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Ron Jr.

Ron Jr.

Joined on September 1, 2009

Last Post on December 22, 2013

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Merry Christmas to you Matt !

@ December 22, 2013 12:19 PM in A merry Christmas and Happy New Year - MAD DOG

And everyone else who frequents The Wall !

Going good Bill !

@ December 22, 2013 12:18 PM in purging hotwater boiler

How are things with you ? 

Had that happen too

@ December 21, 2013 1:15 PM in Boiler Pressure Spike while under heat

with new expansion tanks . The diaphragm gets stuck to the sides and it doesnt pull off when you fill the boiler . We always listen for the small pop when filling the system . 

We feed the boiler both ways

@ December 21, 2013 1:11 PM in purging hotwater boiler

Like Ice said , theres more than one good place to pipe the boiler feed into .

Lately we've been feeding the boilers up high in the airscoop with cold water . Before that we'd tee it into the return . Easier to know when you're done if the return pipe gets hot when purging . The only drawback is you have to wait for the boiler to heat back up . Usually after each zone purge . 4 zones takes a while !

 Connecting a washing machine hose from a nearby water heater to the bottom of the boiler works too . Just make sure the boiler relief is piped into a bucket !

It vents

@ December 21, 2013 1:03 PM in Where does the air go?

out the top of the Tigerloop  . Once the air is out the floats close the vent . Every once in a while you get a whiff of oil from it !

Im a fan of Peerless too

@ November 12, 2013 4:46 PM in replacement steam boiler

But 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 .

I hope you

@ 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 ! 

Only if

@ October 26, 2013 3:14 PM in Thermostat Wiring

you have that 3rd wire . Around here no one runs that extra wire !  And a big callback problem is dead batteries ........

Set it

@ October 26, 2013 10:37 AM in Need feedback

to what you're comfortable with . Mine is at 65 when I'm home . 75 if the girls are home ! 

In that particular boiler

@ October 26, 2013 10:35 AM in Tankless coil

I 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 #2

is being use in NYS for heating oil now . You can also use kerosene but that's kinda pricey ! 

Hoping to still

@ October 23, 2013 8:12 PM in We're falling behind

be working when the drought of techs translates to big bucks ! 

What model number is the aquastat ?

@ October 22, 2013 6:15 PM in aquastat setting

And is the boiler making hot water with a coil ?

Very sorry to hear about your friend

@ October 22, 2013 4:07 PM in Lost A Very Good Friend

He sounded like a real good man Dave . 

Jstar is right

@ October 17, 2013 5:12 PM in Where do you do it

Most 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 ! 

I think it's a relay too

@ October 12, 2013 8:56 AM in Loud snap when furnace turns on and off

Some 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 . 

Is the reset button lit up ?

@ October 12, 2013 8:46 AM in Riello Burner Call but no action

Press 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 ?

Exactly !

@ 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 .

Definitely pipe the system mains

@ 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 .

4 inch nipple

@ 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 ? 

Are the tappings for suplly and return

@ 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 . 
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