Joined on March 4, 2009
Last Post on December 4, 2013
@ October 9, 2013 7:06 AM in Senior TrainerIt's simply a U-shaped piping arrangement that fills with water and stops the steam. From the end of a steam main it would turn down vertically about five feet and then turn horizontal for a few inches before turning vertical again to join the dry return.
@ October 6, 2013 5:23 PM in Dunham Bush Metro?Starts at the top. Goes horizontal one way across a room and then drops to the room below and goes horizontal in the opposite direction. And so on until it reaches the trap in the basement. Quite unusual.
@ October 6, 2013 9:44 AM in Dunham Bush Metro?Yes, it was a way for them to compete with hot water. The steam went to the top of the building and then worked its way down through the building's baseboard radiators from floor to floor without benefit of steam traps or valves. The upper floors get steam; the middle floors get a mix of steam and condensate; the lower floors get hot water. It's like lacing a sneaker. At the bottom of each downfeed riser there's an F&T trap, and beyond the taps there's a D&B vacuum pump that fed the condensate back to the boiler.
@ October 5, 2013 5:52 PM in Dead Men's Steam SchoolJust got home. This being my last two years of doing seminars, I was happy to be able to be with you all in Davenport for this one. Best-looking group in a long time. Thanks for taking such good care of yourselves, and me. :-)
@ October 2, 2013 10:30 AM in AHR Expo - who's going?Siggy and I are doing the PM LIVE event on Wednesday.
@ September 28, 2013 6:30 AM in AcronymsResources and then For Professionals. Acronyms of the Heating Industry is at the top of the list. Thanks.
@ September 27, 2013 9:20 AM in Free seminar on how district energy affects LEED certificationSponsored by our friends from Veolia Energy Philadelphia. Click for the details.
@ September 24, 2013 10:54 AM in Trade ShowYou guys always put on a first-class show. Thanks for inviting me.
@ September 23, 2013 3:51 PM in How's this for an Old-Timer?It was all very steam-punky in this place. Lots of fun.
@ September 23, 2013 3:50 PM in How's this for an Old-Timer?Everything is original and in good working order. You would have loved it.
@ September 23, 2013 12:45 PM in How's this for an Old-Timer?I visited this one last week. It's nearly 100 years old and still running.
@ September 4, 2013 10:40 AM in I'd like to introduce you to another of my daughters.Colleen lives with her husband, Adam, in Medford, MA. Some of you may know Colleen from her work as a board member of Oil Heat Cares. Coll is also the Director of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship, which places Americorp volunteers into non-profit organizations for a year. They work mainly with the state's younger people and they make a difference. They have also saved the state of Massachusetts a fortune over the years.
Their site is here, and you can listen to Colleen tell about it if you watch the video: http://masspromisefellows.org/
They're having their annual fund-raiser party/auction on December 6. Marianne and I will be there. I'm wondering if any of the many Massachusetts companies that visit here might be willing to donate an item for the auction. Anything that's sports-related is always a huge hit at this event. If you'd like to be a part of this (great publicity!), email me at email@example.com, or just post here.
@ September 3, 2013 7:32 PM in A grand American storyAnd that's the best part. Robert has put most of this on their website in a searchable database. He also polished up one of each recorded product and photographed it for the site. It's truly a one-of-a-kind labor of love.
@ September 3, 2013 2:51 PM in A grand American storyImagine the work that went into this from generation to generation. I have several old-boiler reference books - Beacon, Pape Swift, Hydronic Rating Handbook. There are thousands of boilers in those books, and so many of them are still in service. These guys keep them going.
@ September 3, 2013 12:28 PM in A grand American storyThe guys at H.C. Oswald have been doing something very valuable and very unusual for decades. I loved their story when I heard it and wrote about it in this month's Supply House Times. This is a company everyone who works with boilers should have in their files. Here's the link: http://bit.ly/1fwsIxl
@ August 29, 2013 2:55 PM in Testing & setting presuretrolThanks for sharing. Seems a shame you have to do this on a brand-new product.
@ August 28, 2013 2:35 PM in Edwards Valance HeatingShe lived in a high-rise dorm with these. They worked great in both heating- and cooling-mode and they were silent.
If you're ever in Providence, RI, walk across the pedestrian bridge that goes from the Westin hotel to Providence Place Mall. It's heated and cooled with an Edwards unit.
It's a wonder they didn't do better than they did.
@ August 28, 2013 2:20 PM in Bakery steamThe near-boiler piping is so important here. A drop-header would be nice if you can do that. The higher you rise from the boiler the better then chance that you'll leave the water behind.
@ August 28, 2013 12:40 PM in Bakery steamhttp://www.heatinghelp.com/article/323/Boilers/141/Billy-and-the-Baker
@ August 27, 2013 10:52 AM in Looking forward to these trips.http://www.heatinghelp.com/seminars/list/2013/08
Hope to see you at one of them!
@ August 27, 2013 10:25 AM in Need writing help?Makes you wonder about their attention to detail, doesn't it?
@ August 23, 2013 8:55 AM in Rockin the RockiesSo good to see so many old friends and to catch up with Max. Thanks to Ferguson and all the terrific sponsors!