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Last Post on August 27, 2014

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@ August 27, 2014 6:21 AM in Minnesota Radiators

Hi Frank!
Thanks for the response. I will try to get some pics posted. It basically a slenderized 5-tube. This is the second time I've ran into this brand locally. Last winter, we removed a few of this Minnesota brand radiators after a freeze up job. Must have been a local contractor that dealt with them. I'll try to post some pics. Thanks!

Minnesota Radiators

@ August 26, 2014 12:22 PM in Minnesota Radiators

Hello all!
Does anyone have any information on Minnesota brand cast iron radiators? Just had one given to me, and can't find any info.

Slant Fin Eutectic Boiler

@ February 13, 2013 10:43 PM in De Dietrich

I think that the Slant Fin Eutectic Oil Fired Boiler is manufactured by De Dietrich. Maybe you could call their Tech Support & maybe they could help you out. Let us all know how it goes.


@ January 1, 2013 9:10 AM in Weil-McLain Ultra 80 gas boiler ignition cuts out, hard lockout E02

My Favorite..

@ December 13, 2012 8:13 AM in Dear Customer,

I had to move a pile of dirty clothes that had been sitting there for about two weeks, with a nice topping of dog poop on top of the laundry, just to get at the furnace. Then I had one guy complaining that the igniters on his HE-II boiler kept going out, but apparently he didn't make the connection with the cat box (i.e., lots of cat hair all around), and a dryer with no vent whatsoever in the same room as the boiler had anything to do with this. "This boiler must be a lemon!"'s the equipment's fault 100%.
Explain to the homeowner to clean up the area to prevent it from happening again, but you might as well be talking to a brick wall.

RUUD Furnace

@ December 11, 2012 5:34 PM in RUUD hvac

The last two contractors I worked for before I started my new job were both RUUD
dealers. So I've installed & serviced lots of RUUD furnaces. Very reliable unit. Period. I'm sure that there will be differences of opinion posted soon. As long as the installers follow the installation instructions, you should have no reasonable problems with your new furnace. Direct spark ignition set up is very reliable. Good luck with your new furnace, whatever you purchase.

Darn! I wish I was down there!

@ October 9, 2012 3:20 PM in Any steam guys in Milwaukee?

I'm in Marquette,MI. I wish that I was in your area! Maybe you could post some pics in the near future. Is this one pipe or two pipe?


@ September 9, 2012 12:03 PM in What happened to GAMA?

Thank you, gentleman! I was unaware of that.

What happened to GAMA?

@ September 8, 2012 7:54 AM in What happened to GAMA?

Does anybody know what happened to GAMA? I've tried their website, but nothing comes up. I wanted to see if there was a new IBR Guide.  Thanks in advance!

Marital Disconnection

@ March 14, 2012 9:18 PM in Thanks to Dan!

So, as I am telling my wife when I got back last night after the trip, about what a great time we had. Telling her that it was a great class, and that I got to finally meet "THE Dan Holohan" , and that he signed my book, etc. My wife replies, " I'm glad that you had a good time at your class thingy, but.. Who's this Dan Holohan, you keep talking about?" Gotta love it!  Sometimes.. the wives just don't understand!

Thanks to Dan!

@ March 13, 2012 9:09 PM in Thanks to Dan!

I would just like to say thanks to Dan, and Northeast Wisconsin's  ASHRAE chapter for today's "Classic Hydronics" seminar at St. Norbert's college in De Pere, WI.
It was my first "in person" seminar with Dan, and it was very informative, and very entertaining. Thanks again, Dan for a great day!
Ross Christensen

Spence Pressure Reducing station

@ February 24, 2012 9:52 AM in See anything strange about this picture?

The main PRV is installed upside down for one thing, and either the gauge is bad, or the station is blowing right through. Good Luck!

Boiler Piping Pics

@ January 11, 2012 7:40 AM in Residential steam boiler

Can you post some pics of this system? That would help out tremendously


@ January 9, 2012 3:06 PM in Vintage beauty

Small world! I work here at NMU in Marquette with our 85# central steam plant with pressure reducing stations. Not as fun as when I used to work on the old antiquated, steam systems, around Mqt. County. I still get calls from some local contractors, when they have a question, or a problem. What was your Gram's last name? I work with an electrician here at the shop, that has a lot of family up by Skanee & L'Anse.

More pictures

@ January 9, 2012 9:02 AM in Vintage beauty

Hi Motown,
Can you post some more pics of the near boiler piping? BTW, I live in the UP,
We have lots of Webster vapor systems, and an occasional Trane vapor (I've only ran into one) around Marquette. A few two-pipe air vent, and lots of one pipe systems. It always nice to see an older system still in use, that looks like it's been maintained. Thanks for the pics.


@ December 26, 2011 11:30 AM in wood pellet boiler's

I believe Harman makes one. I have not of anyone installing one yet. I also believe that Central Boiler has an outside pellet boiler. Good Luck!

UA Star Cert.

@ October 30, 2011 7:14 AM in UA Star Certification?

Hi Jim,
I took the test in October 2003, and passed it. It was a tough test. The test covered all kinds of topics. I think that it has been upstaged by the NATE testing.
I wish that the UA would market it a little more, because I think it's a great certification to receive. Initially, there was only myself & another journeyman in the local that had it. I think the local has since made it mandatory for all the apprentices to take the test before they graduate the apprenticeship. Good Luck, if you decide to take the test!

I'm not a fan of Lennox

@ April 4, 2011 6:12 AM in LENNOX

I tried ordering a fan motor & squirrel cage assembly for a Pulse furnace, and they told me that I had to set up an account with them & buy 5k worth of parts from them annually. What a joke. I ended up installing a generic, off the shelf equivalent.

Gurney Heating Co.

@ April 1, 2011 11:17 AM in Oldest Boiler Contest

Have any of you ever run into a Gurney Boiler? We have lots of Ideal Boilers that I used to run into around town, when doing service. I picked up a Gurney Heating company book from 1886, which was like a testomonial from various locations across the U.S.. There was one in there from my home town Marquette from 1887. Pretty neat stuff!


@ March 16, 2011 9:19 PM in Watts Flex Plate Graphite Heat Transfer Plates

Keep us posted, please. I would also like to hear how that perform for you. Final water temps, etc. Thanks in advance.


@ March 7, 2011 6:07 AM in Union -Pipefitter question

With us locally, commercial scale is about $28/hr. The service techs really get screwed. They pay us 85% scale rather than full scale, unless it's a high end commercial job. So, as a result no one ever wanted to be a tech. I always thought that we should have at least received scale. JMHO. I hope this helps.

Happy Birthday!

@ January 27, 2011 7:36 PM in Happy Birthday Dan Holohan!

Happy Birthday, Dan!
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