Joined on September 2, 2009
Last Post on December 6, 2012
@ December 6, 2012 8:54 PM in Recommendation for Main Repairgot the new section piped in. as of this pic, still have a couple hangars to add and insulation... so far all the joints are tight.
couldn't resist slicing a couple sections of the old pipe... the wall along the bottom had deteriorated to less than half the width, and had blown right through in a few spots where the water had pooled.... sure am glad i replaced the whole section.
thanks to for the advice.
@ December 3, 2012 3:44 PM in Recommendation for Main Repairi've decided to replace the entire 14' section, and i've got a plan to pipe in a end of main drip and return, which will address the water collection issue.
but i'm thinking that i do not need to replace that length of main with 2" pipe. this section serves the last two radiators, representing 18% of the connected load for this main.
can i use 1-1/2 for this final run instead? it's simplier... and of course less expensive for the fittings.
@ December 2, 2012 4:01 PM in Recommendation for Main Repairvery helpful posts. yes, that reducing T is where the water
collects. need to fix the real problem here.
this is concurrent flow for the main. the whole section (including
reducing t and short 1-1/2" length) is about 14', 8' of it is unsupported. this
is what you see in the accompanying pic. the main is pitched to the final
elbow, BUT the small run outs are pitched back to the main, contributing to the
I had considered cutting the section about 4' back from the reducing T. see
close up pic of pipe condition. it's rusty and pitted on the surface, but seems
solid. however, I uncovered the next closest fitting (see pic) and contrary to
my earlier post, I think have enough room work should I choose to remove the
I like the idea of running 2" pipe to the end. I’m thinking I need to add
a drip at the end though, to give condensate from the counter-flow run outs and
any leftover from the main someplace to go. perhaps replace the final elbow
with a T with an eccentric reducing fitting and then drop and connect in to the
dry return? open to ideas on how to re-pipe this sucker so I don’t have to
revisit this issue.
@ December 2, 2012 12:12 PM in Recommendation for Main Repairthanks NBC. i should have included in my earlier post that the location of the next fitting 12' away is right next to a masonry wall, making your recommended approach that much more of a challenge (see pic)... it's a tough spot to make the cuts you suggest. so i think i can only hope that enough heat and torque will release that fitting. the flip side of re-threading is problematic too, as you point out. ugh. am i missing something? is there another approach?
@ November 30, 2012 11:38 AM in Recommendation for Main RepairI'm considering a 2" main repair; the section is at the end of the main - see pics. The system has been losing water, and this seems to be the place where it's happening... the last section of the main and the last two 1-1/2" run-outs appear to be rotten. (Insulation was added a just few years ago. I removed it for these pics.)
My plan was to cut the main back about 2' from the last T (where a wrap repair had been attempted), and re-thread using a manual threader. The main is about 7' above the floor, and I have about 3" clearance from some copper piping that runs alongside the main. My local tool rental shop has a 4-wheel cutter that should allow me to sever the pipe in its current position. (I'll need to sawzall the run outs since they weren't installed with unions...)
The other option is to attempt removal of the main back to the closest junction, a T about 12' closer to the boiler. This section runs through two masonry walls, and would be challenging to pull out and expensive to reinstall new.
I suppose if the threading fails, I could then proceed to removing the big section, but I’d rather just pick the right approach to begin with. Thoughts, input, recommendations are welcome and appreciated.
@ October 10, 2012 11:47 AM in Water hammer in dry return...- test the hoffman 4A on the return. is it venting at the start of a cycle?
- is the dry return where you get the hammer properly pitched back towards the boiler?
- if these two items are not issues, perhaps the vertical segment of the return is not a properly sized, such that condensate fills it and backs up into the horizontal portion. this might be complected y the check valve if also is not operating properly
i'm not sure if changing the location of where the dry return drops into the loop would make a difference. but i'm not a pro, and perhaps one can comment on any inherent flaws in the design of your return/loop system.
i have dry returns, but a simpler design, where both dry returns (in attached pic they are in the background, equalizer in the foreground) drop vertically and thereby become wet. they then link together form the bottom of the loop. no check valve.
hope this helps.
@ October 9, 2012 1:05 PM in uh oh . . .i loved my VXT auto feeder. at first.
then i discovered it was leaking (only a couple years old) - albeit slowly... but i ended up with a flooded boiler. so this thread seemed very familiar.
it took some time, but hydro-level honored their warranty, and i replaced it... but i agree with others here - an auto feeder can be a false sense of security...
not saying you'll have that issue if you go with a VXT, but it is another link in the chain that can break. just FYI.
@ October 9, 2012 12:43 PM in return vent sizingthanks nbc...
so what's your take on this? is it worth relocating all the vents to the dry returns?
or maybe just add a couple #1s there and see how it goes?
@ October 9, 2012 11:00 AM in return vent sizingso fixing my friend's main vents i had gotten me to thinking about the physical location of the main vents on my one-pipe steam system. it's a 225K dunkirk, covering four apartments and about 3000 sf of livable space. it's always been a challenge balancing the system. it's not bad, but i'm always fussing with it. i laughed when NBC said i'd end up with a pile of radiator vents - yep - i've been there. i wondered if it made a difference if i added vents to the returns in addition to the ones located at the ends of the mains themselves. so i temporarily re-purposed the low pressure gauge (0-20 oz) i have paired with my vapor-stat and measured the back pressure at both dry return locations (pic attached). much to my surprise, the needle hardly moved during the venting phase (which for me is more like 8-10 minutes from a cold start). maybe a 1/2 an ounce. that's it.
so what does this mean? is the system sufficiently vented? would adding additional vents to the dry returns be overkill?
and, does it even matter where they are located? i see a lot of sense in installing them at the dry return location, for reasons stated in this thread... i went through a lot of work to install the main vents at the ends of the mains. but could i have accomplished the same thing by installing them on the dry returns near the boiler instead?
