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looks like the....

@ January 12, 2011 8:56 PM in Herz TRV

taco ones they had a while back. I still have them in my garage...waiting. Maybe a closer look?

The expansion tank.....

@ January 11, 2011 5:35 PM in boiler pressure rises over time

is my bet. Looks like a #30 tank. Do you have Cast iron rads? They have a lot more water content... and thermal mass. Upsize it to a #60 tank.

if it were....

@ January 11, 2011 5:30 PM in Lengthening cast radiators in a hot water system

me I would just find 1 bigger radiator. Trying to "build" something it a ton of work and probably will leak.

Gravity systems....

@ January 10, 2011 8:53 PM in Gravity system

can kick your but if you try to use conventional wisdom.... Dan has a great book "how Come" that explains a lot of the hidden tricks. Don't over pump the system.... you are trying to mimick gravity flow. Size the boiler piping by reducing by 1/2 and then the next size down. So 2" pipe Mains  would only require 3/4" supply piping. If you go w/ a traditioal cast iron boiler you will need a system bypass and I would highly suggest a boiler protection control (ie Tekmar control) But then again....Why use a 82% boiler when Mod/Con is a great match ? Embassy Oxex, Triangle tube, etc.... kpc

it would "work"

@ January 9, 2011 7:09 PM in Need Help please!!!

but all the threads are incorrect. Still need to get the spud out and connect it to the valve.

here is a ...

@ January 9, 2011 3:37 PM in need help despatately please

picture. The part that goes into the radiator is the spud.

you need to....

@ January 9, 2011 3:28 PM in need help despatately please

get a new union and /or and valve w/ the spud on it. Generally speaking they are not uniform. they should be readily available at either a supply house or a good hardware store.


@ January 9, 2011 9:03 AM in Combi Boiler Recommendation

is the place insulated? does it have enough baeboard or radiators? was a combustion test done on the unit? kpc

No change...

@ January 8, 2011 5:30 PM in Energy Spike....

Still a huge electric draw. Looked at at the wiring and it was tight. breaker swapped out. Meter was still drawing crazy HUGE 2000Kw/ mo.... I am 100% sure that the problem is not excessive HW use.
 It is swapped out w/ a new water heater now. Very frustrated! there is no explanation for the huge draw. Would a Bad T-Stat cause this? Hot water is not super hot.... kpc

generally speaking.....

@ January 7, 2011 5:46 PM in radiant floor with Bamboo

A max of 80F is good w/ almost every type of hardwood. If it is prefinished it is more stable and should  not have an issue.

the larger the baseboard...

@ January 5, 2011 9:54 PM in outdoor reset savings

the better chance for savings.

not doing much at all...

@ January 5, 2011 9:52 PM in Energy Spike....

and it was the other (lower bill) guys meter. I was hardly in the other side of the basement. She showed the bill to the Land lord for the last year. Each month it was $180-190... then it spiked to $700.00!  I changed out the elements Christmas eve....Even if Both sides were using 1 water heater I can't imagine that for a water heater bill. Something was up.... I hope it was the elements, they looked pretty corroded and had some scale on them.

No mod/cons here....

@ January 5, 2011 9:37 PM in 2 psi system.

just a 4 furnaces 100k ea. , 1 Noritz (380k), and   Com. kitchen appliances... 420K worth... all Nat gas. Does that run in need to be totally horizontal or just a run after the maxitrol?

I would estimate...

@ January 5, 2011 9:33 PM in outdoor reset savings

10-15%. What are your  emmiters made of? Fin tube, cast iron rads, CI baseboard?

If I had to bet...

@ January 5, 2011 9:26 PM in What is it? And more importantly, how long will it last? Black 'rubber' radiant heat tubing circa 1986

I would say SolaRoll... Rubber hose. Couild last 2 yrs.. maybe 10. Depends if they added anything to it... ex. glycol. That would kill it.  I would be more concerned about the boiler and ferrous components.

THAT is ...

@ January 5, 2011 4:55 PM in 2 psi system.

very helpfull.... I did not know that. This is a large scale job for me. Probabaly not for most guys here. ty,kpc

if you really...

@ January 5, 2011 8:03 AM in Cleaning heavy rust from the inside of cast iron radiators

are bent on cleaning they radiators you will need to pull them outside and flush them out. I have done this on a couple of occations when I converted them from steam to HW. A lot of junk. I used a wand od 3/8" copper tubing w/ holes on the last 6" to blast water up and in the sections. Then I added Fernox to the system one they were up and running. What is the new boiler? If it is a mod con you need to be careful about all that junk getting back to the boiler and possbly damaging the HX. kpc

Thanks Tim...

@ January 4, 2011 9:03 PM in 2 psi system.

makes the job much easier. kpc

I installed a....

@ January 4, 2011 9:01 PM in Hart & Cooley Ultravent

boatload of it on Burnham 2PV's 10- 15 yrs ago... It was ok. It was also know by  Plexvent by Plexco....Not the easest to cut properly w/o cracking. Most of the problems I saw were on dried up silicone. Saw one job I installed that still had the original venting... just w/ dried up silicone. Vent was intact.
 Yes there was a recall... and a HUGE replacement campaign. Burnham again went abouve and beyond to make it right. A ton of other mfg used it also.

well they....

@ January 4, 2011 6:49 PM in Booster or gas fired heater

are not cheap. You want inexpensive up front , pipe in a 40 gallon electric.... why did both say no to the Tankless?

I'm not far....

@ January 3, 2011 8:18 PM in Question about chimney liner and new equipment

from you in NH. I installed a Buderus in my 200+ yr old home into an interior  chimney and installed the liner. The low stack temps are murder on an old unlined masonary flue. since it was just the boiler 5" was fine.
I had Merrie Sweep out of Greenland do it... They other option would be to use a product called Supaflu to cement line it.
It would be stonger but I don't know about the price.
kpc, Dover

2 psi system.

@ January 3, 2011 8:02 PM in 2 psi system.

Doing a pretty large gas piping job (at least for me its big) The job has 1  1.5"  2psi line running 280+ feet from the meter. I have 4 gas furnaces, a large tankless HW htr. and a grill/ oven/range to hook up to this. Is it possible to use a step down regulator to more than 1 appliance if it sized to do so... Ex. run a line to a maxitrol 325 at the kitchen bank  which is 415K BTU then increase to the proper pipe size as they are all next to each other.... ty,kpc
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