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Last Post on July 24, 2014

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@ July 24, 2014 5:15 PM in What did it cost in 1960?

In 65 we would do a three bed ranch with a basement for $850.00 . Triad boiler and baseboard 210º design temp 1000 btus / foot all piping below joist . One man one day , union shop. Triad baseboard had end caps screwed on and dead soft copper tails installed.
Chicago area .

Golden section

@ July 23, 2014 12:42 AM in Just wondering about oil tanks

The golden section / ratio is 1.618 to 1 or rounded 1.62 . The proportions of the end view of the 275 gal oil tank are 44/27 or 1.62 to one. The proportions of the Parthenon are the same. Coincidence ? Great minds .

No diff

@ June 25, 2014 7:27 PM in Initial target Flow Rate calculations

Eastman, not to worry. You can read the full engineering report in the attached PDF

The difference between the coefficients in the two equations is only one-half of one per cent. This deviation is easily within the limits of experimental error, and it may be concluded that the rate of heat emission is the same for water entering through the upper tapping as for water entering through the lower tapping. For this particular radiator the equation may therefore be written:

Ah, Culture

@ May 22, 2014 5:29 PM in Ah, Culture

Thanks Dan . I didn't realize how much the pipefitting trade has advanced since I retired.
I would have to substantially change my skill set (not to mention my physique) to perform today. The video is very informative especially the graphic representation of a wye.


@ April 16, 2014 1:13 AM in The dreaded Entran

I can't see what good a heat exchanger will do with cast iron radiators . It will stop the boiler from seeing the oxygen but not the radiators .


@ April 11, 2014 5:17 PM in Radiator air vent preference?

John , google "Jerry Gill Plumbing" click on videos and then heating . Jerry has lots of first rate info on his site .


@ March 29, 2014 11:12 AM in Pipe Freezing

Mike , FWIW I have done this a few times . I fabricated a cardboard box around the pipe and filled it with dry ice pellets , worked great . Once I notched a 5gal bucket to fit the pipe .
I wasn't working in such tight quarters. I was working for a large mechanical contractor at the time so if it went south the worst that could happen to me is get run off.


@ March 25, 2014 11:52 PM in Senior Trainer

Google Jerry Gill plumbing .


@ March 21, 2014 11:56 PM in Pipefitters shoulder

I'm a retired fitter, just received my 50 year pin from the UA . I hate to tell you this but they won't let you retire until you're 80% scar tissue .


@ March 2, 2014 12:59 AM in Rattling coming from baseboard heating system

It looks like your tank is screwed into the bottom port of a flow control valve . Open the valve with the manual opener and see if the rattle stops .


@ February 25, 2014 11:35 PM in How many of you carry

Which is heavier CO or air ?


@ February 19, 2014 8:30 PM in friction loss

B&G lists 5 equivalent feet for a 2" screwed 90º ell .


@ February 5, 2014 4:38 PM in Flue gas due point question

Nick and Carl , I stand corrected . Good information Nick . I worked in the mountains during the 80's on the west slope . When I moved there from Chi . I couldn't get a straight answer from anyone about altitude and btu's even the service men for RMNG . I finally got hooked up with the chief engineer for RMNG and he gave me the formulas and the base pressures for the towns on the west slope. He never mentioned WOBBE numbers . I don't think Rocky Mountain Natural Gas was that sophisticated at that time .


@ February 5, 2014 2:23 PM in Flue gas due point question

Nick, the utility company does not add air to control but content . The reduction is due only to altitude .


@ January 30, 2014 6:33 PM in All we are saying, is give grav-i-ty a chance!

Kudos, you can't beat gravity. Nice pipe work Timco .

Hydraulic separator

@ January 26, 2014 6:40 PM in does this system look right?

Steve, that doesn't look like a hydraulic separator I think it's a Rol-air-trol or Taco's equivalent .

Left over electricity

@ January 19, 2014 3:10 PM in Something Interesting to noodle over.

When ever I unplug an extension cord I always plug the two ends together as fast as I can to save the left over electricity in the cord . What I have found is the next time I use the cord
I pull it apart , plug the male end in and instantaneously there is electricity at the female end.
I never have to wait for the cord to fill up. Waste not want not .

Security check

@ December 17, 2013 11:27 PM in Math quiz at end of first post after login...

Do the math, click on the box labeled Security Check Answer and insert the answer then click on anywhere outside the box and only then click on Submit Post. Works first time every time.

Thermal conductivity

@ December 13, 2013 2:19 AM in What does

is a lower case k, K stands for Kelvin . What context was it being used Tim ?

Pulled tees

@ December 6, 2013 11:57 PM in Frog Tape and IR Thermometers

Your manifolds look great, first class work . I've never heard of pulling tees with a John Deere. Do you anneal the tubing first? I used to build them by cutting a hole with a hole-saw and just silver brazing a stub in. I have some that have been working over thirty years no problems. I have built some using a T-drill and I would agree it's a better job .
I read that you have an interest in mechanical things , maybe you can help me answer a long standing question. When you look at old machinery with a wheel on it like a fly wheel or bandsaw wheels or well wheels made of cast iron sometimes the spokes are straight and sometimes S curved. In fact they still cast well wheels both ways. WHY would they use the extra material and labor to make an S curve?

Position of motor

@ November 21, 2013 5:46 PM in Help! Unusual system design problem

Rob I think you might have misinterpreted the instructions .

∆ T

@ November 19, 2013 12:16 AM in Taco Bumble Bee on Mod/Con boiler ?

I would be a little leery using ∆ T on a monoflo system . Monoflo works on pressure drop. I think you should try it and let us know how it works .
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