Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
Joined on August 14, 2009
Last Post on December 1, 2013
@ October 25, 2013 7:11 PM in Caleffi TroubleshootingI've got a short in a 4-zone system; keeps burning out the transformer. I don't know if it's in the thermostats or the Caleffi zone valves (not telestats). Does anyone know the resistance reading on a good Caleffi motor?
@ October 24, 2013 3:27 PM in Sheetrock wall now or wait for new install................or at least, that's the way we do it.
But you might want to wait until you have an installer come in and look at it before you sheetrock. They might see it differently.
@ October 17, 2013 5:33 PM in I'm finishing up the seminar part of our business.with Ron to say that your knowledge lit a fire in me and it's still burning.
And along with Larry that we'd like to see you out West, business or pleasure.
@ October 16, 2013 12:00 AM in Webster Sylphon steam trapbut at this point, I don't want to upset the balance, if any. Most of the radiators heat properly and I'm afraid that if I start messing with the traps it will cause more problems.
All of the radiators are behind custom, non-removable enclosures with custom molding. If I want to get in there with my tools to work on the traps, the general contractor will have to tent around each radiator, remove the custom enclosure and then replace it. Obviously, the original builder thought that these traps and radiators would last forever.
The replacement elements require that the seats be removed and I don't know what it's like to remove a steam seat that's been there for 80 years.
@ October 14, 2013 11:41 PM in Webster Sylphon steam trapsupposed to look like? (Gordo, Steamhead)
Can someone post an infrared image of what a steam trap is supposed to look like?
@ October 14, 2013 11:17 AM in New setup mockup1) install a bypass around your fill valve for power purging.
2) I see that you want to install purge valves at the end of your returns. An easier way is to install a purge assembly. The piping is: boiler-hose bibb-ball valve-air eliminator with fill valve assembly-pump. You connect a hose to the hose bibb, close the ball valve, open the bypass around your fill valve and open one zone at a time. It purges everything; pumps, radiators, indirect, boiler........
@ October 13, 2013 1:39 PM in Munchkin HX leak---what are my options?epoxy to fix the leak until you come up with a solution. I see for sale in hardware stores specifically for fixing water leaks and from what I've seen from weekend warriors (homeowners), it works.
@ October 9, 2013 8:04 PM in Thermostat Questionof these instructions:
I believe that you want to connect your two wires to "R" and "W/Aux".
@ October 9, 2013 1:39 AM in Webster Sylphon steam trapunder the floor returns. All except a few are in the ceiling or disappear into the land of Oz.
@ October 8, 2013 6:50 PM in Webster Sylphon steam trapthat these traps are blown?
All the photos were taken soon after the boiler started steaming. The trap in the first picture was painted white, so I believe the readings are accurate. The traps in the two that follow are not painted and I believe the emissivity of the chrome finish is distorting the temperature readings. However, the outlet pipe below the trap is reading the same temperature as the inlet.
This house had 20 radiators and they all tested the same, i.e. trap outlet temperatures the same as trap inlet temperatures.
If all these traps are bad, how is the system able to operate? Most of the radiators work fine.
@ October 6, 2013 6:21 PM in Webster Sylphon steam trapSo you recommend replacing the seat as well? Kinda' makes sense.
Do you find that your infrared camera works well to test these traps? Do they clearly show a temperature differential between the trap inlet and outlet?
@ October 5, 2013 1:37 PM in Webster Sylphon steam trapOne of my customers was having problems with their 2-pipe steam radiators and I took apart one of the Webster traps. The element is attached to the cap and I'm wondering if they can be separated??? Also, who makes a replacement?
@ October 4, 2013 1:14 PM in draining/filling when radiators have TRVIf you remove the thermostatic head off the valve, it will allow the stem to extend out, opening the valve.
There is usually an allan setscrew that secures the head. Others are removed by just pulling them off.
@ October 4, 2013 1:46 AM in primary/secondaryis to wire it off the boiler if it has a pump relay.
If not, create you're own pump relay off the end switches as you say.
@ October 3, 2013 4:01 PM in Great ArticleAnother reason for heat loss calculations on all your jobs and not add anything to that number for an indirect.
I see Alpine boilers come up quite often on The Wall, but have no experience with them. Are they good?
I subscribed to the US Boiler Report here:
@ September 19, 2013 9:32 PM in high ceiling ... BB - Rads matter?Baseboard is a cheap solution for heating a room. The problem is, there is often not enough wall length to install enough BB to heat the room properly. And very often, whoever installs the BB doesn't do the math and installs less BB than required to heat the room properly.
Radiators look much better and are more expensive than BB. Often, homeowners will choose the cheaper solution.
As far as higher ceilings, a room with a 13 foot ceiling has more volume than the same room with a 7 foot ceiling. If there is an outside wall, there is more infiltration and the heating needs will be greater. Longer lengths of BB or a larger radiator.
Choose a good heating professional to make the calculations you need to size your heat emitter, whether it be BB or a radiator.
@ September 17, 2013 10:44 AM in You like cars?Closest I ever got to a Lamborghini.
@ September 9, 2013 9:16 PM in stainless vs stone lined on long island(Mr O' Brien)How would a Viessmann indirect stand up to these hard water conditions.Yes, they are stainless steel, less the anode rod, but those Germans, you know: they figure these things out.
@ September 5, 2013 9:09 PM in Solid vs Engineered Hardwood for OverpourI would do everything possible to get away from engineered flooring. It doesn't look anywhere like the real thing and like you said, it's bouncy which may be easy on the back, but it sure doesn't evoke solid quality.
Warmboard, Climate Panel, Raupanel, Quik Trak, Thermalboard..........whatever it takes.
@ September 5, 2013 11:22 AM in Which T&P Valve?Here in California, you have to use a relief valves rated higher than the input rating of the boiler.
Look at this chart (over 200,000 BTU) for correct sizing:
As far as the higher price, it's probably related to their insurance costs and not the manufacturing costs.
@ September 4, 2013 12:18 AM in what does the "f and m" mean in f&m fing?Help us out here.
@ September 3, 2013 7:21 PM in what does the "f and m" mean in f&m fing?FP&M (Frank Pattern & Manufacturing)?
Where do you see it?