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@ August 18, 2010 7:22 AM in Zoning and piping questions

Keep it simple. complexity only makes headaches and in the long run cost somebody (maybe you) money. Do the proper heatloss and do a series loop for each zone. kpc

Over the years...

@ August 18, 2010 7:18 AM in tankless gas water heaters

I have not heard a lot of positive stuff about Quietside in general... that being said I have never seen one in my area.

why not do....

@ August 18, 2010 7:15 AM in I will have a biler. Should I install tankless water heater?

both in 1 unit. There are many Combi- boilers out there. Notably Embassy Axia, Embassy Onex, Baxi has a couple of units.... as well as the Triangle tube Excellence. All are gas units.

the closest....

@ August 15, 2010 4:07 PM in outdoor reset.

thing would be a Tekmar 279....

as the saying goes....

@ August 4, 2010 10:11 PM in just a cute story

no good deed goes unpunished.

They will......

@ August 4, 2010 5:59 PM in Cast Iron Radiators - Blasting & Painting

certainly look very nice when done! Not supposed to talk pricing but sounds like a deal to me...kpc

the other take ....

@ August 1, 2010 8:53 PM in steam or hot water

would be that since it is in an Apt. situation the steam rads will take a whole lot more abuse than copper fin tube....

Charlie Garrity...

@ July 31, 2010 10:18 AM in Help with choosing new heating system?

is in Lennoxdale , MA .He hangs out here a lot and can help. or look @ find a professional. on the key up top....kpc 

Before you take....

@ July 31, 2010 9:37 AM in Help with choosing new heating system?

out the sawzsall...  How "bad" is the old steam system. I would sight unseen advise you to get a steam pro out to look at keeping the steam. If done right a new boiler w/ all the right venting can be nearly as efficint as the hot water systems. Where in Mass? There are a bunch of guys here from Mass.

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.
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