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Al Letellier

Al Letellier

Joined on August 12, 2006

Last Post on October 4, 2011

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reznor waste oil

@ April 12, 2011 9:08 PM in Reznor waste oil burner

The link Robert posted is the exact unit we have on this project. Job is on hold at the moment but will update. Thanks to several who contacted me directly.

Reznor waste oil burner

@ April 3, 2011 8:24 PM in Reznor waste oil burner

Is there anyone out there with experience with Reznor waste oil burners in a Buderus boiler? We have inherited a unit here in So. Maine that apparently hasn't worked correctly since it was installed. I've been told that even the setup guy for the company that sold the unit walked away from it. (again, only what we've been told).
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Contact me direct by e-mail.

Who said anything about cold start

@ April 1, 2011 9:02 PM in indirect or not?

Don't run it as a cold start. Am very aware of the Weil characteristics and ops...I've only installed about 300 of them, and I didn't fudge the numbers, I just know how to run my system. True the boiler is too big for the load but it works great and hasn't taken anything but a nozzle and pump strainer in years, no soot, not crude under the blanket easy maintenance and great efficiency. 70 degrees in the house all heating season and never have run out of hot water....can't wait to see the number when I switch to natgas, install my Rinnai continuum and my new Ultra 80 gas just keeps getting better.

heat loop on steam boiler

@ March 31, 2011 9:52 PM in Hydronic Loop hookup to steam system

It depends on where you are. No issues with codes that I am aware of. Here in Maine we have full licensing and permitting but rarely do we need a permit to add a zone to an existing boiler. Check with your local code authority if you have on in your town.

indirect or not

@ March 31, 2011 7:01 PM in indirect or not?

Here are some real world number to consider. I heated 1000 sq feet 35 years ago, just two of us. Started out with an Arco steamer with Timken burner and an oil fired water heater......450 gallons a year.
Installed a Thermodynamics boiler with coil in 1980 and added lower level heat going to 1500 square feet........800 gallons a year
In 2004 installed Weil WTGO-3 with coil.......750 gallons a year
In 2007 pulled coil, added indirect ( Plus 40 ) and TEKMAR outdoor reset and guess what...back to 450 gallons with 50% more load
Go figure.

steam cabinet heater ratings

@ March 31, 2011 6:51 PM in steam replacement

As mentioned by Steamhead, you have to do some research and Dan's book is a great place to start. Don't forget that the size and shape of the cabinet comes into play in calculating the rating as well. It ain't just the element you have to consider.

burner booster

@ March 29, 2011 5:23 PM in Burner Booster??

I've responded to this before, but take the time to check it out. I was in their new production facility in Mass a couple weeks ago. They have teamed up with Webster and the unit includes a new burner. It's a well built and very interesting unit that will do well on commercial boilers where nat gas is not available. May be  pricey for smaller residential use but for commercial boilers its doing a really good job from the numbers I've seen. Had a chance to invest early on, but as they say:"hindsight is always 20-20". Give it a good look see......I think it will live up to its expectations.

oil pressure

@ March 27, 2011 1:47 PM in fluctuating oil pressure

Several possible caused here: clogged pump strainer, slipping or stripped motor coupling, bad motor, bad pump, etc, You need to do some may have a bad gauge as well. What is happening to the flame when you see the fluctuation. IF the flame is steady and clean, try another gauge. IF it pulsates with pressure, you have a mechanical issue or an air leak in fuel line.
Good luck.

boiler down time

@ March 23, 2011 10:18 PM in Boiler shut down

Shouldn't be an issue to shut down. Just make sure what you want to do is code legal in your area........

tekmar 279

@ March 23, 2011 10:16 PM in tekmar on a res steam boiler

Did a couple but were very large residential homes and they worked quite well. Not the big savings seen as on commercial jobs but the customer indicated a savings in both cases.

cast iron rad refit

@ March 23, 2011 10:13 PM in cast iron rad

Don't see why it wouldn't work for you. I would supply the top and return the bottom. Can you get in a vent at the top of the rad? check your hangers to make sure they will work in that position or you may be out of luck..

cast iron rad refit

@ March 23, 2011 10:13 PM in cast iron rad

Don't see why it wouldn't work for you. I would supply the top and return the bottom. Can you get in a vent at the top of the rad? check your hangers to make sure they will work in that position or you may be out of luck..


