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I think its great

@ August 30, 2013 10:47 PM in CSST

that these EXPERTS ....."THINK" it will work....Really! If I have to bet my business on it and maybe even my customers and their childrens lives on it, dont we at least deserve some kinda third party testing on the bonding "THEORY'  Oh wait thats right... this is the OLD CSST way way back from a few years ago. For me to go into a house and inform potential customers that it needs to be grounded is absolutely ridiculous considering there is no real third party testing to confirm this. That is what the case in Montgomery county was all about. I simply tell them it has to be replaced with professionally installed black steel pipe and that will greatly lower their chance of burning their house and family to a crisp. Unfortunately that's the truth!

Pre bonding days

@ August 30, 2013 10:29 PM in CSST

I believe the house was built 2002 and if you look in the code book at that time bonding still wasnt required.


@ August 28, 2013 6:24 PM in CSST

Just started a new job where the house was burned down from CSST and a lightning strike.  House was built using steel pipe except they got lazy when any fitting had to be done, so they used CSST  whenever tying into an appliance with 6 foot tails. The tail to the gas fireplace was the culprit, the current jumped to the side of the fireplace and turned the CSST to swiss cheese and smoked 1/2 the house and unfortunately killing the woman's two dogs. The insurance company and the fire investigators removed the suspect CSST but never informed the woman of the impending lawsuits.
Its amazing how well the manufacturers have kept this thing hushed up. After I informed the woman of the open cases and how to do a google search she has now hired a lawyer.
If they would have finished the job in steel pipe or copper, they would probably be just replacing a couple of tvs ans a refrigerator, not half the house.

I guess the places around here

@ July 28, 2013 4:35 PM in Water conservation and old toilets

that use them could use your advice because I have never seen one that doesnt smell like  old urine.

@ July 28, 2013 11:12 AM in Copper prices affected by Bank manipulation of Markets

They post news clippings everyday as to whats going on with these subjects.
Dont stay too long, it gets depressing.

Waterless urinals

@ July 28, 2013 11:07 AM in Water conservation and old toilets

A new local Giant food store decided to go GREEN and install waterless urinals in the store restrooms. Nothing better to cut down on food spending than slipping in the mens room and breathing urine vapor before shopping. A second store was built in a neighboring township a few months later except this township had a plumbing inspector with brains and he shot it down. Personally when I see waterless urinals I use the stall, hmmm big water savings there.


@ July 27, 2013 8:35 AM in ECAT

Just wondering if anyone here has been following this device.

Could really change the way we install boilers.

I have installed several

@ July 5, 2013 8:41 AM in reviews of new mirco channel coils

Air Temp units last year. They have gone to both condenser and evaporators of aluminum, so far so good.
My main unit is ARCO AIRE (ICP) and they have gone to just an aluminum evaporator. They even have a 20 minute video on the counter at my supplier detailing why they have done this. Of course it is all about performance, not a word about cost BUT they do give a 10 year no hassle warranty . With that kind of warranty they are willing to bet it will hold up. We will see. Putting one in today. Maybe it will be a good thing because I have been hearing all types of problems with copper coils lately. All different makes.

Has anyone used these?

@ July 4, 2013 9:20 PM in What type of dehumidification systems

Interesting question

@ July 4, 2013 12:31 PM in What type of dehumidification systems

I dont know. I would imagine the type system that is circulated through the floor and walls, similar to radiant heat.

What type of dehumidification systems

@ July 4, 2013 9:32 AM in What type of dehumidification systems

are they using with radiant cooling?

Thats what I had assumed

@ June 27, 2013 3:00 PM in 6" Boiler Exhaust w/ 5" chimney liner. how bad is this?

Thank you for the info Charlie

Does that go for Gas and oil?

@ June 26, 2013 7:19 PM in 6" Boiler Exhaust w/ 5" chimney liner. how bad is this?

Is there a difference in btu capacity between gas and oil?

Chart is incomplete

@ June 24, 2013 10:08 PM in 6" Boiler Exhaust w/ 5" chimney liner. how bad is this?

