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Can we all agree

@ September 6, 2014 8:55 PM in PVC Venting on boilers again!

to limit this conversation to once a decade or....when there is actually a fatality from the proper installation of PVC.

Ok found exactly what I was looking for

@ August 28, 2014 4:54 PM in Lead wiping

It explains exactly what is going on. Page 186

Thanks for the replies but

@ August 28, 2014 4:42 PM in Lead wiping

I think some of you misunderstand. Im pretty well versed in lead wiping and alloys as I am an avid bullet caster. What I cant seem to get a good answer on is the removal of Zinc that has permeated the solder pot. This would happen to the old timers after using the pot to tin brass ferules and also for preheating brass. The Zinc would leach from the brass. In bullet casting the same thing happens when a zinc wheel weight makes it into the pot. I have come up with several processes in old plumbing books. Some say to bring the temp up just above the melting point and push the sulfur under and slowly bring the temp up, the sulfur forms Zinc sulfate and rises as dross. Others say to bring the temp of the solder up to the point the pot glows in the dark and then stir the sulfur in. Sulfur is flammable and can contain moisture not to mention it can blow your lungs out if inhaled. So before I started to venture out and experiment with these different methods I was looking for someone who had already been through it so I would avoid any unseen problems.

Lead wiping

@ August 27, 2014 11:40 PM in Lead wiping

Any old timers out there familiar with cleaning zinc from the solder pot using sulfur?

The mini split was

@ August 13, 2014 10:34 PM in Boiler with mini split for heating

probably sized for the cooling load at 24000. Have a heat loss done and plot the curve. See at what outside temp 24000 will still satisfy the load and do your COP comparisons at that temp. Below that temp it doesn't matter if the mini split is cheaper to wont be big enough.

Cimmeron has a good flush but

@ August 8, 2014 3:25 PM in Pressure assist toilets

a lousy water spot. whether its sh#t stains on the inside of the bowl or on a brush sitting aside of the closet..that is gross. Pressure assist have full size water spots and stay much cleaner.

Ive had a Gerber in my home for 10 years

@ August 7, 2014 2:12 PM in Pressure assist toilets

works fine. I have quite a few Gerbers out there and have no trouble. I installed a back outlet Eljer about 7 years ago at a local Italian restaurant and have had no trouble with that either and it is much quieter than the Gerber.

C&D schraeder depressor

@ August 6, 2014 10:48 AM in C&D schraeder depressor

Just purchased one... what a great little tool

Had one for many years

@ August 6, 2014 10:44 AM in TIF ELECTRONIC SIGHT GLASS

use to use it alot looking for splashback on fixed orifice units. Works well but I just haven't used it much lately...better dig it out and check the batteries lol

Pressure assist toilets

@ August 6, 2014 10:40 AM in Pressure assist toilets

I do a limited amount of plumbing and my brand choices are limited to my suppliers so can I get some opinions on different pressure assist closets that your using?
Water spot, quietness,overall function?

The Rigid flare that clicks

@ August 5, 2014 9:41 PM in Brazing without nitrogen?!

rolls the flare, I could see how that might not work on a double flare. This unit looks like a regular straight in flare

I also just found

@ August 5, 2014 3:15 PM in Brazing without nitrogen?!

Rigid makes one also. Im going to have to give that a shot. I have a small one I do brake lines with but have never tried it with copper.

Who makes your flare block?

@ August 4, 2014 8:47 PM in Brazing without nitrogen?!

I have one for smaller brake lines but I have not seen one for larger lines?

When installing ductless ac

@ August 3, 2014 1:36 PM in Brazing without nitrogen?!

in second floor bedrooms on interior walls I will usually cut off the flare nuts on the indoor unit, swage, and braze longer stubs that will protrude above the attic floor. I usually do this in the shop with nitrogen then I braze one end shut and braze a schrader on the other and test. I refuse to bury a flare joint that I cant access.

I always use nitrogen

@ July 31, 2014 6:11 PM in Brazing without nitrogen?!

Not using it would be the equivalent of tig welding without argon. What I have done to reduce my cost and time is I keep two 330cf tanks in the shop and fill a 20cf tank.
I can only equalize the pressure but I get many fills before taking the 330 in for a refill.

Noraire air to water HP

@ July 23, 2014 7:00 PM in Noraire air to water HP

Has anyone used these? Do they work well? Thinking of installing one in my shop on a low temp radiant system but would like some opinions.

OK forget the heat pumps

@ July 14, 2014 6:13 PM in boiler or forced air - need advice

Cant imagine that cold...dont want to. this 0 degree weather in eastern Pa was too much this year!


@ July 14, 2014 1:00 PM in boiler or forced air - need advice

Heat pumps you'll have heating cooling and zones. Then you can start with a micro inverter PV System and your on your way to free heating and cooling. A well insulated 1300 ft. structure would be fairly easy.


@ July 14, 2014 12:52 PM in Looking to make condensate neutralizer

Maybe you have a time machine hot tub ice

@ July 13, 2014 10:49 PM in Anyone else getting unwanted calls from Angie's List?

SunRocket was a U.S.-based VoIP provider established in early 2004 by Joyce Dorris and Paul Erickson, former MCI executives. Sunrocket was one of several companies to offer an inexpensive telephone service that competed against the traditional phone companies by using a broadband Internet connection instead of a regular (or analog) phone line.[1][2]

Dorris and Erickson departed the company in February 2007 along with roughly 30 other employees based at SunRocket’s corporate headquarters in Vienna, Virginia.[3][4] Sunrocket ceased operations on July 3, 2007.[5]

I use

@ July 13, 2014 10:31 AM in Anyone else getting unwanted calls from Angie's List?

It use to be sunrocket, voip system with all the bells and whistles, inexpensive and it works well but most importantly it gives you a answering system and the ability to selectively call forward to that voice box. I also have a regular answering machine in my office. All calls go to my office and after I screen them I go to Phonepower log and select that number to go to the other box. This works very well because unlike blocking the number it appears to them they are still getting through. If you block the number they will simply use another number. By using select forward your phone never rings and you can set the box to dump calls at whatever interval you want. Of course my established customers are given my cell number. This has worked very well for me.

I guess that depends

@ July 12, 2014 5:15 PM in Jury Rules That CSST is a Defective Product

on your opinion as to when is birth....but we are not even going to go there!
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