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I installed one

@ January 20, 2014 10:34 PM in Wood-oil-coal boiler ?

about 10 years ago I installed one with a large hot water storage tank. you would fire it up with wood and heat the tank and then run the water through radiant floor coils to heat the home. backup was with oil . last time I talked to him it was working well.heater was made by H.S.Tarm


@ January 3, 2014 5:53 PM in YOU NEVER REALLY KNOW

A while back I agreed upon a price with a customer for a days work installing bathroom fixtures. As I was cleaning up with my dustpan and brush , the customer said don`t worry about it I will clean up. With that he gave me a check for the agreed amount and even thanked me for my work. Before I deposited the check I received a letter from him stating that he cancelled the original check and was giving me one for $50 dollars less because he had to clean up.YOU JUST NEVER KNOW, GEORGE

csst in mexico

@ September 2, 2013 11:19 AM in CSST

I don`t know what all the worry is about using csst , a friend went to Mexico several years ago on a missionary trip and they were using clear tygon tubing and hose clamps for gas piping and Mexico is still there.

the only place i know

@ June 21, 2013 7:37 PM in Looking for 2" push nipples for cast iron radiator

Oneida County Boiler Works Inc

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611 Mortimer Street Utica,
NY 13501-3711

kickspace heaters

@ June 14, 2013 8:36 AM in Kitchen heat

I do this all the time with good results , but don`t try to put them on the same circuit as other baseboard . Separate zone only controlled by it`s own thermostat .

Floor mounted tub spout

@ May 15, 2013 6:54 PM in Floor mounted tub spout

Has anyone installed a RUBINET floor mounted tub spout. It looks like you stub up 1/2 copper and slip into O ring socket and bolt to the floor. I have no directions or spec sheet. The water is controlled by a remote electronic faucet, this all goes to a clawfoot tub. thanks

wood boiler

@ March 13, 2013 6:07 PM in unusual use for a cast iron radiator

I put in a wood boiler made by HS TARM several years ago and we used a large tank about 6 ft across with coils of copper tubing as the heat exchanger. The boiler could be fired once a week to heat the tank and then all week we used the tank to supply hot water to floor radiant heat , we even heated a large under house garage with concrete floors. It has worked very well and also is a combination oil boiler.

flux problems

@ February 23, 2013 10:44 AM in flux problems

I have been using Laco flux for 50 years ,but lately when soldering pex adapters to copper ,I have been getting leaks. I just found out at the supply house that the pex adapters are made from lead free brass and Laco flux will not work with lead free fittings . Many new brass fittings and valves are now using lead free thanks to our GOVT so be aware . Other fluxes are available for use with lead free, GEORGE

Electified Cold Water Lines

@ February 17, 2013 2:26 PM in Electified Cold Water Lines

While changing a pedestal sink in an old house ,I noticed what I thought was a ground line attached to the cold riser with a clamp. When I disconnected the line all the lights in the 2nd floor went out. Turns out they were using the cold water line as a neutral back to the basement and electric box. This was an old house with two wire electric with no ground , I think they hooked it back up when I left because they balked at my suggestion that they should call an electrician . JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE SEEN IT ALL , George

pedestal sinks

@ October 3, 2012 11:25 PM in pedestal sinks

does anyone else dislike installing these? also ran into for the first time left hand threads on whirlpool water heater thermocouple

flushmate explosions

@ June 29, 2012 4:05 PM in flushmate explosions

Has anyone had any problems with the Flusmate system , I read that there is a recall because of explosions

Replacing old oil boiler

@ April 1, 2012 10:52 AM in Replacing old oil boiler

I have an older oil fired boiler with baseboard heat and we are converting to gas. My concern is that a modern modcon boiler will not give me the higher temperatures (180 degrees ) that I need  for the baseboard to heat the house . I think that I will have to use a traditional gas boiler . Any thoughts .

Down in central pa

@ March 17, 2011 11:15 AM in "BusYness" survey - Mad Dog

I have been in the plumbing business for over 40 years and now only work by myself doing repairs and small installations. I find that people are only fixing when it breaks and do not do things they would just like to have. Many of the large plumbers in central pa have many of their trucks sitting in the lot and you know the equipment still has to be paid on time , GEORGE

Why not try gas

@ March 5, 2011 9:52 AM in oil usage

Maybe you should explore the possibility of switching to gas . I did that last year and bills are very low and the fuel is clean and always there. The gas company will usually run the gas to your home for free if it is anywher close to you , check it out , GEORGE

Why not try gas

@ March 5, 2011 9:52 AM in oil usage

Maybe you should explore the possibility of switching to gas . I did that last year and bills are very low and the fuel is clean and always there. The gas company will usually run the gas to your home for free if it is anywher close to you , check it out , GEORGE

leaking valve

@ August 24, 2010 8:43 PM in leaking pressure value

Had a pressure relief valve leaking recently and turned out to be a leak in the domestic coil putting high pressure in the boiler. just something to check if expansion tank and pressure relief valve are ok

just put in ao smith 4 months ago

@ August 24, 2010 8:38 PM in Cant Decide: A.O. Smith Gas condensing WH vs. Indirect fired w/my notsogreen boiler.

I think your friend is not  giving you  a deal, install price is a little much for a friend. My customer likes the unit and it will give all the hot water you need. I would suggest setting the water temp high and putting a mixing vale on it to get the required temp.

just a cute story

@ August 4, 2010 9:25 PM in just a cute story

One day I got a call for a leaking old Moen kitchen faucet.It really needed to  be replaced but the old (in her 80s) woman said she did not have much money and her husband was sitting in the living room dying of cancer. I worked on this faucet for 2 hours and then charged her $20 for the cartridge but I did not tell her that.Several moths later she called me for a broken faucet that would not stop  running at full force on the hot water. I was thinking while I looked at it that a new one would cost me about  $80 and that would be what I would charge her. She asked what it would cost to fix and I said about $80  and she said GET OUT OF HERE YOU THIEF, THE LAST TIME YOU ONLY CHARGED ME $20. As I left the hot water was still running .I help out a lot of people many times but sometimes I don`t think they know it,GEORGE

lavatory faucets

@ March 25, 2010 8:36 PM in Where to get faucets & such? Home Depot vs ??

Most lavatory faucets that the box stores handle have plastic pop up assemblies that frequently beak in service. My supply house buys only  faucets with brass pop up assemblies  that work well. When one of my customers supplies plastic assemblies , I usually sell them a metal assembly.

put one in my house recently

@ January 6, 2010 1:14 PM in Opinions on hot water recirculators?

I found one at costco for $180 (watts) the supply house wanted over $200. The one I put in has the pump at the heater and uses a direct return line(the best way) or a valve between the hot and cold at the farthest faucet which is what I did and it works great. No waiting for hot water anymore . George                                     


@ December 19, 2009 9:23 AM in hot water recirculation systems

Thanks for all the input; I purchased a watts recirculation system and installed it in my home last week and it works great . Again , thanks GEORGE

hot water recirculation systems

@ December 8, 2009 4:16 PM in hot water recirculation systems

--I would like some recommendations for home hot water  recirculation systems, george
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