Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
Joined on August 14, 2009
Last Post on March 8, 2014
@ December 27, 2013 7:41 PM in Condensate Hot-Water Heating FAQSpring or swing check valves will work as will flow control valves like this one:
@ December 26, 2013 9:59 PM in Bleeder valves stolen!! Grr...we need to know if you have a hot water or a steam system.Some pictures of the boiler and near-boiler piping would help.
@ December 26, 2013 12:02 PM in Low heat from hydronic baseboard radiatorsSystem design is crucial on a Mono-flow loop. Your ceiling loop has no problem with the upstairs convectors, but the hot water is buoyant and doesn't want to feed the lower floor convectors.
@ December 24, 2013 11:36 AM in Lost WiresI was able to use the end switch wire for the thermostat since there is a pressure differential bypass at the boiler, but the Fluke is on order. It seems a necessary item for my hydronics toolbox.
@ December 23, 2013 2:48 PM in Lost WiresI just picked up a job where the owner did his own work. Unexpectedly, halfway through the project, he died. There is one zone that is wired to the zone valve controller, but the wires do not appear in the room. I'm guessing they somehow got buried behind the sheetrock. Is there an instrument that can be connected to the wires in the boiler room that will send a signal through the wires that can then be picked up with a receiver at the other end?
@ December 23, 2013 12:08 PM in Recommendations for new flue gas analyzer- URGENT!It's been my handle ever since I started posting on The Wall, just to let people know where I'm from.
I had the url californiaradiant.com for years and then dropped it only to be picked up by a company with the same name in Santa Cruz.
@ December 22, 2013 7:42 PM in Recommendations for new flue gas analyzer- URGENT!Per your recommendations, I purchase a Bacharach Insight from TruTech. It's under the Christmas tree and I can't wait to break it in.
@ December 22, 2013 12:43 PM in High rise hydronic heating and chilled water piping supportsshould have guidelines. Out here, we follow IAPMO.
@ December 21, 2013 3:24 PM in Connecting circulators - flangesbut don't wail on it. Turn on the water and if it leaks, snug it up some more.
@ December 21, 2013 3:19 PM in My opinion of NEST on steamThanks for giving us the low down on the Nest thermostats. I was considering purchasing two of them for my radiant system, but I don't want one that will lock up on me or only respond when I wave my hand in front of it.
Also, displaying the setpoint vs. the actual room temperature is a drag. No way to change that in "settings"?
@ December 21, 2013 3:15 PM in Hot water baseboard heatingWould it be possible to start a new thread offering a brief synopsis of the problems with this newly installed system? I find it hard to read through so many posts to get to the true meat of BBHH's problems.
The main thing I picked up was that the pump for the indirect was piped wrong. I am also blown away by the installer's attitude and that he won't come back to fix things that BBHH is finding troublesome. Has the installer made an appearance here on The Wall?
@ December 12, 2013 11:32 PM in Hot water baseboard questionIt will work if you have less than twenty-five feet of BB in the second bedroom.
@ December 11, 2013 5:34 PM in Kudos,Ron Jr!As with Steamhead and Gordo, Ron is a superstar in my book. They are all charter members of Heating Help and have always been ready and willing to help others in need, be they homeowners or contractors. There is a special place in heaven for these men.
@ December 1, 2013 11:16 PM in Apprenticeship ModelToo bad people are so afraid to make it happen on a lager scale. Fear of unions and an overall paralysis is preventing us from moving forward. I'd like to see more unity.
@ December 1, 2013 9:20 AM in need a little informationStart with heat loss calc's for the house. If it's anywhere between 80 and 120,000 BTU's, my choice would be a Prestige Excellence as long as they would be happy with 3.5 GPM of DHW. If they need more, use a Prestige Solo Trimax with whatever size indirect is suitable.
@ November 30, 2013 4:07 AM in Hydronic Heating in Indiaand will be on the lookout even though we are heading further into the Rajasthani desert, close to Pakistan.
@ November 27, 2013 6:59 AM in Hydronic Heating in IndiaSo far I haven't found any, but people say it's in the newer office buildings and hotels. What I have seen here is a huge population ready to work and very industrious with an incredible history and beautiful artifacts. And some unusual plumbing.
@ November 25, 2013 11:41 PM in how to heat the boiler only when the thermostat calls for heatYour Hydrotherm boiler has a Honeywell H8148J 1009 (or a close relative) aquastat controller on the front of the boiler. If you remove the cover with the power off and tell us how it is wired, maybe we can help. If there are any peripheral controls, it could complicate things. The best bet is to hire a pro to figure it out.
@ November 18, 2013 9:48 PM in Spread some cheer... and news about your business!Putting your name and face out to your customers helps your business. We send out postcards around Sept. with a picture of me working on a boiler, reminding them to call me if they haven't seen me for awhile. I get excellent response from those cards and it reminds old customers that have forgotten me. It also connects you to the new homeowner if the house has been sold.
I can expect a boatload of service calls when I get home next year. Traveling in India at the moment.
@ November 11, 2013 4:54 PM in the video of noise the pipe makingCreate a YouTube video and post the link here.
@ November 11, 2013 10:25 AM in I lost a job to a company that did this:they got the job. Wrong is so much easier than right.
@ November 8, 2013 11:28 AM in Runtal baseboardsBaseboard (BB) has a built-in spacer that allows the heating element to be a couple of inches off the floor. It's part of the sheet metal enclosure and extends below the fins. Runtal radiators do not have that spacer.