According to that chart if I were to install a Buderus 115 ws, I would need to increase the 5 inch factory collar to 6 inch.
Obviously Buderus feels comfortable firing 1.10 gph into a 5 inch outlet.

I cant find a chart

@ June 23, 2013 10:13 PM in 6" Boiler Exhaust w/ 5" chimney liner. how bad is this?

that differentiates between the two. Could you please post your chart?

At .75 he would be ok

@ June 23, 2013 7:36 PM in 6" Boiler Exhaust w/ 5" chimney liner. how bad is this?

according to this chart.

Steve is correct

@ June 23, 2013 7:10 PM in 6" Boiler Exhaust w/ 5" chimney liner. how bad is this?

Liner capacity is based on vertical length, diameter and horizontal distance . Also based on natural or induced draft. It is best to install the proper size liner and not just use what the manufacturer welded to the top of the boiler.
You will notice manufacturers will use the same size flue outlet on several of the same series boilers before jumping to the next size.

So I am not saying yours is correct but it very well could be.
Give us the length of the chimney and the length of the horizontal flue and the input of the boiler and we will tell you if the 5 inch is large enough.

Ductless is perfect for

@ June 19, 2013 8:22 PM in Bridging the gap Hydronics to AC

your hydronic customers since they dont have any duct in the house.
It keeps me busy all summer long.
I use to handle Fujitsu but what I have found is that after several years the Fujitsu plastic really yellows.
So as of the last few years I have been installing Comfort star and Samsung.
The Comfort stars work really well and internally are identical to Samsung but they only come in white.
The Samsung Vivace is mirror black just like the TV.
I find you don't need gauges since the txv is inside the condenser unit. That is why you insulate both lines. What you do need is a good automatic scale and a small reclaimer.
I also just purchased a UNIWELD 2 stage vac pump that weighs 9 pounds. I also keep a 300 ft tank of nitrogen in the shop and refill my 10 ft tank after each job. No sense in dragging around a 35 lb vac pump and a large tank of nitrogen for a mini split.
You will be drilling a lot of 3 inch holes through a lot of different materials, so be prepared with an assortment of bits.
I have also found in homes with pets and some without that the squirrel cage blower will have to be cleaned after a couple of years. After watching guys struggle with a bottle brush or making a mess on the wall I have found it is best to remove the blower wheel and use a garden hose to clean it. It is not that complicated but I would recommend taking your first one apart on a bench in your shop until you become familiar with it. Long magnetic screwdrivers really help as does a small magnetic dish.
Also after taking them apart you will find they all roll off the same Chinese assembly line using the same parts.
You will also need a few adapters( 5/16 OR 1/2x20 UNF)  core remover and a 5/16 low loss x 1/4 flare adp. Also because there is no low and high side you will need a dye injector and you will need another 5/16 low loss x 1/4 adapter for that.
I love installing ductless and my customers  love it even more.

Your right Johnny

@ June 13, 2013 6:42 PM in How the Europeans do it?

Here is a short clip on how most "Europeans" feel about Germany

Its called Conscription, Steamhead

@ June 13, 2013 6:30 PM in How the Europeans do it?

very popular in countries like North Kore and China. What they do to deserters is arrest their  family.

Thats quite a statement Chris

@ June 13, 2013 9:07 AM in How the Europeans do it?

How were you going to enforce that rule? Beatings, jail time....LOL

Ugly hidden truth

@ June 12, 2013 9:34 PM in How the Europeans do it?

I don't know about that Mark. I don't feel college degrees are as important in our field as is natural intelligence.
In many fields especially ones where facts and figures need to be repeated to the point of nausea , a college degree can be beneficial. Probably a photographic memory even better.  But in our situation where everyday brings new places with new situations the ability for critical thinking is more desirable.
Personally I find the best apprentices(not always) have a n IQ of 120 or better( no higher than 140 or they detach) a mechanical aptitude of 95% or better with high scores in spacial relations.
This criteria is much more desirable in our field than a run of the mill college degree.
So why shouldn't someone with high natural intelligence make more money than a simple college degree? Many MENSA members are high school dropouts.
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