Joined on December 16, 2009
Last Post on December 8, 2013
@ January 29, 2011 10:30 AM in replace boiler before renovation or let it live its life?makes sense to me,just wanted to make sure,we deal with burnham and weilmc lein gas boilers a lot how are there oil boilers or should i look at a different make.i do like burnham
i hope the winter has been good for you all so far and again thanks for the replies
@ January 29, 2011 8:47 AM in Need thoughts regarding propane boiler installa code class i took a year ago said that in a garage a water heater or boiler must be 18" above finished floor.the reason was is that car fumes rise 12" above the floor which can be cause for ignition.you found a good site though,when icesailor and others respond listen to what they say,they are very knowledgable and have helped me out on a number of ocasions.good luck
@ January 29, 2011 8:03 AM in replace boiler before renovation or let it live its life?i am doing a complete renovation on my house soon.existing american standard boiler 35yr about 35 yr old is in basement.the only way out when she dies will be through the renovated 1st floor.my gut is saying change it now,i have experience on gas boilers only,what would you do and any recomendations for a good oil boiler.thanks in advance
@ January 16, 2011 11:12 AM in icesailor,ME,and other heating prosit was a post a few weeks ago mark that brought my attention to this about carbon monoxide detection.we rely on the spill switch on the boiler and that is about as far as it goes.our pipe work always looks good but the knowledge especially with the modcon boilers is not there for us.as a plumber for 10 years i thought i had a pretty good take on heating until i stumbled across you guys.i have found a school close by that has night courses which i intend on taking.thankyou for all the knowledge that you share with us.if you ever need to set a toilet bowl just ask and i can give you a few tips,ha ha
@ January 16, 2011 9:08 AM in icesailor,ME,and other heating prosdo you guys concentrate on heating alone,my question is,is because in nyc every plumber also does heating.after getting some knowledge from you guys and dans books i have found out that the two licensed plumbers i work for really dont have the knowledge that you seem to have.do you think it should be two different trades,or stricter codes when it comes to heating.
@ January 15, 2011 10:57 AM in Drop Header Qmy company never uses drop headers,but we always give both risers 24" above the water line.in fact all the steam boilers we have worked on in bklyn i have yet to see one.i dont believe it is because of lack of skill or lack of tools that we dont do it,however that does look like a nice installation you did clammy on your boiler and if my boss will spring for the extra $ and time i would love to give it a try,again nice installation,good work.may i ask are you doing that in a day,including removing the old boiler
@ January 9, 2011 1:12 PM in in7 with 2" headerThanks for your reply Charlie.As for sizing the boiler my boss looked at the btus on old boiler and matched it to new one.this is why this site is so great.you realize a lot of what you learned is wrong.thanks for your help
@ January 8, 2011 2:18 PM in in7 with 2" headermy company just installed a burnham in7.i got to the job during the installation.we used 2 2" risers coming out and then ran a 2"header.at the end of the header we used a full 2"tee but on the bull.the run of the tee went for both the equalizer and to pick up the 2 inch steam main.when i read the instruction manual it calls for a 3" header,which i pointed out.the reply was these books are written by engineers who dont know anything,i got 25 years doing this,dont try tell me my job.i read in dans book on steam never to bullhead a tee.im wondering what kind of call backs will we get.
@ January 8, 2011 9:13 AM in piping help with picturesfirst of thanks rod for posting that link from dan.ario,i see the boiler installer didnt have the money for a new gas cock and re pipe your gas line,also i didnt see a bypass on your water feeder.i would definitly get someone competent in your area to look at this boiler
@ January 2, 2011 6:11 PM in a general question regarding wateri was meaning more in terms of pressure to run an apartment.a roof tank guy once said to me that the city pumps were upgraded and you can feed an apartment on the 12th floor but a master plumber i know said 7 floors was as high as you can get.i tried google etc,just curious thats all
@ January 2, 2011 11:00 AM in a general question regarding waterin nyc does anybody know how high water will rise with out a pump.some say 7 stories some say city pumps have been upgraded and water can rise 12 stories.
@ December 26, 2010 4:32 PM in tubing on perimeter wallsim going to put down warm board on top of the slab,then run my tubing leaving out the cabinets.hopefully it will be enough heat.im half way through dans book on radiant heat and will probably have more ideas by the end imsure.by the way is this the same mark that dan mentions in his books
@ December 26, 2010 11:08 AM in tubing on perimeter wallshi,i am remodelling an addition to our house for mother in law,so i got to get this righht.three walls are outside walls.i have read you should make your loops closer on perimeter walls,my problem is i am putting a kitchen on one of the perimeter walls.the room will be 25x20.is it a big no no to put tubing under the cabinets
@ December 26, 2010 9:32 AM in tricked by meon our jobs we always use auto feeders and low water cut offs.never be to safe,every boiler i see in nyc has them
@ December 26, 2010 9:14 AM in whats your thoughts on recessing a free standing radiatorthanks icesailor,it will be on its own zone and each rad can be controlled by the manifold.without getting to technical would the rule of thumb be a radiator under each window,i am still trying to learn how to do an accurate heat loss calculation
@ December 26, 2010 7:29 AM in whats your thoughts on recessing a free standing radiatorwould it be okay to frame the radiators into the wall and use a reflective barrier,it is going in a basement and i dont want to use baseboard.they are the standard column radiator.i am planning on piping in a manifold and from there running pex to each radiator,anyone think this is a good idea,thanks in advance and a happy new year to all
@ December 22, 2010 8:55 PM in radiant question regarding tube placementwe are renovating an apartment for mother in law,one of the rooms has three walls facing the outside.dan says to make the loops a little closer on the perimeter walls.my problem is ,is that we are putting a kitchen against one of the walls and the tubing isnt suppposed to go under the cabinets,the room is about 25'x20'.do you think the tubing will give of enough heat.is it really a big no no to but tubing under the cabinets.thanks
@ December 16, 2010 10:11 PM in a question regarding danfoss valvesi will talk to my boss tomorrow and mention the oventrop valve,
@ December 16, 2010 10:09 PM in a question regarding danfoss valvesthanks for getting back to me,the valve was pointing in the right direction and was the last valve on the loop.we changed the valve,and even with the new one as you would close it slowly it would start to hammer.no problem if it is closed or fully open.we have to do some more investigating tomorrow,the people have been living with the noise for 5 years.it is a 5 story apartment building and every apartment is set ip the same way,i just dont understand how if the first valve is shut how does the heat transfer to the next rooms,definitly no bypass there either.again i really appreciate you getting back to me,
@ December 16, 2010 9:08 PM in a question regarding danfoss valvesi came across a hot water heating system.it had tremendous water hammer,which we discovered was the danfoss valve,it was baseboard heating and every room had a danfoss valve.should there be a bypass before each valve which there wasnt.if the tennant closes the valve in the first room,how does the water get through.i take it danfoss valves do close 100%
@ December 11, 2010 8:05 AM in dan to write code cook?im trying to get my plumbing license.practiing the practical is great ,no problems practising,but someone just gave me a gift of some of dans books.the ny code book is on my shelf right beside dans.when it comes to study time i always reach for dans books.why cant he right the code book?
@ December 7, 2010 7:13 PM in Thanks for NOTHING!fortunatly i got some great advice from i think some of the brightest minds in the industry,these people do work for a living,and are really doing a great service giving their time for free here.go hire a plumber see what advice he gives you and how much he charges you for the advice in the meantime have a glass of whiskey,i know it has kept me warm on many a night,slainte