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Last Post on December 4, 2013
@ December 4, 2013 8:32 AM in Thoughts on dense packing plaster walls?It's more important (I think) to find and plug any points of air infiltration than to throw lots of money at insulation. Even small drafts can account for some serious heat loss.
When I moved into my present house (1950's cape) the kitchen was uncomfortably cold in winter. I thought sub floor radiant heating would be the fix as the amount of baseboard seemed insufficient. I was wrong. The problem was fixed by installing a new weather seal on a sliding door. $$$$ saved. Plug any leaks first. My two zloty.
@ December 3, 2013 9:30 AM in Thoughts on dense packing plaster walls?For your reading pleasure. Tons of info here:
@ October 29, 2013 9:23 AM in The Blessed Technology of Fracking . . .I don't have 100% confidence in any industry as large as energy exploration/production. After all, they are trying to produce an affordable product with the greatest profit margin. I don't think that we should endanger our water resources for the sake of being a net exporter of natural gas.
The Oil Industry has been guilty of some monumental failures, with the inevitable round of finger pointing after the fact. Entire fishing industries have been all but wiped out due to spills in our oceans and waterways. Once the pollution happens, there is no going back.
If the world is awash in natural gas, where is the incentive to become more energy efficient?
@ October 11, 2013 12:10 PM in Loud snap when furnace turns on and offI had a water heater that made a similar sound. It was the gas valve opening and closing.
@ October 9, 2013 3:18 PM in Mass of water and short-cyclingDepending on the outside temperature and a 70*F indoor target, the boiler will cycle ~ 3 minutes on 5 or 10 minutes off, sometimes a bit more or less.
The exhaust(stack) temperature, as measured with an accurate dial thermometer, rarely exceeds 220*F. This is measured at the outlet of the firebox.
Maybe I need to leave a few windows open to increase the run time.
@ October 9, 2013 2:20 PM in Mass of water and short-cyclingAlso, this is a cast iron, atmospheric boiler, not a mod/con. I added a Tekmar 256 with outdoor reset a couple of years ago. It made a small difference in the short cycling, nothing to write home about.
@ October 9, 2013 1:54 PM in Mass of water and short-cyclingIt's a one zone, diverter T system. I should have said water from the get go. The additional storage would only act to park BTU's. Like adding a big, fat pipe between the boiler and the radiation.
@ October 9, 2013 11:36 AM in Mass of water and short-cyclingOne of these days I'm going to surprise myself and actually remember to save my posts. Maybe today is the day. Sorry, I've asked this question before. Forgive me.
Having said that, Would adding more water mass to a system with an oversized boiler have any effect on short-cycling? I'm not talking about a buffer tank in the traditional sense, but picture a storage tank in series with the boiler and radiation.
@ September 17, 2013 8:51 AM in Should I switch to gas ?Two men, four hours, blower door test for $99.00? Where can get that kind of a deal? Around here (Long Island) I can hardly get someone to return a phone call from an insulation company. Hook me up!
@ September 17, 2013 8:14 AM in When to turn on the heating'She who must be obeyed' lets me know when the heat is to be turned on.Should be any day now.
@ September 10, 2013 8:23 AM in High efficiency gas boilersGordy wrote:
"Why should I spend the extra money for a higher efficiency boiler that comes with higher installation costs, and costs more to maintain? Even if your your ROI is break even people have to think past what is in it for me, and instead think about what is in it for everyone. That is lowering each homes carbon foot print, and fuel consumption. What may seem like small savings in fuel with one boiler adds up to a lot when you think about all the heating systems out there collectively. It boils down to future generations having an atmosphere, and a fuel to keep warm in the future. Europe is on this page why can't North America be also."
Finally, sombody saw the big picture! Yes you will save some money on fuel and hopefully break even on the equipment costs. You will also do something pro-active about reducing your carbon footprint.
Good for you Gordy. Lori, there is sage advice to be had from these intelligent and generous people. Ask more questions and find yourself the most informed heating person in your area.
@ August 20, 2013 11:54 AM in MarketingIt had to be almost 30 years ago,but I'll never forget it. I saw a plumbers' van pass me on the street in Hempstead, L.I. There was a clutch of playing cards painted on the side of the truck with the caption: A straight flush beats a full house every time!
