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Rechargable Batteries....Ni Cad

@ July 16, 2010 7:58 AM in Rechargable Batteries....Ni Cad

We all have battery operated tools. Some better than others. They all eventually lose battery performance. While looking for replacements on-line I came across the "battery miracle" on ebay that claims for 10 bucks you can buy a way to get more bang out of your battery.... anyone ever done this? Is it a scam? Any merit? kpc

I had one ....

@ July 15, 2010 8:40 PM in quality dryer vent

of these. Doesnt look the best but it does work well.  kpc

I'd put...

@ July 11, 2010 5:01 PM in Corrosion on heating pex fittings

money on it is/was bad glycol.

the problem is....

@ July 10, 2010 10:52 PM in Pex Tubing and Spray Foam Insulation

not so much chemical as it is thermal.... the two agents produce a lot of heat. thus it could melt the PEX. It would be best to encapsulate it w/ armaflex first if you are doing baseboard loops or as I did once in a radiant application placed corrugated cardboard directly up under the pex and plates to protect the pipe and create a very small air space. kpc

I would do...

@ July 5, 2010 11:07 PM in The contest

panel rads w/ TRv's on each rad. home run pex to each rad off a manifold then set the boiler to run off constant circulation... voila each rad is a zone.

for rads...

@ July 4, 2010 9:01 AM in Supplier & MFG. of Best Quality Steam Vents and Cast Iron Radiators

also check craiglist... lots of them out there. As far as finishing them check out an auto body shop. They can sand blast them and even powdercoat finish them.

Tankless coil as HX

@ July 3, 2010 9:36 AM in Tankless coil as HX

Anyone ever used one as a hot water loop? About how many BTU can one expect to draw off of a steam boiler , unit is a 3 section oil fired  boiler. Seeing that the coil is not fully immersed it would probably be less than a HW boiler coil.... ty,kpc


@ June 26, 2010 9:08 AM in What Happens when we Do It Right (Fuel Savings Update)

always good to hear sucess stories ... especially where most would say that the steam systems are "unfixable" and to rip it out.

the burner booster

@ June 25, 2010 4:07 PM in the burner booster

Any one heard of this? Is it as good as they say? anyone unstalled one? Sounds too good to be true.....


@ June 24, 2010 8:06 AM in rinniai issues

I am in New Hampshire. Unit is is a Salon... they have to have reilable hot water.

rinniai issues

@ June 23, 2010 7:36 PM in rinniai issues

Had this one dumped in my lap...  Someone else installs a 75RLSi... It was installed w/ 26 ga. smoke pipe. in a interior room.. no makeup air!
Unit was not working properly... Ran ok for a week then stops. The fix  the owner would do is pull and clean the ignighter and reinstall... all is good till next  week.
I am asked to figure it out.
I see the venting and demand they fix it right... which they do. I installed the proper rinniai concentric vent.(albeit it is a longer run.) ....146" and 4-90's. Looking at the install manual that is about as far as you can go...
Still locking out weekly... any thoughts?


@ June 8, 2010 9:46 PM in Radiant floor heat PEX or PE

It might "work" for a few hours but I envision a real mess. kpc

pretty simple...

@ June 3, 2010 11:45 PM in sticky 006

set up.  3/4" piping from the 1 - 80 gal tank (amtrol indirect) to 1 - 119 gal. tank (vaughn- used the tapings provided) .There is about 6 feet total of 3/4. There is about 12" of straight copper either side then a swing check after 1- 3/4 90. The 006pumps towards the swing check.   The water is town water(Durham, NH). No hardness to speak of and the install was done March of 2009.

sticky 006

@ June 2, 2010 8:49 AM in sticky 006

Got a no hot water call on a solar job I installed a year and a half back. It has a storage tank to supplement the coil tank. to transfer the water it has a taco 006 Bronze on it. The circ was seized up a bit and I unstuck it w/ a bang of a wrench on the side of the motor.... this is the 2nd or 3rd time that this has happened. the water it not hard... any ideas why this would be happening? ty,kpc


@ May 25, 2010 9:52 PM in stagnation...

Have a solar install.... good sized 8 flat panels... My only install. Noticed that the solar fluid was not moving... alarmed when I saw the temp @ the panels was 320F!  I started changing settings thinking that someone had messed w/ the control... looking @ the literature states that when high temps were present that no circulation takes place. 

Question. Would it not make sense that when high temps were present that the best thing to do would get the fluid moving and heat transfer going on?


Pretty sure

@ May 18, 2010 9:23 PM in Lenox boiler??

It is a rebadged Dunkirk. Just a pin type unit.

I have a 115 ....

@ May 6, 2010 5:52 PM in Budurus G115-21 cast iron boiler with a Beckett NX oil burner

in my home. I also install many. I do prefer a Carlin EZ . Depending on the cimney a Riello is a good choice too. I also have heard that the beckett NX is loud from a couple of installers.

I have used....

@ May 4, 2010 4:55 PM in Is the HB Smith 8 Series any good?

Smith 8 series boiler for years... both in steam and hot water applications. I have never had an issue and if there were any I know the factory rep. will be right there.
I especially like it for steam. kpc

Look at the....

@ April 25, 2010 3:19 PM in scorched siding under boiler direct vent

install directions... that is the oly way to know for sure. That being said, I don't think that fiberglass belongs there around any penetraition there shold be air space to let air move around to prevent hot spots. kpc

Are you Right...

@ April 22, 2010 6:03 PM in Heating system recommendations

on the water? 51F is not warm.... What exactly is happening and when... time of year?How often locking out? Baseboard? Radiant? Panel Rads? Hydro Air? Dos it have the vacuum Damper on the burner?
If the burner is set up at 1 temp. and them you get a huge temp change the oil set up will change... Is the logamatic set up so the system is on constant circulation?

If the piping.....

@ April 22, 2010 5:57 PM in Water Heater Check Valves

is insulated a thermosiphon is not a bad thing.... most all my customers like getting hot water faster...

or 1 layer...

@ April 21, 2010 10:12 PM in insulation value

of Bubble foil !
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