner in some of our boilers and or new a few months ago. I am looking forward to hear the outcome. Good show.  Tim
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