@ August 20, 2013 9:39 AM in W/M GV-90+I agree that nothing can beat a properly designed and installed mod/con.
Looking at the I/O manual, it shows that the GV-90+3 and 4 can be installed without P/S piping while the larger 5 and 6 need to be installed P/S. Diverter T systems may or may not work with the provided system pump.
Also, outdoor reset is offered as a plug and play option provide that the boiler temp not go below 140*F.
I don't work for W/M and have no financial interest. It just looked to me as a possible alternative to a full-on mod/con system.
@ August 19, 2013 9:24 AM in W/M GV-90+Hi All,
Came across this Weil-Mclain product. Seems to be a cast iron/stainless steel hybrid, high eff.(91+) boiler. Any experiance with this?
@ August 15, 2013 9:10 AM in Power Plant PicsIt would be a great place to film a science fiction movie. Or turn it into a steam-punk dance club.
@ August 8, 2013 9:40 AM in How is businessI find this a fascinating topic because it explores so much more than 'why didn't I get that job'? I was working for my family many years ago in a field unrelated to heating but the issues with customer relations were much the same.
My father was a craftsman of the highest order, trained in Germany and came to the U.S. with two children in tow and me on the way. He worked crazy hours to establish himself and somehow feed,clothe and put a roof over our heads.
He was always busy. Many times he had to turn down jobs because there weren't enough hours in the day to accommodate everyone. It seemed he was on his way to retire comfortably at a relatively young age. It didn't happen quite that way. He fell prey to his own fears. The worst of which was the fear of not keeping the customers, decorators (who ripped him off royally),and architects happy with his prices. Always too low.
This kind of distorted thinking cost him his family, health, and ultimately his lively-hood. I worked for him for over a decade and watched as the income slowly ebbed away. Very sad.
Anyway, all I can contribute to this discussion is to be the best you can and strive to be better. Draw the line between getting the job at any cost and getting paid what your worth. You know you're good at what you do, get compensated properly.
Offer something the other guys don't or won't. Feel good about walking away from a potential headache. It takes practice,but once mastered, elevates you.
@ August 6, 2013 9:22 AM in Why many plumbers don't do drains.......I made the mistake of reading this while having breakfast. GAG!!
Artery and sewer clogging.A pint of Shandy to the brave soul(s) who removed this horror.
@ March 21, 2013 8:54 AM in Standing pilot appliances........I guess I should have worded my question differently. Are residential ,standing pilot water heaters still available?
@ March 20, 2013 3:36 PM in Standing pilot appliances........Is there any legislation concerning the discontinuation of standing pilot gas appliances?
@ March 8, 2013 10:20 AM in For your entertainment...It's all part of lifes' rich tapestry....
@ January 17, 2013 4:31 PM in Upgrade of brand new heating system in Long Island, NYHi GRod,
I don't have any credentials regarding heating, I'm just a home owner (on L.I.)
If it were me, I'd use the system as is for a couple of years and keep track of your gas usage. As has been suggested, do a heat loss for the house to see what you actually need as far as b.t.u.'s. You could hire some one with the equipment to evaluate how well insulated and air tight the house really is. You may be surprised to find areas that are under insulated. Air infiltration is as bad as not enough insulation.
I'm not familiar with the model boiler you will have, but, unless the installer really knew how to size it, it's probably too big for your needs. Than again, it has to produce your potable hot water as well. Too big a boiler will cause short cycling and possible reduced appliance life.
Definately consider adding outdoor reset. Depending on the model, you may be able to reduce the temperature of the water flowing through the baseboards. As it is now, the boiler is probably circulating 180-200 degree water.
A mod-con boiler is a nice thing to have, provided it's installed by a concientious professional. Prepare for sticker shock when you get the estimates. Don't get me wrong, I'd have one if I could swing the cost. When my present atmospheric boiler coughs, I'm going mod-con. If you have the scratch to spend, by all means go for it.
I the mean time, educate yourself. Read past posts of those who asked these same questions.
Good luck, Roland