Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
Joined on August 14, 2009
Last Post on March 9, 2014
@ March 9, 2014 9:03 PM in Hydrocoil system blowing cold airThat zone valve is a "Pop-Top" model; easy to replace the operator (motor), part number AG13A02A, 24 v., 2 position, normally closed.
@ March 8, 2014 6:44 PM in Hydrocoil system blowing cold airIn order for the fan coil to get hot water from the boiler, there should be a zone valve opening or a pump starting to spin in addition to the boiler coming on. If the zone valve or pump are getting power and not opening or turning on, you may need to replace one of them. If the zone valve and pump are operating correctly, it could be the boiler that's not turning on. The boiler will get a signal to turn on from a relay in the zone valve, pump controller or directly from the thermostat.
@ March 2, 2014 12:54 AM in How concerned should I be about this TT error?We had to pipe the exhaust out of the mechanical room and up the side of the building about 15 feet to get it above a walkway and away from windows which was about 20 feet away from the air intake.
@ March 1, 2014 7:54 PM in Emergency contact info for Viessmann?Hi Steve:
These are numbers that I've had for awhile:
B.C. toll-free (877)853-3288 Sheen (receptionist)
(604)533-9445 B.C. Matthew Bernd
(604)341-9528 Andrew's cell
(604)802-6327 Stuart's cell
Waterloo, Ontario (800)387-7373 Reza
National: Steve David (800)288-0667
@ March 1, 2014 7:46 PM in How concerned should I be about this TT error?happen on a Trimax Solo 250 less than a year old. A white deposit had loaded on the igniter; replaced it with a new one under warranty and everything has been fine.
I don't know if there were bad igniters originally supplied with the boilers and have rectified the problem with new, different igniters or if they just give you the same one over again.
Check your igniter for that white deposit if it happen again.
@ February 28, 2014 10:42 AM in Plumbing questionA roll of solder works well for snaking debris out of a hose. I tried that on this faucet, but couldn't get through.
I remember those cardboard tubes on the coat hangers, but put them to different use when I was a kid. I mixed saltpeter, carbon, sulfur and aluminum powder together and packed it into a 5" piece of the cardboard tube with packed aluminum foil at each end and an underwater fuse; sold them for 25 cents at school. BIG BOOM! Can't do that now.
@ February 28, 2014 12:57 AM in Plumbing questionwant a pullout spray faucet and almost everything is getting clogged; the check valves in the spray head and the what-seems-to-be quarter in hose from the mixing valve to the spray head.
Maybe I should buy a good, old fashioned Chicago faucet.
@ February 27, 2014 7:15 PM in Original Equipmentis still in use, otherwise I would have snagged it.
That one is the larger size and I'll bet it weighs 600 lbs.
@ February 27, 2014 7:01 PM in Plumbing questionI've got a customer with old, galvanized pipes. It's a rental house and the money is not there for a re-pipe, but the mineral debris from the pipes keep clogging the kitchen faucet. Other than a wye strainer, does anyone know of something like a small in-line filter like a fuel filter that would work here?
@ February 27, 2014 5:37 PM in Original EquipmentI asked the owner if she uses the central vacuum system and she responded that she didn't know she had one. She said her housekeepers bring their own vacuum cleaners.
I'll check it out again my next time out.
@ February 25, 2014 10:11 PM in Original EquipmentThis is from a visit to a Berkeley house earlier today. The boiler for the radiators is an ARCO (American Radiator Company), still plenty of them around since there are no moving parts, no electronics, no outdoor reset, no low water cutoff, no spill switch, no flame rollout switch, no NOTHING.
The water heater is probably one of the first "on-demand" units; made by Ruud. Maybe not as many of these still around, still see them from time to time; absolutely beautiful.
But I've never seen an ARCO Wand vacuum cleaner. It's a first for me.
@ February 17, 2014 1:25 AM in Bell and Gossett 100 mystery soundsThe motor mounts may be shot, but they wouldn't be the cause of this new sound so soon. Sometimes a day or two of run time will clear up a dry bearing assembly. Failing that, I'd:
1) check to make sure the coupling assembly was installed properly
2) de-pressurize the system and check the impeller for debris.
@ February 15, 2014 11:15 AM in Ken Secor's contact info?????These are old notes I have for Ken:
"Ken Secor; email@example.com; Go to ThePiers.net. He hangs out over there."
Ken Secor, CEO
Palmer Heating, LLC
1044 Elm Terrace
Rahway, NJ 07065
Sorry, nothing for Rick.
@ February 14, 2014 1:26 AM in coupling questionsWow! I guess you're not a plumber. These are basic questions. Not trying to make you feel bad, but...........
You really shouldn't need any couplings if it's a new installation, but they are always good to have on hand in case of a boo-boo. Normal couplings are a dime-a-dozen; the ones without stops are more expensive because they are used less often and considered a speciality. At our (West Coast) supply houses, they are called, no-stop couplings or repair couplings and they are also good to have on hand in case of a boo-boo where you can't move either side of the pipe.
Your items #1, #2 and #3 are all a description of the same item and you can use any of them for your project. Item #4, I'm clueless.
Just a suggestion, you may want to pick up a couple of C x C sweat unions; whatever sizes you are using. They are not cheap, but it will become evident to you when you need them and how valuable they are as a time saver and a way to avoid frustration.
@ February 10, 2014 6:53 PM in zone circulators or zone valves?you have a 2-pipe, direct return system and yes, changing it to a 2-pipe, reverse return system is a good idea.
Zoning with pumps or zone valves is a personal preference. I like zone valves, preferably Caleffi or Danfoss. They seem to last longer than others. And the controller for pumps is going to be different than for zone valves. The excellent Taco brand offer "ZVC" models for zone valves and "SR" models for pumps.
@ February 3, 2014 10:10 PM in Rule of thumb for btusDesign temperature is NOT "the friggin' coldest it's expected to get in your area". It's the coldest average temperature for your area. The key word is "average" which means that when you're doing your heatloss calculations to design square feet of radiator sizing and water temperatures, there may be some historically cold days where the owners need to throw on a sweater.
But to Mike's defense, who wants uncomfortable customers. I usually over design my systems with hotter water temperatures or larger radiators. Our design temperature here in the East Bay is 36F (yeah, read it and weep), but I design for 32F. It means more gas usage, but fewer nagging customers.
Only after you calculate heat losses for your jobs over time and in your area will you get a feel for rule-of-thumb numbers.
Just my 2 cents.
@ January 31, 2014 8:49 PM in Can anyone identify this Radiator?Between Frank and Gerry, it was a no-brainer. Very impressive.
@ January 29, 2014 5:30 PM in smaller rads not heatingthe valve at the radiator is fully open to allow the condensate to drain back to the boiler.
@ January 28, 2014 10:50 AM in "Ruster buster"lubricant:
@ January 27, 2014 9:25 PM in What's the best wayGreat suggestions. Mr. Lane's suggestion of the Liberty transfer pump caught my attention - I like fast - and I ordered one. I also like the idea of emptying a water heater in 10 minutes.
@ January 27, 2014 11:57 AM in What's the best wayof adding a corrosion inhibitor or glycol to a hydronic system?I used to have a long, brass hand pump that was expensive and worked OK, but it's disappeared.
@ January 24, 2014 7:42 PM in Superstor contender piping ?I'm on pins and needles for an answer to the disappearing BTU's.