Joined on March 4, 2009
Last Post on August 28, 2014
@ August 28, 2014 11:44 AM in Goodman recallhttp://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Goodman-Company-Recalls-Air-Conditioning-and-Heating-Units/
@ August 27, 2014 9:54 AM in Agenda for the big GasNetworks showI'm looking forward to catching up with all my friends. Hope you can make it.
@ August 27, 2014 9:31 AM in Extra Life for Kids!Chris needs $130 more to make it to his goal. Anyone want to help?
@ August 26, 2014 3:05 PM in Fire Side chats with the RPA...Such a critical mass of hydronic brain power. Wow.
@ August 23, 2014 8:19 AM in Extra Life for Kids!Just $130 to go to hit the top. I'll bet we can do this today. Thanks!
@ August 22, 2014 5:56 PM in Extra Life for Kids!Chris is within $230 of his goal. Anyone like to step up with $10 and help push him over the top. No ice bucket required. Thanks for caring about others.
@ August 20, 2014 3:45 PM in Extra Life for Kids!Hey, guys. Chris is so close to his goal. Think we can all push him over the top? This really is a great cause. Thanks.
@ August 16, 2014 9:51 AM in GasNetworks show!SEPTEMBER 25!
Dan Holohan returns to the GasNetworks Fall Training Conference
43 Scanlon Drive
Thursday, September 25, 2014
GasNetworks will hold its 14th Annual Heating Professionals Fall Conference on Thursday, September 25 at the Lantana located in Randolph, MA.
The day-long conference will feature Dan Holohan and some of the best industry trainers and expert speakers and will focus on high efficiency natural gas heating, water heating, house control systems and installation best practices.
Preliminary sessions include such topics as Hydronic heating, System fluids, Sizing and ACCA Manual S, Condensing and modulating boilers, Emerging technologies and more.
Equipment manufacturers and suppliers will be on hand to display the latest in natural gas heating products and technology. A trade show and networking reception will be held at the end of the day.
Registration fee of only $75 includes: Breakfast, full conference, lunch and reception!
REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND THE FULL AGENDA will be available soon at www.gasnetworks.com
To register by phone: 1-877-363-8822
GasNetworks Training Committee
GasNetworks Web Team
@ August 12, 2014 2:31 PM in Extra Life for Kids!And what a miracle is he! Thanks for doing this, Chris. You're a good man to help people you don't know.
@ July 25, 2014 8:36 AM in Radiant Heat Matrix Other Than Concrete.Radiant Heat Matrix Other Than Concrete?
Underground tank temp? Typo 550*
Buried tank location? Under greenhouse hmmm one big emitter
Plants grown elevated, or in the ground?
A 500 gal tank would be darn near the
Size of the green house.
Temperature is typo; should be 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
The top of 3-ft diameter X 10-ft long tank, is 1 ft. below ground level (4 ft. total depth). So, tank water will be about average temperature of St. Louis = 55 degrees F. Tank is below greenhouse.
I’m raising ground surface by 2-feet with retaining wall and crushed rock (in-part over tank) to create pad for greenhouse, which has footing for granular material (not concrete). Building-up, so it seemed logical to install radiant PEX tubing. Tank water temp can be raised with heat-pump, solar, etc. Small area to heat, or cool (6 ft. X 12 ft.). Plants will be grown on shelves, or in raised beds.
1. Will crushed limestone (1/4” minus) work for heating matrix, using 1/2 inch PEX tubing? Will sharp rocks cause leaks?
2. Will crushed limestone transfer heat adequately to heat/cool greenhouse? [assuming other parts of system are working]. What about pea gravel or sand; which have more dead–air space?
Hope to avoid a concrete matrix due to greenhouse design and expense.
@ July 22, 2014 10:03 AM in Just wondering about oil tanksDoes anyone know why they chose 275 gallons as the size for most houses?
@ July 21, 2014 1:36 PM in Radiant Heat Matrix Other Than Concrete.(I'm posting this for a member who is having difficulty getting online. Dan)
I’m building a small greenhouse (6’ X 12’) and plan to heat with a radiant system (1/2” PEX tubing), over insulation panels. Water will be circulated through a 500-gallon underground tank (550 F), which may be supplemented by solar heat.
Exterior radiant systems typically use PEX embedded in concrete, which will not work for my greenhouse. I considered pea gravel and sand, but these (apparently) have poor heat transfer properties. Would crushed limestone (1/4”- minus) work?
How thick should the matrix cover be over the PEX? (2 or 4 inches?). A thin cover will have a quicker response time (PEX to air temp.), but less heat storage capacity and insulation. Should I add “fins” to increase heat transfer?
Any ideas or comments are greatly appreciated!
@ July 12, 2014 10:35 AM in Suggestions for new forumBut we'll see. We've been working on this since February. I've spend the past several months moving the content, piece by piece. There's a lot of stuff on this site.
Vanilla captured the whole Wall in May and have moved the posts. They're currently working on moving the jpegs. It's a big job.
When it goes live, we'll be shut down for a day so that they can move the content posted between May and the launch date. When it comes back up it will have everyone's user name and password in place. New users will be able to sign in with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, etc. And the Wall will be open to the whole world. Right now, you have to be in the U.S. to post. You'll also be able to discuss every article on the site within the sections that hold those articles.
I think you'll like what's coming.
@ July 12, 2014 5:58 AM in Suggestions for new forumThanks for the comments. Vanilla is building the new Wall. Here's a link to its features: http://vanillaforums.com/features/user-experience. I think you'll be pleased.
Right now, they're moving the content from here to the new site, which is also completely different. Stay tuned.
@ July 9, 2014 6:19 AM in steam main sizeI know the building runs on ConEd steam and that it's a vacuum system. The pressure is typically 1-1/2 psi, with a high of 3 psi on the coldest day.
The building was prefabbed and assembled more than built, with the materials needed on any given day arriving on that day. It took just 18 months from the time they knocked down the old Waldorf Astoria hotel until the first tenant moved in.
I'll see if I can learn more about the pipe sizes. Thanks, T.P.
@ July 8, 2014 9:39 AM in What do you think of this new product?A friend from the U.K. just showed me this and told me to be sure to watch the quick video. We both expect to see it in Walmart before long. Love to hear your thoughts.
@ July 2, 2014 11:59 AM in Dans Reading ListThey did a good job of demonstrating what went on inside the boilers to cause the explosion. Mark Twain talks about his in Life on the Mississippi. Often, when sharply steering around debris in the river, a captain would tip the steamboat and cause an explosion when the water came back to level.
You're right about the ending. Had Lincoln lived, it looks like he would have been facing some serious questions. We know from Team of Rivals that he knew how to play political hardball. It's a shame some of that ended with this tragedy.
@ June 30, 2014 6:32 AM in One of the greatest heating tech' has passed awayYou were a good friend to Chris, Scott. Well done.
@ June 29, 2014 6:44 AM in One Pipe Steam - What Is This?I agree. It would be good to know the levels of what's beyond the boiler room.
@ June 29, 2014 6:09 AM in Why was my thread deleted?Some of the people posting on that thread chose not to be nice, so I took it down. Hopefully, I won't need to do that again.
@ June 21, 2014 1:54 PM in sizing indirect for new steam boilerConsider takng a Find a Contractor ad.