Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
Joined on August 14, 2009
Last Post on December 1, 2013
@ March 18, 2013 9:43 PM in I've always found better musicians here!I've always loved music, but never had an affinity for learning to play. Living in Berkeley, ethnic music is all over and I quickly picked up on Indian music and the tabla. Esoteric here, ubiquitous in Muslim and Hindu countries; I studied and played for 10 years. More than anything, it taught me how to appreciate music.
@ March 10, 2013 10:00 PM in 100 Year Old Boiler Heat ExchangerToo pretty to go into landfill.
@ March 7, 2013 1:00 AM in Sidewall Venting:But they are 12" above grade - the lower grade. That is the grade level where the vent terminates, no?
And as far as the distance from a window, door or other opening, you have to look at the manufacturer's instrucrtions; sometimes a 4' string, sometimes a 12" string.
We don't get snow here. Maybe I would think differently if I saw how snow impacts these kinds of installations.
@ March 3, 2013 11:23 PM in Source for washers?is a specialty house for repair parts; plumbing and heating. If you can't find a direct replacement in their catalog, do like Ken says and make your own. Sexauer has sheet packing available; catalog #066829 for 1/8" thickness.
Crest/Good is another source for quality repair parts - (800)862-7378
The people that answer the phones at the above phone numbers presume that you know the catalog numbers of what you want; they get real testy when you start asking questions. I give out their phone numbers so that you can ask for the contact information of your local rep. who may be more willing to bird dog the part you need.
@ February 27, 2013 1:19 PM in DHW recirculating pump & Circulator Remote Bulb Aquastat,Once the water temperature reaches the setpoint, it turns the pump off. They are installed so that the pump is not always running, saving electricity. And when the water cools below the differential, the aquastat will turn the pump on again.
Timers can also be added so that along with temperature, the pump will only operate when the building is occupied.
@ February 26, 2013 1:02 PM in Off-topic: wall-hung toiletsI like the wall-mounted toilets a lot. The Grohe carriers and Toto toilets work well, save a lot of space and have a very sleek design.
This photo shows one of five we installed in a Berkeley house in 2002. It's a Geberit carrier and from what I remember, a Duravit toilet. Over the years, I've only had to replace one part in the flush mechanism. Very reliable.
As far as installing the carrier, there's a bit of a learning curve as with anything new. Just make sure your 2 x 6 wall is stout.
@ February 25, 2013 1:56 PM in Hot Water Heat with cold rooms furthest from the boilerPaul and catluver: I agree with N/A that you have a flow problem. Air may be the culprit since it will reduce and may even stop flow. In some systems (i.e. MonoFlo), it may be very difficult to remove, but there is hope. Call someone in that knows how to purge air from a system. Power purging, adding air vents and valves or just finding that hidden valve that some guy before you installed when he had the same problem. There is also the ME Dawn method:
@ February 25, 2013 1:38 PM in favorite zone valve?I think we must have tried almost every domestic zone valve over the years; Honeywell, Taco ESP, Flair..............Honeywell zone valves were only able to tolerate fluid temperatures of 200* and ambient temperatures of 100*. After 1996 (product date code 9601), they upgraded to 240* and 130* respectively. I've replaced quite a few operators; many HO were upset.
I just want the damn thing to last at least 10 years. That's why we like Danfoss.
I also like Caleffi.
@ February 21, 2013 11:45 AM in Tankless CoilI'll put my infrared thermometer to work and check the outlet temperature. What if the temperature fluctuates at the coil?
@ February 20, 2013 2:15 PM in Tankless CoilThey aren't very popular out West and out of over 700 customers, I only have one that has a tankless coil in his boiler. It's a Crown G55 and I've been servicing it for about 15 years now; never a problem with his DHW until recently when the hot water will cool down when running any of the fixtures except the shower.. Any ideas for a solution.
As you might have gathered, I have no experience with a tankless coil.
@ February 20, 2013 11:36 AM in Antique Toiletwhen you just get tired of dicking around with a troublesome artifact and you want to make your life simpler. I love that gorgeous curved china tank and the elegance of the fixture..............the remembrance of a bygone era, but when push comes to shove, I'd replace it with a nice Toto so that I can do my business without worrying about the ceiling below falling down.
@ February 19, 2013 11:37 AM in Pump QuestionI've gotten better at being able to use my meter for testing voltage and resistance, but don't know how to test a capacitor to see if it's any good. Can one of you techies educate me?
@ February 16, 2013 10:45 PM in Still manually drawing radiant loops?I purchased LoopCAD last year for a couple of upcoming jobs and have been very pleased with the product and the Webinars that are available that show you how to use the product. Easy to upload the plans, set the scale, delineate the rooms, add windows and doors and then start drawing loops. Yes, there's a learning curve and it can be frustrating when you don't get it right. But if you use it regularly, it's a fantastic tool.
@ February 16, 2013 1:17 PM in What business lessons did you learn from the Great Recession?- Savor the service work. No matter how busy you get with large, contract work, make time for service and repair. It's a good fall-back when times are tough. And you learn a lot about bad equipment and systems.
- Spend less on advertising and more effort on getting good reviews on Internet bulletin boards and neighborhood websites.
- Be good to your customers and treat them like family. If you do, they will put you in their will.
- And smile. A smile goes a long way.
@ February 14, 2013 4:35 PM in WRONGLY PIPEDI would call the contractor up directly and tell him that you are having problems with the installation of the new boiler: ferocious banging in the piping that wasn't there before. Say that you have reviewed the instruction manual and the way he piped it was not the way the manufacturer specified and that you would like him to come back and correct the installation. He may hum and haw and try to get out of it, but you should persist in a nice way.
Can you take some pictures of the piping and boiler and post them here? We'd like to them.
@ February 7, 2013 10:49 PM in MONOFLOW GPMoutput is 500 BTU/foot and you design for a 20 degree temperature drop, that's an output of 192,500 BTU with a flow rate of 19.25 GPM.
@ February 5, 2013 8:49 PM in Baxi boiler issueHave you called Marathon? They are the North American rep.- (800)461-4657.
From what I've heard and it may be just a rumor, a Korean group has purchased the company. Most if not all of the familiar techies are gone; Jamie, Roy, Aaron, Mike.....