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Last Post on August 27, 2014

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Smart control, dumb control

@ August 27, 2014 8:43 PM in Short Cycle on start

I replace them with the Reto-fit "Z" control kits. It is the old school aquastat for Boilermates. Too many revisions on the Smart controls, and still not a long lasting part


@ August 27, 2014 8:39 PM in oil burner replacement

3 pass way to go. I prefer Pensotti with Riello, but that is just me

I will echo

@ August 27, 2014 8:38 PM in Weil Mclain Burner to Beckett Burner

what has been said. QB was a great burner. They only went out of production due to a manufacture loss. I have them out there no problems. If replacement was a necessity, I would go Carlin EZ-1, and make sure it is running rear flue. Chances are, it is as Frank said, not a cad cell problem, it's more likely a tech problem.  Good luck

is it a Blue Ray burner?

@ August 11, 2014 8:11 PM in Sooty flue exhaust

If so, it needs to go

this pic

@ August 11, 2014 8:10 PM in Oil fired flue without barometric damper?

was from a couple of years ago? There was a thread like this back then

done with taco 400

@ August 11, 2014 8:06 PM in Please Help - Leaking Hy Vent

after too many leakers, and closing the cap does not get the customer thru the night anymore, I have gone to Amtrol 700 with good results so far. They changed manufactures, and they don't have a clue how to build them evidently 

Sorry Frank

@ July 12, 2014 9:43 PM in Anyone else getting unwanted calls from Angie's List?

I gave them your #   :)

ditto Frank

@ July 12, 2014 9:42 PM in What is the name of this oil tank filling fitting?

If it is no longer an oil fired unit in there, have that fill, vent, and possibly the tank removed. The ones running around doing conversions, and not following thru with the legal removal of the old tanks and piping should be held accountable, and hung, not the poor person that made an honest mistake, and filled the tank/basement

July 4th

@ July 4, 2014 8:09 AM in July 4th

to all, enjoy this day, unless you are preparing for, or trying o survive Arthur's punch. Here on the Cape, we will feel some of his wrath. Enjoy with family and friends

best to first

@ July 4, 2014 8:03 AM in Can this boiler leak be fixed? (homeowner w/ pictures)

just have a pro look at it. Looks like a leaking section from the pic. Most of the damage is above it, and looks to be a small hole there. Might be more than just a coil plate gasket leaking there. Good luck


@ June 28, 2014 10:12 AM in Fire o' matic valves

I  go with a positive shut off, first in line, at the tank. Either a ball or gate valve, then the inline fireomatic, then filter. Thankfully inspectors around here also dabbled in the oil delivery and service end, so they can also see the benefit of safety devices


@ June 28, 2014 10:06 AM in Problem with Oil Fired swimming pool heater

If there is actually 17" vacuum, I would say you don't have an air leak. More or a line that is kinked, plugged, or undersized. How far down is this tank? 12 feet lift, unless the boiler is above ground level, don't seem right. That is a long run, but the lift is actually more of a culprit in most cases. installing the 2 stage pump won't help here. Was the pump a clean-cut, or does it have a solenoid? I agree with Rob on a long pre-purge. Sounds like the tank settled, and the line underground pinched

Test the water

@ June 21, 2014 5:03 PM in Can anyone identify this Honeywell Control?

I have seen gauges that were also off a lot. Make sure you troubleshoot them both

Retired Ice

@ June 21, 2014 5:01 PM in Can Anyone Identify this Honeywell Control?

If so, best wishes

best advice

@ June 21, 2014 5:00 PM in Fire o' matic valves

 would be to use them. Better  to hold your installs, repairs to higher standards than code dictates. They are code here in Mass-at the tank and burner. It also make sense

Thank you Charlie

@ June 20, 2014 10:10 PM in Some days I get a little burnt out

In this dog eat dog trade, praise of any kind goes a long way

not a problem Ice

@ June 20, 2014 10:06 PM in Can anyone identify this Honeywell Control?

they always ran a good 20 degrees higher due to the long capillary

Hang in there Charlie

@ June 20, 2014 6:36 PM in Some days I get a little burnt out

You are an asset to this trade. 

although there is truth to filtration Ice,

@ June 20, 2014 6:28 PM in Riello 40F15 oil Burner

those boilers had other issues regarding cold chambers, draft, etc. I bet it recycled a few times on start up, at least


@ June 20, 2014 6:25 PM in Can Anyone Identify this Honeywell Control?

Those plastic gauges did nothing on that combo Ice. The 99 FRD work a wee bit better, but was still a noisy piece of sh$$ on that boiler. If only EZ was available back in those days. I had many 100, 101, and up Carlins. They worked just OK on some units. I would take the old US Carlin over the. Early flame retention. Their version of the Shell Head, nope

can be a few things

@ June 20, 2014 2:33 PM in Riello 40F15 oil Burner

need more info. What nozzle is in there, what is the pump pressure, what are you combustion results, draft readings-breech and over fire? Start there


@ June 20, 2014 12:38 PM in Can Anyone Identify this Honeywell Control?

I agree Frank, that was, and still is a good burner, but many knew nothing about them, and screwed them up royally.  When Burnham first bought out American Standard boiler division, Wayne replace the Arcoflames. Next was ABC/Sunray, then Carlin 100 CRD, which had a different blast tube than the norm, and ran like sh$$, then Beckett took over from there. We had a lot of issues trying to get the CRD's to run on those boilers. Bad combo. How are things with you Frank? Hope all is well
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