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@ March 3, 2011 5:38 PM in Asbestos in burner chamber?

asbestos. It is a ceramic fiber. Still it is not stuff to mess around with a lot..... depaening on how much fell out you are most likely ok. That is a dry base boiler. kpc


@ March 1, 2011 10:12 AM in Radiator banging

like the boiler is not properly piped...specifically near boiler piping. Could also be oil in the system... but we would need pict. of the set to confirm. break out the digital camera.

I am no expert....

@ February 28, 2011 12:17 AM in Condensing Boilers and 2PSI Gas

although I just did a pretty large 2 psi sysste, w/ 4- 200k  FHA furnaces, 1- 380k Noritz, and a bunch of commercial  kitchen stuff... I used a Maxitrol 325-7L on the tankless. I ran 3/4"  black to the regulator then 1" out to the tankless. It works fine. It was pointed out to me that you should have a fair amount of pipe down stream from where you come out of the regulator ....say 15'-20'. Is this NAT or LP?

its the way....

@ February 27, 2011 8:36 PM in banging pipes that wake the dead - please help!

they installed the zone valves. Either they installed them backwards and/or they ahve them too close to the cirulator. Whaen both are open and one closes you get a problem called hydraulic jump. You could move the zone valves to the opposite side or installa diff. circulator... a grundfos 15-55 alpha would be ideal.

Veggie oil.... in oil....?

@ February 24, 2011 10:45 AM in Veggie oil.... in oil....?

Here in NH I am hearing of problems w/ soot and Coke buildup on turbulators as a rumor of oil quality issues. Suposedly there was am issue w/ Peanut or veggie ol,that was not food grade and it was added straight to the oil mix at  the regional depot... (not as Bio fuel) now there are these issues poping up all over So. NH and Maine.... adding 4in1 Hot or FuelRite does not help)  Anyone heard of this happening elsewhere? kpc

One more thing....

@ February 23, 2011 5:32 PM in My burner has no expansion tank?

systems w/ conventional expabsion tank should NOT have air vents in them. I see TWO in your  2nd pix. Close those off. This could be part of the reason you lost the charge in the tank.... kpc


@ February 23, 2011 4:35 PM in why is this?

they like copper tubing... makes no sense to me. Not needed. kpc

that's easy...

@ February 19, 2011 10:58 PM in heating new cottage qith cathedral ceilings

efficency prob. about the same... Comfort... w/o a doubt Radiant.  Practical... well it depends You can do 2 for 1 w/ a furnace. but what will get the most use. Heat or A/C...? How many cooling days do you have in Quebec? You probably can do a built in unit or a Mini-split. a/c unit w/o running duct work.

well then...

@ February 19, 2011 8:01 AM in heating new cottage qith cathedral ceilings

if money is not an object I would be doing radiant floor w/ Warmboard. This requires some fore thought as the 1" plywood needs to be used to frame up the structure. To say that no matter what you use means that the heat will rise is a misnomer. Radiant floor heat will not produce hot air thus  the floor will be warm and the air at the ceiling will be cooler. Using hot air that will not be that case. There are electric boilers on the market.

well then...

@ February 18, 2011 7:47 AM in cast irom rdaiators

where  in the country are they?

wire it as you....

@ February 17, 2011 7:46 AM in zone valve and boilermate

would any tstat. Taco, Honeywell or which type?

A blast from the (no too distant) past...

@ February 15, 2011 6:16 PM in A blast from the (no too distant) past...

Just in case you ever wanted one of these you can get one cheap....

When the liner....

@ February 15, 2011 7:57 AM in Roll out switch failure

was installed was it sized properly? Did you do it or was it another company? Had a problem posted here a month ago where a sub contractor pulled the wrong liner down the chimney and that was the issue.


@ February 14, 2011 4:49 PM in Solia boiler not heating up

check out the thread title "over sized boiler-dry fired" That is how you need to pipe your set up. Note the primary loop and the closely spaced tees that separate the boiler from the system.

you could....

@ February 13, 2011 5:23 PM in pre warming oil

use this for your DHW as I have.

is there a ...

@ February 13, 2011 8:28 AM in Burnham boiler making rattling noise

tankless coil inside? I have has that happen to some boilers where the coil rattles during operation....kpc

this is....

@ February 13, 2011 8:25 AM in pre warming oil
What A tiger loop does as it primary function. Because it has a small reserve of oil near the boiler it additionally warms it up.  The waste water thing prbably will not warm up the oil enough to make it worth the effort. You would be best served to move the oil tank to a warmer  room or create some place for it to be warm.

I 2nd that....

@ February 12, 2011 8:38 AM in pre warming oil

a Tiger loop will help. Cold oil is not the best thing. If your burner does not alrady have one a nozzle heater would also help. Is there a way to build a foam "house" around the oil tank and put 100W incadesent light bulb under the tank to warm it?

Check out these in....

@ February 11, 2011 10:27 PM in Nice rad for sale in western mass

in maine... not far from Ken. Plenty rare.

got pix?

@ February 11, 2011 6:57 PM in Insufficient hot water

may be a misplaced circulator....kpc

a diagram is.....

@ February 11, 2011 6:54 PM in Primary piping outdoor non-pressurized boiler

really needed here. Seems the wood boiler should be going through the flat plate/ HX and if its a non press / open set up you need a high head bronze/ SS circ....

one thing I do....

@ February 11, 2011 7:28 AM in How Can I, Suggestions Welcome

is to use a pex drop ear 90 and run barrier pex from the near boiler piping to a location out of the way. I prefer the 3 eared ones so that is has some beef to it. kpc
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