Joined on September 1, 2009
Last Post on November 12, 2013
@ November 12, 2013 4:46 PM in replacement steam boilerBut if you want to go with a different brand the Burnham Megasteam is a great choice . Very beefy sections that will last decades. Real efficient and pretty quiet too. Sorry about it being sideways . Sent it from my phone .
@ November 12, 2013 4:33 PM in I lost a job to a company that did this:charged them accordingly for the 2 house calls !
@ October 26, 2013 3:14 PM in Thermostat Wiringyou have that 3rd wire . Around here no one runs that extra wire ! And a big callback problem is dead batteries ........
@ October 26, 2013 10:37 AM in Need feedbackto what you're comfortable with . Mine is at 65 when I'm home . 75 if the girls are home !
@ October 26, 2013 10:35 AM in Tankless coilI would maintain some temperature . The neoprene gaskets between the sections tend to leak if the boiler stays cold for a while . Maybe set the low limit to 120 to be safe .
@ October 26, 2013 10:32 AM in Diesel for home heating oil #2is being use in NYS for heating oil now . You can also use kerosene but that's kinda pricey !
@ October 23, 2013 8:12 PM in We're falling behindbe working when the drought of techs translates to big bucks !
@ October 22, 2013 6:15 PM in aquastat settingAnd is the boiler making hot water with a coil ?
@ October 22, 2013 4:07 PM in Lost A Very Good FriendHe sounded like a real good man Dave .
@ October 17, 2013 5:12 PM in Where do you do itMost specs call for the feed to be piped into the return . I've been piping them into the boiler itself ( lowest tapping in the boiler ) with no problems at all too . I like to pipe it so the fill valve or auto feeder are close to the sight glass
@ October 17, 2013 5:05 PM in I'm finishing up the seminar part of our business.It's very bittersweet you're going to retire from doing seminars . But you have more than earned it !
Needless to say you have made me the installer I am today . In more ways than one . And I'm very glad you're not going into full retirement anytime soon my good friend !
@ October 12, 2013 8:56 AM in Loud snap when furnace turns on and offSome manufacturers use isolation relays that sound like those snaps your kids throw at the ground to make em pop !
Bob could be right too , I've heard some loud gas valves open and shut too .
@ October 12, 2013 8:46 AM in Riello Burner Call but no actionPress it in and see if it cycles . If it goes out again I'll guess it needs a tuneup . Does the boiler make hot water with an indirect heater too ?
@ October 9, 2013 9:57 PM in Hartford Loop?Those pumps shoot water back so fast that it travels up the equalizer and hits steam . We install the HL anyway , as per manufacturer's specs .......... Can't risk the liability .
@ September 21, 2013 10:38 AM in Separate mains?separately into the boiler main . And with a boiler as severely oversized as yours , I'd increase the boiler main size as big as you can . This job required a 2 1/2 " main , we piped it in 3 " ( due to the fact we have a glut of 3 " fittings ! ) .
Good luck with the repipe .
@ September 21, 2013 10:28 AM in loop of steam boiler(jstar/jamie)?Is that nipple horizontal out of the Hartford Loop tee ? Does it bang only when the boiler is steaming ? What height is that tee in relation to the normal water line ? And what size piping is the equalizer and HL ?
If the tee is at the right height it sounds like the return water is shooting a little up the equalizer and hitting steam . It might have to be repiped into the boiler itself .
Is there an aquastat for the zone ?
@ September 21, 2013 9:39 AM in loop of steam boiler(jstar/jamie)?on opposite sides of the boiler ? I've done it this way a few times because some boilers have no extra tappings to connect a zone of water heat . If the tappings are in the same boiler section down low I'm not sure if it'll work too well . Was the zone heating up ? Was there an aquastat in the boiler ? Alot better to take the supply from the aquastat port in my opinion .
@ September 21, 2013 9:24 AM in Help: Leaking Drain Pipe On Side Of FurnaceIt's probably clogged right where the PVC adapter comes out of the AC drain pan . I'd also suggest adding a union there to make cleaning the drain line easier .
@ September 20, 2013 4:02 PM in outside top feed oil tank in masssleeved down a 1/2" tube is the way to go . Although I have seen 1/2 inch black pipe connected to the duplex bushing by itself and worked .
Most outside tanks around LI are top feed , but there's plenty of bottom feed tanks too . Our drivers dump treatment in outside tanks every fill up in winter . Not too many problems with gelling or freezing .
@ September 15, 2013 5:34 PM in Another Burnham V7 questionI'd suggest a simple bypass between the supply and return . The Burnham V8 manual shows how to pipe one in .
I've also heard the problem with the V7s were sections near the cleanouts were cast too square and thin . And water flowing past there eroded the iron .
@ September 15, 2013 5:25 PM in outside top feed oil tank in massWe use the sleeve method . We solder some 1/2 inch copper onto a male adapter and thread it into the bottom of the duplex . Then run some 3/8 soft down the pipe .
Why don't they allow bottom feed tanks outside ? Freeze ups ?
@ September 11, 2013 9:49 PM in pipe unions flow requirementsare the unions directional ?