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@ April 20, 2014 11:00 AM in Mass Regs for Oil Line Protection - Does innerduct count?

as long as the copper is not in direct contact with cement or earth, you are good. Get a Form 1A for compliance


@ March 9, 2014 7:13 PM in intermittent lockouts

you gotta just shake your head and laugh. Funny story Ice. Locking caps are also a big plus in situations like that, especially when there is a garden hose that hangs close by. Been there done that with feuding neighbors some years back. After 2 tank fulls of water, locking scully it was

it is possible,but

@ March 9, 2014 12:01 PM in intermittent lockouts

with that control, after 1 recycle due to flame failure, it would latch up. He would also get odors with it huffin and puffin. Chances are the line needs to be blown or replaced. Sounds like they do as little as possible to eliminate the problem

very well said Johnny

@ March 9, 2014 9:43 AM in Beating a dead horse.

No manufacture is exempt from product failure, it is how they deal with and improve is what separates them from the rest. I am among those that want to see a unit be capable of performing for 20 years.I like getting my money's worth out of something, and don't take part in the throw away mind set of today's society. I am a true Yankee. Things should be made to last, and preferably made right here


@ March 9, 2014 9:33 AM in intermittent lockouts

after re-reading your posts, this is work for a pro. The techs should not be telling you to do your own work, especially with high voltage. I don't think it is starving for oil with the 2 units, you would have to prime the burner manually. What are the combustion test readings? Do they use or know what analyzer is?

first thing

@ March 9, 2014 9:25 AM in intermittent lockouts

If the unit is only 2 years old, many of the parts are still under warranty. You may be paying labor, but don't get stuck paying for defective parts. I would also consider someone more experienced? Today's equipment is much easier to troubleshoot and repair. This shouldn't be a season long trial and error process. What burner is on the unit? I wouldn't consider replacing the burner, especially at your expense, when it may not be warranted. I would also start a new thread here for your feedback. It might help to get more feedback.

looks like

@ March 9, 2014 9:16 AM in Sporadic Vac Readings

installer actually either read instructions, or attended classes by Roth. Technically one is supposed to be Roth certified to instal their products. Seeing a lot of installs out there, many are not. I personally do not instal, or like the filter where it is. One is potential air leaks, two is trying to replace it and working all the surrounding fittings loose while doing so. Instal it at the burner with black iron fittings

I would

@ March 9, 2014 9:10 AM in Wait on Liner?

do them both now. That is an RS111 boiler that you have now? Replaceable chamber if need be, until you make a decision.

I have also

@ March 9, 2014 9:05 AM in Cleaning a boiler.

seen little to no difference in readings, other than breech draft readings, and that is regulated for over fire. I have customers that request all times of the year, but I have preferred spring or fall

first thing I see

@ March 9, 2014 8:43 AM in Is this fixable?

if your diagram is correct, the relief valve shoud be on the boiler, and not the heat supply, especially where you can isolate it from the boiler by closing supply and return valves. Seems like what others have said, you have bad or open flow checks. Pics would be better 

something tells me

@ March 1, 2014 10:18 PM in changing a garber filter

That you have a 2 pipe system. That is the only reason for the high vacuum readings, or you have a supply problem. Your oil level shouldn't be effecting your readings to that extreme. 

No doubt Rob

@ March 1, 2014 9:59 AM in Beating a dead horse.

only if


@ March 1, 2014 7:04 AM in Beating a dead horse.

boiler sales. They don't profit from conversion burners

sounds like

@ March 1, 2014 7:03 AM in coal furnace burning out in back

you are banking the coal. It needs to be even, and tended too frequently. It is not a set it and forget it process. It is also a dirty means of heating. Hung up my coal shovel years back

replace complete circ

@ March 1, 2014 6:56 AM in Taco pump is "clicking"

The cost of a cartridge compared to the whole circulator, it is not worth just replacing the cartridge anymore. I would also look into a Wilo instead. They don't last like they used to

He's stumped?

@ February 26, 2014 10:14 PM in Furnace will run 3 cycles then shut off! Help!

It would be cheaper to hire a pro. Parts are not cheap-controls, etc. Nozzles, filers, and tune-up parts are a wise investment, but electrical parts are not returnable. Best not to purchase parts for means of troubleshooting. Some Fan/timer boards can also cause this, depending on your furnace brand/model. Best of luck to you. It is hard to steer you to an exact cause without much more info

We all had to start somewhere

@ February 26, 2014 10:08 PM in Could this be Steam Boiler or the Oil Burner's problem?

No doubt he is a scrapper, but if he can not resolve your issue, you need to look elsewhere

could be many things

@ February 26, 2014 9:24 PM in Furnace will run 3 cycles then shut off! Help!

much more info is needed, but mainly you should get a tech to test rather than purchase parts that you don't need. It could be a bad motor, fuel pump, plugged strainer, worn coupling, bad fuel solenoid, bad electrodes, transformer/ignitor, shorting cad cell wiring, bad adjustments, etc, etc, etc. 

oil supply valve

@ February 26, 2014 9:15 PM in Could this be Steam Boiler or the Oil Burner's problem?

should be fully open. The nozzle will regulate from there. This would be a thread for the oil section. Many causes for this problem. I would try to find a more seasoned tech. You will end up paying for the nice young man's education. What has he tested/troubleshot? 

Ice is thinking

@ February 25, 2014 6:46 PM in New burner for oil fired Weil McClain steam boiller

of the old Wayne/Abc burners they used back in the day. This is not that burner Ice, these are good units. I have been all through the early retention head failures. Good thing we could braze them in the shop. Like the "A" style Carlin, the tack welds would give way, and fall in the chamber

Blue Angel

@ February 25, 2014 6:39 PM in New burner for oil fired Weil McClain steam boiller

They were nothing but a Carlin in ways. As Frank said, good burner when set up right. Looks like the transformer's tar is leaking. I will also echo time for a new service company, probably not a new boiler


@ February 23, 2014 5:00 PM in Cleaning a boiler.

What boiler make/model do you have? 
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