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I installed one...

@ November 27, 2009 8:46 PM in Green pre heater?

6 yrs. ago when I remodeled my master bath... I have an indirect water heater that is supplied by a "undersized" boiler... w/ 3 kids and a number of guests or the 3 baths... never ran out of hot water yet. Works for me. kpc

good point...

@ November 27, 2009 5:00 PM in Global Climate Weather Change a HOAX???

clean air and water are important! We definitely should conserve energy at every possible chance. No one should be a glutton!
 Strange how most of the alarmists scream at the USA about global "warming" but give China, Mexico & Russia a pass. Most of the top 20 most polluted cities are in China.. who knows about the radioactive dumps behind the borders in the former USSR...
Much of what I see though makes me wonder if this finger pointing is political not environmental... where is the balance?

try this ...

@ November 18, 2009 5:55 PM in Two Element Baseboard Enclosure

Stuff works but it is $$$$.

where is the job?

@ November 18, 2009 5:50 PM in Funky Drop Header.. please critique

I'll bet he does not skim the boiler either...

you are correct...

@ November 18, 2009 6:52 AM in Funky Drop Header.. please critique

all needs to be moving in ONE direction. H has the steam comong out of the boiler and expecting some to go left, some to go right and the rest  slamming into a bullhead and eqalize... steam is not that smart. One direction for everything... Look at the install manual. Ya the drop header won't be inthere but Smith still shows all the steam piping done properly.
Good luck. Be gentle! But firm!

that is an idea....

@ November 17, 2009 6:50 AM in solar w/ combi boiler

I could do that. There will be  2 people there most of the time w/ guests occasionally not a huge demand. I speced out 2 flat panels and a 80 gallon tank...Is it possible to oversize a storage tank?. Job is in NH..right on the state line w/ Maine... where in Maine are you located? 

so the question....

@ November 14, 2009 8:31 PM in solar w/ combi boiler

becomes... will the boiler fire up even when there is 140F/ hot  water flowing through the coil/ tank. That would appear to be wasteful. I see the 3 way ZV would solve that issue but then also brings a more complex and costly set up to the customer. Personally I try to design systems as simple as possible... maybe I am trying to over simplify in this case. Thanks

solar w/ combi boiler

@ November 14, 2009 4:06 PM in solar w/ combi boiler

Anyone ever used or know of piping diagrams for a solar thermal DHW set up and using a Combi boiler to suppliment the hot water needs... Do you use a bronze circulator to move the water or do you have  the water tank feed the combi coil? I was thinking of using either a Embassy Onex or a TT excellence.

Boiler electrical protection

@ November 11, 2009 7:06 PM in Boiler electrical protection

I have a Embassy Onex boiler that has had 2 control boards "break" in the last month. Mfg. feels that the power to the home is suspect.... Recommends that a "surge suppressor" or power conditioner be added to the circuit. Anyone run in to this before w/ a boiler or furnace? What did you use? A $10 one at Lowes probably won't do it... ty.kpc

I have many...

@ November 8, 2009 6:48 AM in temp settings for staple up radiant

times designed the entire system Radaint w/ panel rads to run off of 1 temp... using a condensing boiler... keeps it simple, both for now and the future. The Munchie can handle that fine. If it were a conventional Cast iron boiler, that would be a diff. story.
The other thing I noticed it that you use Bubble foil insulation alone...True? You would be much better served to add real insulation..fiberglass, foam to drive the heat up. the buuble foil junk can't do that. Your basement will be much cooler.

you are right...

@ October 25, 2009 5:14 PM in Insulating floor of a 3-season porch

about the closed cell. The urethane (closed cell) is a much better fit. More r value to the inch, better resistance to moisture, better strength per square inch.... many Icene contractors are now going to the closed cell

there were plenty...

@ October 18, 2009 10:05 PM in can U identify this tubing?

of EPDM knockoffs though... I remember seeing something like that 10 years back at a trade show... 3/8"  rubber tube. poor O2 barrier. Be careful...
Looks like there is some Polybutylene in there too....
A total redo may be the best solution...

007 is a stretch

@ October 14, 2009 6:37 PM in Pump SIze

a Taco 00R or a Grundfoss 15-58 would be a better fit.
300' Feet of tubing is 18ft. of head.

you would think....

@ September 26, 2009 2:18 PM in gas water heater prob.

but no... never any flooding.  ty,kpc


@ September 26, 2009 7:03 AM in gas water heater prob.

Looked as if  there was muddy water reside plugging up the burner orifice.... The condensation over the week must have plugged it. Never witnessed that before.
 Pressure was 8 " wc... no regulator for the house...low pressure.

feel dumb... but

@ September 25, 2009 6:07 PM in gas water heater prob.

I learned something. I did not realize that a orifice that big could clog up....

if your installer....

@ September 24, 2009 9:20 PM in replace boiler

is not comfortable w/ this set up you should keep looking. Mod-cons are a perfect candidate for your set up.... run the syetm off a Grundfos  Alpha type pump and TRV for each radiator... perfect.

gas water heater prob.

@ September 24, 2009 8:42 PM in gas water heater prob.

Got a call about a water heater that would not fire up. Nat. Gas had been turned off by gas co.... then turned back on after they payed the bill.
The heater is a std. 35k btu atmosheric set up, nat vent..... pilot will light, stay lit but will not fire. Changed out the gas valve and the t-couple.... stiil have no fire... Gas/ range burner  fire up, but the gas dryer also will not fire. I will check pressures in the AM....
Sounds like a meter issue to me but... ???


it can be done...

@ September 14, 2009 10:02 PM in Combining system types

just don't mix radiation types on the same zone and you will be fine....kpc


@ September 13, 2009 8:08 AM in budget quick trac

Lets talk plates...
Thermofin c the heavy stuff is what I was thinking about using... Thermofin U looks like as easier install but it is less mass, slower respanse time, etc...
I thought the U type was signifigantly lighter... I am told by the customer that its 95% the weight of the C... true or false?


@ September 12, 2009 10:42 AM in old adapters?

that is a great idea... I will give it a shot! TY all...kpc

OK I will guess...

@ September 10, 2009 9:54 PM in old adapters?

tp adapters? Not toilet paper. Refrideration?
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