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Dan Holohan

Dan Holohan

Joined on March 4, 2009

Last Post on April 22, 2014

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@ August 23, 2002 2:03 PM in pipe sizing question - MJStraw

Yes, that's what I meant by bottom-to-bottom. You won't be able to power purge the air out of those because the water will just flow across the lower push nipples of each radiator. You'll have to vent them manually.

@ August 23, 2002 1:30 PM in Miss this and you'll miss a LOT! - Dan H.

The GasNetworks 2nd Annual Heating Professionals Fall Conference is just around the corner! This is one of the best deals of the year. GasNetworks is sponsoring the 2nd Heating Professionals Fall Conference on September 19 at the Sheraton Colonial Hotel and Golf Resort in Wakefield MA. It's open to HVAC and plumbing pros, technicians and sales people, and also to trade-school students. It starts at 7:30 AM with coffee, continental breakfast and registration. Then from 8:45 on there will be session after session, and they're all filled with such great information. I'm going to about Two-Pipe Steam; Carol Fey, one of the finest speakers I know, will present "Getting on Friendly Terms with Controls"; Brad Wong will speak on proper venting practices, Ron Abremski will present "Selling High Efficiency with ENERGY STAR"; Duct Sealing with Dan West; and a panel session comprised of members of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Plumbers and Gas Fitters. Weil-McLain will also have their glass-piped steam boiler out in the parking lot. If that's not enough, Carol Fey and I will present a special afternoon session called "You, Me and The Basement"--you won't want to miss this. The format is fun. Carol and I pose real technical challenges from the real world and then we all give opinions on what needs to be done to fix the job. You won't believe the give and take. It's one big brain-storming session and anything can happen. A reception (FREE beer!) and trade show will immediately follow. Here are the details: The conference includes breakfast, a mid-morning break, six repeated sessions and an afternoon with Carol Fey and me, PLUS lunch, the manufacturer's exhibits, Weil-McLain's glass-piped steam boiler and a reception/trade show (FREE beer!) at an UNBELIEVABLE price of $65 per person. For four people or more a special rate of $55 per person. For complete conference schedule check our website at To register for this conference, call 1-800-662-9222. DON'T DELAY This thing is practically sold out. If you don't see the VALUE here, I'll pay for your lobotomy. ;-) Hope you make it in. Thanks!

Pressure drop

@ August 23, 2002 1:26 PM in pipe sizing question - MJStraw

is so low in a gravity system and that's where the smaller near-boiler piping comes in. It gives the pump something to work with. The power purge would work but you have to think it through when you're adapting the pipe to the existing system. A lot depends on how the radiators are piped. Are they bottom-to-bottom connections? If so, you'll have to feed the system one floor at a time, with the air vents open. Have you looked in the Gravity Hot Water Heating section of the Heating Q&A? There's a lot in there about what to watch out for.

I just got this in the mail

@ August 23, 2002 1:15 PM in High-output baseboard for cost-senstive jobs - Dan H.

from Slant/Fin. It's called Baseline 70. It's high-output, heavy-duty hot water baseboard that comes with an economy price. They say it's a good choice for multi-family housing and commercial applications. 9-1/4" high, 18-gauge cover, high-strength support bracket, 25% higher output than standard baseboard, two- to ten-foot lengths.


@ August 23, 2002 12:07 PM in Laars Endurance

I'd sure welcome a copper boiler into the mix. What stimulating conversations we're going to have!

Just click

@ August 23, 2002 12:03 PM in I have a question????

on the red dot and the dot will disappear. Then it will leave the screen the next time you refresh, assuming that it has had a three-day run on the Wall with no one adding to it.

Go with

@ August 23, 2002 9:33 AM in pipe sizing question - MJStraw

one-inch. Gravity is different.

Looking at the Gathering list

@ August 22, 2002 6:24 PM in Boiler chat - Dan H.

we've got some very smart people from Utica, Slant/Fin, Munchkin and Viessmann coming. What a solid representation of choice!

Time for a little

@ August 19, 2002 5:29 PM in Snowmelt photos (ME)



@ August 19, 2002 2:35 PM in Gathering Hotel

just below, Dale. See you there!

I've got some free tickets to the show if you need them.

@ August 19, 2002 12:57 PM in Going to ISH-NA? - Dan H.

Send me an email.

No offense taken.

@ August 19, 2002 7:33 AM in john barba

I couldn't agree more! Looking forward to seeing both of you at the Gathering.

Flat-rate and T&M

@ August 18, 2002 8:46 PM in Upcoming ISH Convention

We've talked about this a number of times here on the Wall, Rich, always with the same conclusions. Some favor one method of pricing, some favor another, while still others favor both, depending on the job and the circumstances. So how about them heating systems?

