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Alan (California Radiant) Forbes

Alan (California Radiant) Forbes

Joined on August 14, 2009

Last Post on July 6, 2014

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@ March 25, 2014 11:25 AM in It's good to be a Plumber...NYT

gas water heater and it's off the floor because code says fuel burning appliances have to be at least 18" off the floor to prevent ignition of volatile materials found in garages.......like gasoline and other solvents.

As far as the soldering goes, it looks like he's piping the relief valve line across the front of the water heater; not the end of the world, but not a good practice either. Also don't know why he had to install a coupling there next to the 45 bend, especially for a photo shoot.

Paul, I don't think these are the responses you were looking for. : )

Thanks, guys!

@ March 24, 2014 11:48 AM in Manifold Actuators

I spoke to Matt at Uponor and he gave me a replacement part number A3010522 to replace either actuator.

I'll purchase more than the owner needs and keep a few in stock at his house for future failures.

Pump with integral air vent

@ March 20, 2014 11:56 AM in Pump with integral air vent

I like these Everon pumps. That air vent is just where it should be.

Found on a Navien boiler.

Sorry, can't seem to get it rotated properly.

Original Equipment

@ March 20, 2014 1:33 AM in Original Equipment

I thought I'd seen every kind of Honeywell zone valve until today. Installed in 1951, as old as I am.

Manifold Actuators

@ March 20, 2014 1:27 AM in Manifold Actuators

I picked up a job that needs some replacement Wirsbo (now Uponor) manifold actuators. There are two Wirsbo manifolds with different actuators. It would help me to identify the actuators part number.

Many thanks.

Noisy vents

@ March 18, 2014 6:25 PM in gorton valves

Radiator vents expel air when heating and draw in air when the boiler turns off. Your vent sounds as though it's doing its job.

You will get more attention if you re-post in the "Steam" forum.

I liked calling the B.C. office!

@ March 17, 2014 9:20 PM in Emergency contact info for Viessmann?

Sheen was the receptionist and she had a foxy voice.

Those old tools

@ March 17, 2014 11:18 AM in Thought some of you might enjoy this

are a treasure! To think that your grandfather used them in his daily work and now they are yours. I miss my grandfather, but have nothing of his to remember him by other than his grave site which I visit often.

Have you ever noticed the threaded lug on a rigid tristand? You can take a piece of 1" pipe and wedge it between the stand and a ceiling joist for stability so that the stand won't lift when threading. It's there, but I have never used it or seen it used.

Warranty

@ March 14, 2014 11:57 AM in Munchkin - failed HX

It's an 11 year old boiler and the HX is guaranteed for 12 years. HTP offered the owners 50% off on a Contender, but will also talk to them about another manufacturer. I'm interested to find out where it leaked, but won't be able to do any destructive analysis if we have to return the boiler for warranty.

Mark: Yes, I remember Pete Caruso and buying a dozen of the French Monitor boilers from him 15 years ago. I believe all are still running.

Munchkin - failed HX

@ March 13, 2014 9:15 PM in Munchkin - failed HX

Over the years, we must have installed over a hundred Munchkins and I still service them for my customers. Yesterday, I visited a job where we installed a Munchkin for radiant heat in 2003 and had cleaned the boiler 3 years ago. The customer told me that the pressure was at zero and she couldn't fill it and make the pressure hold. Often, it's a stuck open relief valve and I brought one with me, but no, I could hear water spraying in the combustion chamber and flowing out the drain.

That's a first for me, but the techie at HTP wasn't phased. "Just get them a new boiler".

Erie

@ March 9, 2014 9:03 PM in Hydrocoil system blowing cold air

That zone valve is a "Pop-Top" model; easy to replace the operator (motor), part number AG13A02A, 24 v., 2 position, normally closed.

Fan Coil

@ March 8, 2014 6:44 PM in Hydrocoil system blowing cold air

In 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.

Perhaps on some.

@ 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.

Some numbers

@ 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

I had the same thing

@ 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.

Coat Hangers and Solder

@ February 28, 2014 10:42 AM in Plumbing question

A 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.

The tenants

@ February 28, 2014 12:57 AM in Plumbing question

want 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.

The HW heater

@ February 27, 2014 7:15 PM in Original Equipment

is still in use, otherwise I would have snagged it.

That one is the larger size and I'll bet it weighs 600 lbs.

Plumbing question

@ February 27, 2014 7:01 PM in Plumbing question

I'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?

ARCO Wand

@ February 27, 2014 5:37 PM in Original Equipment

I 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.

Original Equipment

@ February 25, 2014 10:11 PM in Original Equipment

This 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.

B & G

@ February 17, 2014 1:25 AM in Bell and Gossett 100 mystery sounds

The 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.
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