@ March 21, 2011 5:08 AM in Residential Loop Heating Hot Water System

Not sure of the status of Superior. Not a popular brand here in Maine. As to antifreeze, there are products available specifically for heating systems, but this in NOT a do-it-yourself project unless you have the training to do so. It takes a specific amount and mixture to protect your system and too much antifreeze can hurt your system and home as much as not enough. Also, annual maintenance is critical to maintain protection as some solutions can get corrosive if not checked and adjusted annually. NEVER use automotive antifreeze in a heating system !!!!
You may have to increase your expansion tank size or add a backflow preventer to satisfy local codes. Call your heating professional to do the job, and if he doesn't mention these points, get someone else. It is very important to do the job correctly.

trac pipe

@ March 19, 2011 4:06 PM in Trac Pipe

Only "hacks" run CSST directly to an appliance.
Be careful of whom you speak badly of......

gas in burnham

@ March 18, 2011 9:56 PM in Burnham Megasteam with Gas Gun

Burnham is the only manuf. I know of that says no way to gas in their boilers built for has to do with the $$$ involved in getting the boiler UL approved for the burner. I think we all know a BTU is a BTU no matter what the fuel. We use Weil SGOs with a Riello gas burner with great results and no issues with warrantee.

WM 68 door gasket

@ March 18, 2011 9:50 PM in Weil-Mclain 68 boiler door gasket

OK to use rope gasket. Have done it many times. Set it in high temp silicone and then paste it with'll never have to change it again.....
Have always painted that gasket with neverseize when installing one...saves a lot of aggravation. The Ultra oil uses a graphite impregnated gasket...wish they did the same on the Gold boiler.

floor sensing stats

@ March 18, 2011 9:40 PM in Radiant thermostats using floor sensors?

One word answer....TEKMAR

burnham boilers

@ March 18, 2011 9:38 PM in Boiler section issue

Ditto on looking for the cause. Just replacing the sections is treating the symptoms and not looking for the cause. As mentioned, flow, thermal shock, piping issues are usually the culprit. Get the Burnham rep in there ASAP...that's what they are paid for.

erratic water line

@ March 16, 2011 7:29 PM in water line on steam boiler

Try cleaning and skimming the boiler. Sounds like a classic dirty water scenario. The water in the glass may look clean, but......

defective tubing

@ March 16, 2011 7:24 PM in Defective Tubing?

I have not seen it with that brand, but have with several others. I've had at least 4 insurance investigations this year with burst PEX tubing. Hard to tell what happened but temperature and pressure sure do play a part in these kinds of failures. Have sent several samples back to the manufacturers for testing and always get the same answer.....too much heat or pressure. Certainly could be a defect in the happens. Save the bad piece for the insurance people.


@ March 10, 2011 10:33 PM in Deadmen

Amazing that you posted this today, Bill. I was thinking the same thing the other day. I am getting to be one of the Future Dead Men as I have put away thet tools. I have seen what you see everyday and cant' help but wonder how much information they could have left behind. My wife and I have lost all four of our parents in the last 1 1/2 years and we are cleaning out the oh man the old tools and the " what the hell is this" items that those old timers built when they needed something...they didn't have a hardware store or "big Box" on every corner.....if they needed it they built it.
Write a book, Bill. I'm trying to. Lots of stuff rattleing around in our heads that needs to be left behind. Thanks for sharing.

boiler too big

@ March 10, 2011 10:26 PM in Can you resell or donate a used boiler?

What kind of boiler is it? Most likely it is a sectional cast iron boiler that can be downsized by removing some sections. It sounds like it is 2x too big and you might save money by removing a couple of sections and buying a new jacket.
No reason why you couldn't sell a used boiler, but there will be no warranty with it as that ends when your ownership does.
Weil McLain and Smith boilers are easy to downsize or expand as they use gaskets instead of push nipples as most boilers do. IF you have an atmospheric boiler with a rack burner, you will have to get the correct one as well. We always use a sectional cast boiler with a power burner for steam as they are easily convertible.
Good luck.
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