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@ August 24, 2002 4:15 PM in Uniforms for the Gatheringyou're more than welcome to join us. I think you'd bring some great insights to the Gathering. It's all about conversation and the sharing of knowledge, experience and opinions. A great way for you to, as you say, improve your game. And us too, I'll bet. Thanks for being a part of the Wall.
@ August 24, 2002 8:00 AM in Bill Wolfe and Glenn StantonI hope to get to meet you some day. Will anyone else from Burnham be joining us at the Gathering?
@ August 24, 2002 6:47 AM in The Gathering- Michael - Warm Floorswe'll do that. Good idea, Chowdahead!
@ August 23, 2002 9:24 PM in A Gathering of Wetheads (the list of ticket holders)> Mad Dog in Red-White and Blue waving
> Murph the one with a badge AND
> Scott Milne holding two drinks and looking
> like a lobster
> Come to think of it Mad Dog may
> be holding two drinks also
> Cheese well you can
> guess what that will look like
> Dave Yates in
> Boy Scout outfit
> Ron Jr stuck in a
> Glenn Stanton a Burnham racing jacket
> that I could never get
> Bill Wolfe and old
> Honeywell SOURCE ball cap (I have ten of
> Dan will be dressed in some DEAD MANS
> coveralls holding the first control ever made by
> ADAM in the Garden
> Noel will be the one trying
> to explain that Slant/Fin is a boiler not a
> The Munchkin guys now do I really have
> to explain what they will be singing.HMMMMM
> will be wearing Gas Company Blue holding the
> eternal flame
> NOW FOR ALL THE REST OF YOU
> PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT YOU WILL BE
> WHO NEEDS NAME TAGS - HEY DAN WE
> SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS ON HALLOWEEN !!!!!
@ August 23, 2002 3:36 PM in The Gathering- Michael - Warm FloorsI believe many of us will be bumping into each other on Friday evening at the All-Star (appropriate name, eh?) Bar & Grill, which is on-site and from which you cannot be arrested for WUI. http://www.rplazahotels.com/dining.cfm
@ August 23, 2002 2:35 PM in This just in - Dan H.You'll meet him at the Gathering, or you get his book in Books & More. It's loaded with ramblings such as these: 30 years - what a long strange trip 1972: Long hair 2002: Longing for hair 1972: The perfect high 2002: The perfect high yield mutual fund 1972: KEG 2002: EKG 1972: Acid rock 2002: Acid reflux 1972: Moving to California because it's cool 2002: Moving to California because it's warm 1972: Growing pot 2002: Growing pot belly 1972: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor 2002: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor 1972: Seeds and stems 2002: Roughage 1972: Popping pills, smoking joints 2002: Popping joints 1972: Killer weed 2002: Weed killer 1972: Hoping for a BMW 2002: Hoping for a BM 1972: The Grateful Dead 2002: Dr. Kevorkian 1972: Going to a new, hip joint 2002: Receiving a new hip joint 1972: Rolling Stones 2002: Kidney Stones 1972: Being called into the principal's office 2002: Calling the principal's office 1972: Screw the system 2002: Upgrade the system 1972: Disco 2002: Costco 1972: Parents begging you to get your hair cut 2002: Children begging you to get their heads shaved 1972: Taking acid 2002: Taking antacid 1972: Passing the drivers' test 2002: Passing the vision test 1972: Whatever 2002: Depends
@ August 23, 2002 2:03 PM in pipe sizing question - MJStrawYes, 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 www.gasnetworks.com 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!
@ August 23, 2002 1:26 PM in pipe sizing question - MJStrawis 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.
@ 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 EnduranceI'd sure welcome a copper boiler into the mix. What stimulating conversations we're going to have!
@ 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.
@ 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!
@ August 19, 2002 12:57 PM in Going to ISH-NA? - Dan H.Send me an email.
@ August 19, 2002 7:33 AM in john barbaI couldn't agree more! Looking forward to seeing both of you at the Gathering.
@ August 18, 2002 8:46 PM in Upcoming ISH ConventionWe'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?
@ 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.
@ August 17, 2002 7:06 PM in hey danbut when I do that it will probably be in PA because that's where Lloyd Glazer, Videomeister, is located. Thanks.
@ August 17, 2002 1:33 PM in Upcoming ISH ConventionJim 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.