@ October 9, 2012 10:31 AM in return vent sizinghello -
a follow up on my first issue... i replaced the main vents as advised on my buddy's small system, worked like a charm! pics attached. however, someone had turned the pressuretrol all the way up, damaging the radiator vents, all but one is functioning, so i've ordered hoffman 40's to replace them as NBC suggested. thanks!
i'll post separately on my main vent issue...
@ September 29, 2012 12:31 AM in return vent sizingThanks NBC. Any thoughts on the positioning of vents on the returns on a system that already has the mains vented?
@ September 28, 2012 3:04 PM in return vent sizinghi all -
i'm assiting a friend with turning up a one-pipe system (small sucker for about a 1800 sf home, about 22 feet of 2" main, and baout 15' of 1.5" main). 2 vents are located at the ends of the dry returns (poor little buggers.. pics attached). the run outs do not have returns, only on the mains themselves. that's it.
so i;'m planning on replacing the return vents pictured with Gorton #1's, but would ask:
- is that enough?
- should i isolate the vents from the elbows to the loop (as is suggested in this thread:
this matter got me thinking about my own system, where i do not have the dry returns with their own vents. I installed locations for them, so they are easily added, but I chose to vent the mains near the end of the runs. so, as a more general question, is venting on dry return where you otherwise have venting on the mains a good idea? my system runs well, but if opening up the dry returns to venting gets me condensate returning that much faster, i think i'd like to try it.
@ December 11, 2011 3:22 PM in Hoffman 1A Shelf Life?hey thanks crash. yea, i know exactly what you mean... i've come up with my own method to make sure I wasn't accidentally covering up the orifice.. i like your method bit better ;-)
the "new" ones I installed, when I shake them, don't sound like the float is moving around freely. they stay shut, even after a heat cycle. case in point, I removed one from a rad that was stone cold during prior cycles, started a new heat cycle, and with the open value port, that un-restricted rad became red hot in minutes. of course I had to mop up all the condensate from the floor ;-) Pretty weird.
@ December 11, 2011 2:13 PM in Hoffman 1A Shelf Life?I bought a lot of 1As off ebay, and it looks like they are old stock - the date code says J01 - which i assume is Jan 2001. I've had trouble with a few of them... Do 1A's have a shelf life?
@ December 11, 2011 2:09 PM in Defective Gorton#1?thanks rod - your post reminded me that the 75 is taller in stature than the gorton (i think), and i have some ceiling height constraints; the smaller gortons were a better fit. if the replacement is a problem, i may go this direction though... thx.
@ December 11, 2011 12:05 AM in Defective Gorton#1?still wide open... steam pouring out of it. sending it back to pex supply. i wish my local suppliers carried these. i know the gortons are preferable, but what is an equivalent Hoffman to a #1?
@ December 10, 2011 9:10 PM in Defective Gorton#1?thanks steamhead.
should i use a detergent, or something else to clean it?
@ December 10, 2011 9:04 PM in Defective Gorton#1?Yesterday, I installed a brand new shiny Gorton #1. I heard a blowing sound from it during a firing cycle for longer that seemed warranted. It's next door neighbor, (a two year old #1) was silent. I pulled the new one, let it cool down, and the darn thing was stuck open (I also noticed that my VXT feeder had kicked on in the last 24 hours, which is rare, so my boiler was clearly losing steam). It took a pretty good slam on a counter top to knock the interior mechanism loose. Is it defective?
@ December 6, 2011 8:25 PM in New Weil McLain LGB-7?rod - i've taken your advice. will provide updates as the picture becomes clearer. thanks everyone for the interest.
@ December 5, 2011 8:27 AM in more venting, another rad, and / or bigger pipe?so this story wraps up this way: after a the change i described and some slight fiddling with rad vents, the so-called "cold" apt and "hot" apt are heating in unison, i mean right on the money. NICE, right?? well, now the tenant in the former "hot" apt is complaining that she "feels" cold! &^%##%^&**!!
this would be an example of when a balanced system, even when accomplished, is not appreciated. oh well.
@ December 4, 2011 1:15 PM in New Weil McLain LGB-7?what the difference between them? how would i know if i currently have one versus the other? it looks like a tank and pump piped into the wet return system, separated off by a trap. i don't want to use these terms interchangeably if there is a difference...
@ December 4, 2011 11:19 AM in New Weil McLain LGB-7?as usual, i get excellent advice from this forum. thanks rod. you are right, there is a lot to take in on this project. based on my experience with my small system, i suspect a lot of things, and can ask a lot of questions, but as you point out, this requires higher level of expertise, instead of guess work. i do trust our contractor, and likewise, i believe the rep believes what he is saying. however, the details and scope of this demand greater attention. in particular, the feed system intrigues me. i think nbc is right when he says it was a band aid; the question is, what is the ultimate factor that led someone in the past to believe it was needed? i could use some help with that detective work. i'll keep you all posted on our progress.