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Last Post on December 10, 2013
@ November 9, 2013 6:53 AM in converting gravity system to pump forstgreat articles... http://www.heatinghelp.com/article-categories/332/Gravity-Hot-Water-Heating
generally speaking you can cut your piping in half and then reduce 1 pipe size. So 1" will work. DONT over pump it! a small circulator will work fine. you are trying to mimic the gravity flow.
@ November 6, 2013 6:09 PM in GLOWCORE SPARKold thread that has a good deal of info. That is a REALLY old boiler fraught w/ issues. I think you got your moneys worth out of it.
@ November 2, 2013 4:45 PM in Older H.B. SMITH Boiler Helpbe best to start a new thread. Not super familiar / the model but I would guess that the burner was inserted too deep into the chamber.
@ October 31, 2013 8:37 PM in HomeownerThe only real option. The bubble stuff is TOTAL garbage. The blue-board is tried and true. You have 1 chance to do it right. here is a link w/ more info.
@ October 31, 2013 8:23 PM in Looking for alternatives to heating my old, large housethe plan on insulation you figured for but I also have an old house(1800) and did a less conventional way. Since I really did not want to deal w/ siding pull off and repair I had a insulation contractor drill holes through the plaster and blow in rockwool. The balloon framing made it easier and it filled nicely. I then patched the outside holes as I was redoing the walls anyways.
When they did windows make sure they pulled out the window weights and stuffed them w/ batts. The previous owner had new windows installed and they never did them...so I had to do it.
@ October 31, 2013 6:10 PM in Mono flow kicking my butt....I have a ball valve on the return line w/ a bleeder on it. bleed it a lot. Will 10' make that much a difference? Would a set of reducer couplings be a better match to divert more water to the branch?
Im also having an issue getting water up to the 2nd fl. 2 mono flows yes 10-12' apart and the bleeder up there is getting bled of air. No ball valve in the return. It worked fine until I touched it.... ugh. There is an air scoop there but not installed as I would have done. (only 4 inches off the 90) I jacked up the pressure to 25 and let it run all night. Wondering about adding the dish soap thing ME has done....that is if its an air issue.
@ October 30, 2013 6:59 PM in Mono flow kicking my butt....I was asked to install a panel rad and kick space heater in a remodel.... I
The existing set up is fairly old but has a new boiler installed by someone else. The loop is driven by a grundfos 15-58. I added two red ring 1.25" x 1/2" tees. Spaced 20" apart. The panel rad is a short run maybe 6'total run and below the main. The toe kick above the main and maybe total 10 feet total run. Run in pex for both. I ran them in series against my better judgement.. Not getting flow... Added a bleeder at the end of the run bleed out everything. Still no flow. Ideas anyone?
@ October 30, 2013 6:45 PM in PolyB in-floor heatingThan likely is not the problem per se. The lack of the O2 barrier is. If you separate the radiant from the boiler that is the best approach. This is done w. a heat exchanger of some type. taco makes an X- block which is plug and play...just 1 way to do it. The other option is to chemically add oxygen inhibitors to the system every year to keep the corrosion at bay. I use a product called Rhomar that has helped me in one system. Clean the System first then add the inhibitor. You can do the glycol if you really think you need it....they make that too. I am not a fan of glycol as a rule because it does require maintenance every year.
@ October 28, 2013 10:47 PM in Tool bags....What do you guys use.... I am tired of the ones that you can lose a wrench or small tubing cutter in. Is there one that just has pockets w/o "storage" Makes them prone to be heavier than they need to be.
@ October 28, 2013 7:53 AM in Lochinvar WHN keeps tripping Reliefthe spirovent apart. Do you have some pix? What size are the circs? and what size in the boiler? Purging out the old gravity part will be a bit of a challenge as you cant "purge" out each rad. Gotta rely on the bleeder vents... How well did you clean the old gravity piping? There is a lot of old ferrous stuff that can gum up a system especially if a gianonni HX is involved.
@ October 27, 2013 9:04 AM in Our first gravity fed hot water systemput some pressed fiberglass insulation back onto the piping. If they are un- insulated you will be losing heat to an area that it wasn't designed to go. Potentially it will slow response time. I am kind of surprised that in the Midwest where FHA is king that they have a gravity system..... Gravity as you know was a Canadian import.
@ October 26, 2013 5:19 PM in Peerless Purfiremanual. it has an exploded diagram. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCoQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.peerlessboilers.com%2FDesktopModules%2FBring2mind%2FDMX%2FDownload.aspx%3FEntryId%3D373%26PortalId%3D0%26DownloadMethod%3Dattachment&ei=-jBsUov1IM2LkAf3q4HIAQ&usg=AFQjCNFZX--mFbYFGnWTmVGbv63KBdhkCQ&sig2=jKgveq7wdLy_bifwI9Mpcg
@ October 25, 2013 9:28 PM in Our first gravity fed hot water systemlocated? Gravity is nice.... is there still no circulator on there?
@ October 23, 2013 9:20 PM in hydronic leaks90 degree elbows would work. This would give you some flex. One up , 1 over 6", 1 down and one back to get in line.
@ October 23, 2013 8:59 PM in Bosch Greenstar Combi 100 / Not sufficiently heating three zonesThe plastic fittings are not rated for heat on the 1" pex. I have about 4 of these Greenstar boilers installed and that is not how to pipe them. I think you spent more time in the manual than the installer. Is this install in Vermont? FW Webb has plenty of training on these boilers.
@ October 19, 2013 12:27 AM in code man says my DHW tank has to go as a heat source What now?http://www.bradfordwhite.com/natural-gas-combination-water-heaters-atmospheric-vent
@ October 17, 2013 7:38 AM in Buderus G205....that is a bit helpful. I was asking because I see a used one for purchase.
@ October 14, 2013 10:34 PM in Good ballcock / fill valve?w/ the 400A? The pro series is beefier.
@ October 14, 2013 5:51 PM in Trying to find new covers for recessed radiatorshave them power washed or sand blasted. Then you can powder coat or spray paint them w/ a matching color.
If you modify them you are more than likely going to make them less efficient. I have seen folks make them out of wood and the results look good just no heat great.
@ October 14, 2013 12:21 AM in Will it work?If it is piped to specs. Furthermore it is a match made in heaven.