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@ March 5, 2009 9:22 PM in boiler piped backwards

I would also check the boiler sizing. This is a 5 section boiler. This thing could also be overkill. I have some homes less than 2000 SF with 8 zones. Like electric heat, every room has it's own zone, even the bathrooms. go figure. I know exactly where you are coming from with the economy. I run a full service oil company. I see both fuel/eqipment. Good luck. peace

@ March 5, 2009 9:15 PM in boiler piped backwards

It sounds like this is a cold start boiler? how's the circulators wired in? Correcting the piping would be better for the boiler i feel, but I don't think there will be any savings by doing it. I'm surprise that pulling cold water down hasn't ruined the "O" rings. If it has to maintain temp because of circs not wired right, a panel relay would be a savings. maintain abou 110 degrees, 180 when the zones call for heat. Maybe an indirect will save them the utility that heats their hot water? peace

@ March 5, 2009 7:32 PM in boiler piped backwards

I'd start from scratch, along with the boiler. The 66 series is from the seveties and wasn't much of a boiler then or now. Probably still has the old ABC or Wayne that came on those. Very early Attempts at flame retention. If they are looking to save, but not go overboard, Weil Gold series, indirect, Honeywell z/v's, Carlin EZ-1, set up as rear flue. If not than triple pass,indiect, ODR. peace


@ March 5, 2009 7:23 PM in High Winds & Updraft problem with Lennox gas boiler

I'm not a gas man, oil is my trade, but who installed this thing? And why hasn't Lennox or someone looked more closely at your situation? I'd hate to see another gas exspolsion. If this is a true high effidiency, why is it piped into a chimney, and not vented PVC? If you had oil heat, you'd have service and resolutions. That won't go over well lol. peace

Amen Bob

@ March 5, 2009 7:02 PM in Pipe sweating techniques

less is more

@ March 5, 2009 7:01 PM in Pipe sweating techniques

just my last 2 cents on this, less is more. Have you ever picked solder out of a cartrige circ., or found it somewhere in the system like Taco z/v seats? the more solder you feed into a joint, the more it will take. Still like the old school way- copper/solder. peace


@ March 5, 2009 6:52 PM in Pipe sweating techniques

Tip-sand only the depth of the joint you are soldering, very little flux. solder will follw where the acid do go, and dry rag to wipe solder. I only use Silverbrite 95/5. I wouldn't know what to do with 50/50 now if you paid me, which you can still use on heating pipes only. peace

Flow check

@ March 5, 2009 6:44 PM in flow checks leaking through

Is there an hivent, auto bleeder somewhere in that zone? Exspansion tank not on that zone piping? Switching relay welding? Any work been done to the system before this was an issue? How is the circulator manifold set up on the return? Pump away circs will not solve this. Does this zone disappear into a crawl space or cement floor? a leak some where can also cause this besides pressure/temp. Take some pics for us. peace


@ March 5, 2009 6:33 PM in OIL FIRED DRAFT PROBLEM

Dan, I'm assuming thats a negative draft? readings between chimney and draft control -.05? doesn't matter as long as you are no higher than -.02 over the fire. That's the only place it matters. If you cannot get the current control to stabilize, than upsize, or add another. I don't care for stack dampers on oil fired. Been there done that with Flair years ago.. This boiler should be set up rear flue, as it is optional top/rear flue. Rear flue won't allow the air flow thru as much as top flue will. Stack temp will tell you that. peace

exspansion tank

@ March 5, 2009 6:24 PM in Expansion Tank failed - twice

Try a genuine Amtrol extrol tank. There continues to be alot of garbage knock offs out there. been thru the Ventrite, Combu, Sparco, Therm X, and so on. You might get just out of warranty with them. I've seen tanks mounted in every location and position. Never found that to have any effect on the life expectancy of a tank. Also size the tank to the system.I prefer 2 30's where a 60 might be required. Just my 2 cents. peace

crossover fills

@ March 3, 2009 6:02 PM in Pitch on oil fill pipe

Glad to hear that you are using seperate fills, vent is your choice. I personally never installed a tank crossover fill, and never will. It is code acceptable, but i can't see putting that kind of pressure on tank #1 just to fill #2. A new tank will take that for a while, but an old tank? I cringe just thinking of what could be. Blown tanks make a mess, and bad publicity. peace


@ March 2, 2009 8:15 PM in Pitch on oil fill pipe

What manifold are you refering to Greg? No doubt you can install a tank, maybe even better than sone licensed guys, but the liability will also fall on you if something fails. Conn must be very lax on things like this. Not a good thing. best of luck. peace

oil tank install

@ March 2, 2009 6:57 PM in Pitch on oil fill pipe

i don't know what state you are in Greg, but regardless I would have a professional install and pull all necessary permits. Your insurance company would prefer that i'm sure, if there are any mishaps. Here in Mass you can have up to 660 gallons, your state may not be the same? Also bypass between the tanks, you can use a common vent, seperate fill is always better than spill over type fill, and vent to be equal to or larger size in diameter, also tanks at the same height. peace

nice work

@ February 27, 2009 10:44 PM in small water boiler (Robert O'Connor/ NJ)

also looks like you taught class while you installed? what's with the desks beside it? once again, looks good to me, and I'm an oil guy. peace

@ February 19, 2009 11:26 PM in Need troubleshoot help, water not circulating to radiator.

sounds more like you are gravity feeding the zones that are heating, but it won't heat the other loop by gravity. sounds to me the cartridge is bound up in the taco. It shouldn't be that hot unless it is bound up.

system 2000

@ February 17, 2009 11:49 PM in system 2000 combustion chamber

I've been installing these boilers since 1984, and have their first model year still running in a custtomer's house. Great unit, great support, news letters for any issues out there, but the chamber, never cared for, but if you know how to work carefully, no problem. If the pork chop falls from it's position, that's the only support for the chamber. It will break, and if the back panel gets over tightened during cleaning, that will also live a short life. I started using these years ago to replace rotary boilers out there because they are so damn quiet. Can't beat that. peace
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