Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
Joined on August 14, 2009
Last Post on December 1, 2013
@ November 22, 2009 7:28 PM in Customers Staring Over ShoulderI like the company, but if I don't like the person for some reason or if I need to concentrate, I tell the person (nicely) that I start making mistakes if I'm not alone.
I notice that it's usually my female customers that hang around. They seems more curious and less apt to be embarrassed about watching me. I try to engage them in conversation; people love talking about their kids, favorite restaurants, travel, favorite meals to prepare, etc.
@ November 20, 2009 12:09 PM in Wireless Thermostatsagain. I've searched the threads for info., but some of the model numbers have been discontinued.
receiver: RX-3 (3 zones)
Can someone please provide current model numbers and more important, include any feedback and experience you've had with these thermostats, good and bad. I have a customer with a single zone system who wants more control of his system. The return manifold is in the garage next to the boiler and all ½" loops are available for the installation of zone valves.
@ November 11, 2009 8:02 PM in Boiler electrical protectionto use one on a Viessmann Vitodens that was acting up about 3 years ago. Ended up buying a Panamax M4T-EX Power Conditioner and haven't heard a peep from the owner since.
@ November 6, 2009 2:15 PM in knocking radiatorDo you have steam heating or hot water heating?
@ November 6, 2009 11:06 AM in K L or Mwhat to use:
M - Most installers
L - Limited use
K - Knuckleheads or government work
@ November 4, 2009 11:49 AM in old cast iron boiler tempI presume you have cast iron radiators? That is a fairly large boiler; you must have a big house.
Your outdoor reset control should be able to monitor return water temperatures. Make sure it limits return water temperatures to above 130° to protect your boiler from condensing . And to answer your question, minimum supply temperature should be 150° or above.
@ November 2, 2009 12:12 AM in Cleaning a Corian White SinkMy countertops are Corian. I'm no clean freak so they oftten get stained, but wash off easily with a wet sponge.
What caused the stain?
@ October 27, 2009 7:50 PM in Triangle Tube Prestige Excellence BoilerThe Prestige (heating only) and Excellence (Heating and DHW) are both top shelf boilers; easy to install, simple programming and trouble free operation.
The only drawback to the Excellence is that it doesn't put out a lot of domestic hot water; only about 3.5 gallons per minute. That means you can use one fixture at a time; any more than that and the delivery temperature will drop.
@ October 23, 2009 4:58 PM in found problem?
Whatever it is, it looks small. Is that big enough to cause the banging?
@ October 8, 2009 7:52 PM in 25 - 30,000 btu gas direct vent wall heater questionOn page 4, dimension B shows minimum clearance to a operable window. If you're in Canada, it's 12" and if you're in the US, it's 9". Sometimes it's better being a Canuk.
@ October 1, 2009 8:20 PM in Runaway Pressuretrol..."Or is 4oz the cut-in and 10oz the cut-out?"
@ October 1, 2009 7:14 PM in Runaway Pressuretrol...is broken. Whatever senses the increase in pressure (a spring?) is not working properly.
I'd get a Vaporstat and set it to operate between 4 and 10 oz. The wiring should be exactly the same, i.e. break on rise.
@ October 1, 2009 6:42 PM in looking for a swivel 90* elbowVictualic........that's the only thing I can think of.
@ September 29, 2009 5:43 PM in Danfoss Zone Control PanelThis is an old installation; 6 years ago when Danfoss built pre-plumbed panels. In this particular one, they used a Heat Timer DRC outdoor reset control that powered a Danfoss ABNV head on a mixing valve. Unfortunately, this control does not work anymore (it does not send an "output" to open the valve) and Heat Timer no longer makes them and they don't make a replacement; best they have is a variable speed pump control, so I'd have to re-pipe it.
Anyone know of a control I can simply switch with the DRC? tekmar? Taco?
@ September 25, 2009 11:57 AM in small packaged pump and heat exchangerX-Pump Block
@ September 21, 2009 8:45 PM in ParisOzone is oxygen gas with an additional oxygen atom - O³. My guess is that they bubbled ozone through water in the cylinder and then dispensed it.
Robert: No problem taking pictures in the men's room; I made sure I was alone. Some of those bathrooms were so small I had to step outside the room to get a picture with everything in. BTW, Parisiennes like their hot water very hot, like 150°, 160°, unheard of in this country with our lawsuit mongers.
Dan: I could have easily spent another 10 days there. We hardly touched the list of things we wanted to do.
At night - any night - people would head down to the banks of the river Seine with a picnic dinner and plenty of alcohol and party until very late and watch the tour boats go by.
We managed to snag an apartment that a friend of mine let me stay in. I wanted to be able to prepare some meals at home and not dine out all the time. But what he didn't tell me was that it was a walk-up 5th floor apartment - no elevator. Even with all the stairs, I managed to gain 4 pounds.
We visited the Pere-Lachaise cemetary; wanted to see Jim Morrison's grave, but they moved him because of all the unwanted attention and theatrics of his fans. But many others are buried there: Alice B. Toklas, Gertrud Stein, Oscar Wilde, Chopin .............
@ September 20, 2009 5:23 PM in ParisJust returned from a 10-day trip to Paris with my girlfriend. Of course, I had to take pictures of any plumbing and heating I came across:
Click on "slideshow".
All of the bathrooms were very small; none, except at airports were handicapped accessible and hardly any of the toilet seats would stay up so you could pee; you had to stand beside the toilet and hold it up with your knee or just sit. down. All the bathrooms were very clean.
We visited a museum called Musee Nissim de Camondo that was a house built by a wealthy Turkish banker to live out his life in splendor, but as it happened, was filled with tragedy. His son died as a pilot in WWI, his wife left him for the Italian trainer of her husband's horses and his daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren died in Auschwitz. He died alone in an empty house.
He loved everything 18th century and his house was built and furnished in this style.
I was intrigued by the toilet in the master bathroom; it must have had the oldest flushometer I've ever seen and the actuator seems driven by differential water pressure via the plunger to the side of the toilet. See picture below.
Also, in the kitchen pantry was a device above the sink called a ozoneator which sterilized the drinking water. I'll let you figure out how it worked.
@ September 18, 2009 3:57 PM in Pressuretrol, Cut In / Cut Out Question"Cut in is at .5 and the inside dial (differential) is set to 1."
This is perfect; don't touch it.
Your first paragraph says your differential is set at 4 and in the above paragraph you say it's set at 1. If it's at 4, drop it down to 1.
Yes, you can install a tee after the pigtail and add a gauge and yes, the pigtail is filled with water so that steam won't damage the pressuretrol.
@ August 30, 2009 8:15 PM in Steam Heater that won't turn offI'm in Berkeley if you want to give me a ring. Call me anytime.
@ August 30, 2009 8:10 PM in Paging Alan (California Radiant) Forbes............in Berkeley, just across the bay from SF. I'm going to The City tomorrow to get a new passport, but was planning on taking public transport. I'll chime in on the thread; may end up taking my truck if she wants a visit.
Thanks for thinking of me, Frank.
@ August 30, 2009 5:03 PM in black pipe to copper - brass fittings?attach copper directly to the black iron since you have a closed system and the water is free of oxygen.
Those fittings that you have are called copper x male adaptors, Typically, you see these as wrot, i.e. copper fittings. I believe they also make them cast (brass), but they may be hard to find and/or a special order by the box.
@ August 26, 2009 7:28 PM in Dielectric coupling for higher tempa closed system, you don't need dielectric protection. Without oxygen in the water, there's no place for electrons to go.