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Last Post on August 29, 2014

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lost art

@ August 29, 2014 6:16 PM in Going around obsticals

page 95 on lost art of steam heating I think shows what you have to do.Dan has a way of doing it without a drip.Check it out,I am sure you have the book

what are you trying to do.

@ August 28, 2014 6:42 AM in why these two adpaters' price difference is so big?

First one is a fitting adaptor meaning the copper side slips into a fitting and can be soldered.Second is a male adaptor.Third is a female elbow.I use these for roughing out a fixture.If it is a toilet for example i put the female 90 where it needs to be.When doing finish work I install a brass nipple with valve.

lead wiping

@ August 28, 2014 6:37 AM in Lead wiping

Hi Tony,sorry I am not an old timer but where I live you are required to wipe a lead joint .Very interesting and you gain a lot of respect for the old timers who did it on a daily basis.What do you need help with.


@ August 27, 2014 8:25 AM in Buderus Indirect Hot Water tank

You run your electric water heater and you will see pricey.Put an indirect on and bite the bullet.7yrs is a long time.Heating season is coming so get on top of it.A cheaper option might be a turbomax reverse indirect.I hear it works nice and might be cheaper than a indirect.Do your homework and I am sure you will get great advice here.Good luck.

Takes a lot of confidence

@ August 27, 2014 8:20 AM in Jstar to the rescue

You have the attention of a lot of heavy hitters.2hr commute etc I hope customer really understands what it takes to get someone of your caliber to come.Hope the customer has breakfast and lunch for you everyday on a silver platter.The best dont come cheap so lets stay away from the reasonable price quote thing.

Has the target been met

@ August 27, 2014 8:14 AM in Extra Life for Kids!

Any luck on Chris meeting his goal.Very nice of you Mr Holohan for letting Chris promote this on your site.

Alan Forbes pic

@ August 27, 2014 8:12 AM in Off-topic: wall-hung toilets

That is how you mount it correctly.Look very carefull and study that pic.We had a contractor who would not frame a 2x6 stud wall and used metal studs (unre-inforced).We made him sign a letter saying he was responsible and was advised differently but he is a GC and has letters after his name so why would he take advice from a lowly plumber.Bottom line after install the whole wall was moving due to customer sitting on toilet.GC had to re-demo bathroom and frame with 2x6 studs as Alan has shown.Geberit is a fine productin my opinion although it has been a while since I put one in.Best of luck

hot water risers

@ August 25, 2014 11:32 PM in Swing joints. How do they work?

we also use a six elbow swing on hot water risers on high risers.My friend an incredible plumber showed me how but due to my computer inadaquacies or spelling I cant draw it out for you.It is beautiful though

every day is a school day

@ August 24, 2014 8:17 PM in Hot water baseboard heater too big for room

thanks Rob for sharing that one.I have never seen it.Looks like a great solution.

HI Rich

@ August 24, 2014 1:11 PM in a.o smith promax direct vent

The chimney is original with furnace directly connected to it.They are both the same age,then someone came in and cut a wye into flue for gas water heater.Thanks for your reply,after all installs I hire a guy to test combustion make a very valid point though and its appreciated.


@ August 24, 2014 1:02 PM in you will go with one-pipe monoflo setting or two-pipe reverse return setting?

Why out of curiousity are you going with an Alpine

how is your venting

@ August 24, 2014 1:00 PM in quick odor in sinks/showers

Take a quick look at roof and make sure you have adequate vent size going through roof.If you poor water down traps does smell go? Have you galv waste pipes,if house is 100yrs old i am assuming you do,I take Icesailors advice all the time .On this I would look for blocked vents,you could be loosing the seal on your traps.


@ August 24, 2014 7:54 AM in Hot water baseboard heater too big for room

Dan goes into this on one of his books and I used it once to great success.Add a TRV and a bypass loop in 1/2 inch.When rad is satisfied valve closes and water continues through loop to reat of zone.You might find his diagram under Systems on the top of the page.Good luck.

tricky one

@ August 24, 2014 7:51 AM in who builds?

last year I had to repipe an oil boiler .Plumber moved old boiler into garage but ran flue pipe through soffit into existing chimney.I am the first to admit I am not an oil guy but it was during sandy and the homeowner could not get their oil company.Long story short,I broke open the soffit and I promise you the underside of first floor wood was covered in burn and scorch marks.We installed a triple wall vent.When we got boiler running you could keep your hand on this vent.Be very careful.If building a chimney you use a chimney company.How old is your boiler.Before you spend a fortune on addition I try to get customers to start at the engine room.My last customer has a 70 gallon soaking tub with a 30 gallon water heater.They have no money to upgrade heating system but spent over $6k on fixtures.Do you access to gas?


@ August 20, 2014 7:43 PM in Extra Life for Kids!

when I entered my info it says click to next page but nothing happens am I doing something wrong.

thanks icesailor

@ August 18, 2014 6:04 PM in a.o smith promax direct vent

yep customer is on a very tight budget and current water heater is sharing chimney with furnace and not drafting correctly.I will be terminating 7 ft above snow level.I would have used power vented but there is not combustion air for all appliances.Thanks for the reassurance.

24 hr test?

@ August 17, 2014 6:38 PM in gas piping.

In new York 20 minutes at 3psi does it.If you come across a gasline that has been painted it has to hold 90 psi.

black permatex

@ August 17, 2014 6:36 PM in Gas Piping - teflon tape

I liked your comment with the black permatex.I come out worse if I use bluebloc.As for silicone it should not be put near my hands.Another reason I like pro dope is that it doesnt spill or harden so if you have to back of a little bit the joint should not crack even though I hate to do it.On a side note in the last three weeks I have had sand holes in two1inch galv ward tees.Am i the only one.

a.o smith promax direct vent

@ August 17, 2014 6:30 PM in a.o smith promax direct vent

Hi ,has any one had any experience with this unit,would you recommend it?thanks.
Tankless is not in the budget for homeowner and chimney is not available.

with Gennady

@ August 16, 2014 8:30 AM in Gas Piping - teflon tape

I only use pro dope on gas.I think like Gennady in NYC the majority of plumbers i have come across use pro dope.No bragging but I have used it on 4" pipe down to 1/2 inch.Look up Gennadys profile you will see he is no rep take a look at his work.I know guys who use blue bloc but I dont like it as is hardens and can crack if your not careful.Pro dope doenst harden thats why I like it and so far I have never had a problem.Thats not to say I havent had leaks usually down to my own fault but the product is my preference.From day one we were told no teflon on gas period and it stuck with me.But everyone has there preference.
You could start the same thread with solder,flux etc whatever works.


@ August 6, 2014 10:41 PM in An interesting discussion.

I actually used my first caleffi air seperator and liked it a lot.I have started using their dirtmag on my mod/con installations.I really like all their products mixing valve with gauge the list goes on.Feel very confident in their products and no I don't work for them.


@ August 6, 2014 7:43 AM in Navien CH180ASME

You can search threads on this site.The Navien has been talked about quite a lot.I think they warranty their unit for 5yrs which is about the time you will be pulling it of the wall to change it.If it was my house I would not put this unit in.
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