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Jim Godbout

Jim Godbout

Joined on November 7, 2009

Last Post on January 15, 2014

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Comfort level

@ January 15, 2014 7:23 PM in High efficiency gas boilers

I believe it is best to purchase a product line that your installer has best knowledge and confidence in no matter which boiler he or she advocates.
Warranty I take with grain of salt, track record and support from manufacturer and wholesaler means much more.
We install Viessmann and have for about thirty years with tremendous success, I believe because we are well educated and have great support from them.
Good luck in decision and follow your conscience.

New Viessmann

@ January 12, 2014 2:51 PM in New Viessmann 222F rough-in

We used a few and they are a nice alternative in some replacement jobs such as aging heat makers fit well in same location


@ December 22, 2013 8:12 AM in Vitodens W2BA Installation Help (air intake)

We install about eighty plus of these every year fresh air is very simple right into either side

Viessmann by far has best and most in depth manuals by any manufacturer I have ever seen.
Best of luck with install keep reading thoroughly and you will find all you need

Gravity heating

@ December 12, 2013 3:48 PM in circulator issues

Flow check!!!

Treat water at very least

@ December 11, 2013 7:40 PM in Entran II owners (Dan H.)

All rubber tubing has issues from early versions of Entran I, II, III and onix of recent years
Our experience over twenty plus years serving many systems is treating water is only way to reduce corrosion and product failure of multiple component in system.
Most all boiler manufacturers will not warranty there boilers if connected to this type of radiant system
Best option is flushing and treating system.

There is a fit for everyone

@ December 9, 2013 8:23 PM in Copper Press Fittings

We have been pressing for almost ten years, labor is my most expensive cost, pressing has increased our speed on projects and safety of work place.
We use it on copper, and iron. We also use a fair amount of aquatherm on our heating systems and domestic.
I find there are fits for every piping method, and some parts of the country may not have labor issues, fact is northeast is falling way behind in qualified technicians coming through the ranks.
So time is extremely valuable to us

Panel radiation

@ December 9, 2013 7:57 PM in Cold spot ?

Panel radiation is best option with small space and low water temp, performs extremely well
If you can find areas that need air sealing that is my first choice for adding comfort to any space, then you really reduce load needed

Voltage regulator

@ December 9, 2013 7:54 PM in boiler

Voltage regulator directly connected to unit vs surge protector will give you much more protection.
Surge protectors are very limited in what they can do.

Flush unit

@ December 9, 2013 7:48 PM in Rinnai tankless woes

Most common problem is people do not service units they require at least a good flush every other year for best performance
Find good tech in your area and this can be done very reasonably

Code on insulation required for heated slab

@ March 10, 2013 6:56 PM in Garage Slab Thermal Break

We have very strict code compliance here in Maine building code requires R15 foam
We use 3 inch .Crete Heat and 2" for thermal breaks for radiant floor installs
This is actually National code

Wall hung

@ February 24, 2013 7:25 PM in Off-topic: wall-hung toilets

Look at Geberit residential wall hung system, we use them often for wall hung applications with Toto toilets
They are very versatile in piping approaches


@ February 24, 2013 12:54 PM in Question about pro press

We have used press since 2005 with no problems with any size
Used it with copper, black iron, water, gas, air, solar, steam, and about 80 boilers a year are pressed with ease.
Clean safe and labor saving
As far as pulling action once you learn the tool you become accustomed to make adjustments as you press
Good luck in decisions

Taco sentry zone valves

@ February 15, 2013 1:17 PM in taco zone sentry

we install 50-75 per month with great results
we have been using them since introduction with no product failures
Taco is great company with tremendous offerings, always ready to support the contractor and the industry.

Check code

@ February 12, 2013 7:39 PM in Eternal GU195 for radiant and DHW

Check local code, we cannot combine heating and DHW without heat exchanger in our geographic area.
So eternal is only DHW for us which they do work well

Find a good tech and see what he supports TT is a nice product


@ February 11, 2013 7:51 PM in The white Stuff

Only gas boiler I know that can do this but not recommended on regular basis is Viessmann Vitodens 200
We have seen it operate in many neighborhoods where other equipment would not during exactly what you are talking about

Utility infrastructure is big problem in northeast


@ February 4, 2013 4:58 PM in AQUATHERM

we use it often on potable and heating great product best of all keeps systems very clean.

it has its applications

just difficult to work with by yourself if working off staging of any kind


@ January 21, 2013 4:57 PM in Viessman Tech

Just email or Call Viessmann they have many qualified staff covering your area
I am sure local Viessmann rep in area will be able to give you a few names
Heat Tech Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 1181
176 Hayden Hill Road
Torrington, CT

Tel. (860) 482-6321
Fax (860) 482-9601
good luck

Not sustainable

@ January 18, 2013 9:01 AM in Shark Bite or no Shark Bite

I agree with Hot Rod
Crimp system is permanent
We have seen many failures over the years from these fittings
I believe they are made for DIY
make a professional, sustainable installation using crimp system
there are many systems to choose from

heat pumps

@ January 18, 2013 8:54 AM in Your thoughts on combining my new Mitsubishi mini split heatpump with existing hydronic.

We are in maine with much colder climate than DC
Air source heat pumps have come a long way, they are working extremely well in our climate
the only caution i have is there is a difference in comfort heating with air vs hydronics.
Our company offers a blend of systems when doing air source to provide optimum comfort levels.
Some air source units are 26-27 seer, super efficienct and you will love the ac in hotter months.
good luck,
find a great contractor to guide you.

Expansion tank

@ January 15, 2013 8:27 PM in Pressure Relief undersized on European Boilers?

Definitely internal expansion tank they are small and usually fail after a few years of service
Easier to add one then replace
Good luck


@ January 15, 2013 7:30 PM in Anti- freeze test strips

We use refractometer to test freeze protection and pool water ph test kits which work rally well on anyone's product
Good luck


@ January 7, 2013 8:33 PM in Eternal brand, advanced hybrid water heater

We have installed many
Early on when they just came to market they had issues with gas valves, they have worked through issues
These units ar much different than any other tankless water heater on the market
High producers extremely efficient built to last
Cost a bit more but you get what you pay for
Good luck
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