The power of words

@ August 18, 2002 1:04 PM in Upcoming ISH Convention

"Slugs" is an unkind word to use when talking about any contractor. I agree with you and I've always felt that Frank makes a mistake each time he uses that word, but that's Frank. "Scheme," a word you used in your post, is also unkind because it implies that a contractor who uses a certain type of pricing is automatically out to cheat people. If you feel that way then you may need to come here more often and get to know some of the Wallies who use flat-rate pricing, but who are anything but cheats. The challenge, as I see it, is to communicate without tossing these hurtful words at each other. For the most part, we do a remarkably good job of that here on the Wall. I think that most people come to this board with a sense of community and respect for others. We don't always agree, but I think that most of us weigh our words and consider the Golden Rule before posting. Many of us have learned the tough lesson that it sometimes pays to wait a day before answering. And it's because of this that we get things done. This is a place where you can ask questions and learn, whether it be about heating or how magazines get put together. All you have to do is ask. We treat each other with respect, and we also understand and respect the power of words. No slugs here. No schemes either, Rich. You're welcome here. Thanks for your understanding and your consideration.

Good idea

@ August 17, 2002 7:06 PM in hey dan

but when I do that it will probably be in PA because that's where Lloyd Glazer, Videomeister, is located. Thanks.

Just so you know

@ August 17, 2002 1:33 PM in Upcoming ISH Convention

Jim doesn't tell any of us what to write about, nor does anyone else at Business News Publishing. He never has and I don't think he ever will. All he has ever asked of me since January 1990 is that I turn in my column on time, which I do. We columnists hardly even talk to each other, for Pete's sake. I'll be meeting Paul Ridilla for the first time at ISH-NA, and we've been writing in the same magazine since 1990. I've met Frank a few times and had dinner with him (he bought). I've met Maurice Mayo once for about five minutes in a hallway at a PHCC convention. I've been on the same program with Siggy a couple of times but we don't talk about our columns. Ellen is a dear friend and I recommended her to Heather McCune, PM's former editor, because she, Ellen, is one of the best writers I know, and also one of the most insightful business people I know. Same goes for Al Levi. He's like a brother to me and I owe much of my own business success to his fine advice and guidance over the years. We hang out all the time. I've spoken to Julius, but I've never met him in person. None of us get together and discuss magazine policy, and none of us take direction from Jim or anyone else. I pick my own topic each month, as do the other writers. We don't consult with Jim and if anyone at PM tried to slant my input one way or the other, I'd quit. That's the reality of what goes on. You're welcome to express yourself here but you're mistaken about how PM gets done each month. And please keep in mind that Ken Secor was given quite a platform a few issues back, and the Letters to the Editor were very well balanced afterwards. And I write this to you, as you say, from my position of dedication to the industry, and especially, through my experience. Pound for pound, Jim Olsztynski is the best (and fairest) magazine editor the PHC industry has ever seen, and I've worked with many of them.

At one of the Dealer's Choice tables

@ August 16, 2002 11:33 AM in Great idea for the Gathering - Dan H.

John Ruhnke said he's going to set up some of his inventions for all to see. John, as you may know, is the inventor of the AutoPurger. He's received several patents on the idea. He asked if he can bring this and some other things along and I said yes, of course. If you're coming to the the Gathering, and you'd like to share some gadgets or altered tools that you've come up with, you're more than welcome to bring them along too. My guess is that the group will come up with new ideas that will raise these gizmos to a whole 'nuther level. What a time this is going to be! BTW, if you're thinking of coming, you have just two weeks to get your ticket at $109. The price for whatever's left goes to $119 on September 1. Thanks.

A fine time

@ August 15, 2002 9:18 PM in Poor Dan

will be had by all!

I'm going to be

@ August 15, 2002 9:15 PM in Say Dan H. and Glenn..

in Milwaukee. Love to see you there. Auer throws a heck of a party!

We're going

@ August 11, 2002 7:45 AM in On the way to Cape May - Dan H.

to take a few days off and go sit on the porch. See you all on Thursday!

It's a hydronic skyrocket.

@ August 9, 2002 6:54 PM in I must say...........(Mike Kraft)

It goes up. Everyone looks and says AAAAAHHHHHHH! And then it's over. There's beauty in simplicity.

Working with Al

@ August 9, 2002 7:40 AM in Benchmarking

on that book was a terrific experience. He's a master at what he does, which is getting things organized and running smoothly. Al Levi is available as a business coach to anyone who is looking to gain an edge. You can find out more at his webstite: