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Robert O'Brien

Robert O'Brien

Joined on November 16, 2005

Last Post on April 9, 2014

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@ February 3, 2014 7:32 AM in triangle tube with trimax

Have way too much experience with this

Happy Birthday!!

@ January 27, 2014 7:55 AM in Happy Birthday Dan Holohan

Spot pricing

@ January 24, 2014 5:18 PM in NG spot pricing this week

No residential customer is affected by this.

Condensing oil

@ January 24, 2014 7:05 AM in OK, we bought the house... now what?

Pinnacle has been around since 2005. In addition,QHT is importing the Firebird for the last couple years.

Buderus discontinued the GB125BE but there are still some in wholesalers

We installed a Firebird last summer for an Oil Heat Cares project and it is quite nice!


@ January 21, 2014 2:29 PM in Hate these things

That is a Flair zone valve

NO !

@ January 21, 2014 2:28 PM in Does Anyone know if AHR Show

Can you imagine what the Javits Center costs per day?


@ January 20, 2014 4:18 PM in Boiler Correct Size

The answer to that would be zero

Burnham/Alpha marriage?

@ January 20, 2014 9:14 AM in Burnham/Alpha marriage?

Grundfos, U.S. Boiler Company Collaborate to Provide Ultra-Efficient Boiler-Pump Package

NEW YORK — At the 2014 Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) in New York City, Grundfos and U.S. Boiler Company will announce an agreement to pair Grundfos’ ultra-efficient ALPHATM circulators as options on most U.S. Boiler gas cast-iron heating products. The combined product leverages both companies’ individual competencies in the industry and provides a market-leading solution for highly efficient heating in residential and light commercial applications.

“We know that the price of energy is a growing concern for many Americans. Grundfos’ collaboration with U.S. Boiler Company will allow us to deliver the total package for saving energy – a best-in-class boiler paired with an ultra-efficient pump,” said Barry Nauss, director of HVAC OEM Sales for Grundfos USA.

Made in the United States, the package will feature the ALPHA, a Grundfos pump designed for circulating liquids in light commercial and residential heating systems. The ALPHA features patented AUTOADAPT TM technology, which automatically analyzes the needs of the system and then adjusts operation to changes in demand. By learning the patterns of consumption, the pump can save end users up to 85 percent in energy costs when compared to a conventional circulator, ensuring the lowest possible consumption without sacrificing comfort

Together with U.S. Boiler’s top-quality product, the competitively priced boiler-pump package will achieve new levels of complete energy efficiency.

3.2 Billion?

@ January 15, 2014 7:42 AM in Nest thermostats

Nest was sold yesterday for $3,200,000,000,not bad for a trinket ! And by far more than the combined value of every boiler manufacturer in the USA. Scoff at new technology at your own peril


@ January 13, 2014 6:50 PM in help upgrading hydronic system

A new efficient system will save 30% conservatively,why waste 30% annually while waiting what may be many years for that POS to die? In reality,you are paying for a new one either way,may as well have it and reap the benefits instead of donating to Exxon.

Not mixing valve

@ January 11, 2014 6:27 PM in DHW coil help please

That is a domestic relief valve. You must be on LI

Thermostat setback?

@ January 9, 2014 7:11 PM in Heat loads

Huge problem with people not grasping the incompatibility of outdoor reset and room setback

Cold start

@ January 8, 2014 7:12 PM in cold start vs maintaining

It is designed to cold start.

Waste of time

@ January 6, 2014 8:02 AM in Burnham V8 insulation

Invest in a higher efficiency boiler/indirect

Oil or gas?

@ January 2, 2014 4:29 PM in Over under firing how is it accomplished

Nozzle and or pump pressure on oil,pressure and or orifice on gas. This is not a DIY project,need a combustion analyzer and know what you are doing and why.

Interesting use

@ December 30, 2013 6:58 PM in Need help with boiler replacement and DHW issue

Interesting use of the possessive pronouns,our and we!


@ December 24, 2013 11:26 AM in Intellicon hw+ will it help

Go to AquaSmart and cold start it. The standby loss from indirect will cycle it often enough to keep it warm.

Rad Bike!

@ December 13, 2013 3:14 PM in Rad Bike!


10 years

@ December 13, 2013 3:13 PM in Friday the 13th Boiler Failure

The Viessmann won't be leaking in 2023!

Unprofessional? Cheap?

@ December 10, 2013 3:18 PM in Copper Press Fittings

I beg to differ

Kudos,Ron Jr!

@ December 8, 2013 1:04 PM in Kudos,Ron Jr!

Page 5

No surprise

@ December 8, 2013 9:16 AM in System 2000 controler

You don't need multiple Techs,just one good one. Put a Genisys on if you don't already have one,it keeps a history that will aid greatly in troubleshooting. Is it 2 pipe or one? If 2 pipe,convert to 1 pipe. Nothing good happens with 2 pipe systems. Does it have a puff switch? Draft issues will cause random lockouts on puff switch equipped boilers
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