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thanks all for your help

@ March 20, 2012 7:18 AM in why does dan have a prob. with radiant and toilets

i moved the lines away from the bowl as was suggested.but this been nyc we use cast iron ,copper and yes lead pvc, on waste pex on domestic would be surprised how many plumbers still use lead bends and we still make our pans with lead also,thanks again..

thanks for the info

@ March 18, 2012 6:10 PM in why does dan have a prob. with radiant and toilets

its funny i was following a discussion in a different website and this question arose.the general opinion was it is a stupid ? and cant answer was my truck gets hotter in the summer and the wax doesnt melt in there.i wanted an opinion from here though especially as dan mentioned it.on the job i am on twoo half inch lines come up in the same hole as the lead bend.i will be sure to use a felt gasket for re assurance.

why does dan have a prob. with radiant and toilets

@ March 15, 2012 9:28 PM in why does dan have a prob. with radiant and toilets

hi,in one of dans books he talks about doing a radiant heat job and takes measure to talk about keeping tubing away from the wax gasket,am i misunderstanding this or can the tubing actually melt the wax,i was on a job today where tubing was laid directly under toilet,i was just looking for confirmation before i said something,thanks

existing rads,

@ February 19, 2012 5:14 PM in monoflow loop ? icesailor are you out there.....

i am connecting into existing rads,thankyou all agaion for your advice.

final answer......

@ February 19, 2012 12:44 PM in monoflow loop ? icesailor are you out there.....

thanks steamhead,that confirms it.thanks for your help

thanks gus

@ February 19, 2012 12:19 PM in monoflow loop ? icesailor are you out there.....

i have to raise the existing loop as there is a ceiling going is a pumped loop.thanks for your help.i was told i had to go through the beam as i would create an air pocket if i went under it,again thanks

monoflow loop ? icesailor are you out there.....

@ February 19, 2012 11:50 AM in monoflow loop ? icesailor are you out there.....

hi,i have to run a monoflow loop around my basement.loop is going to run into a steel question is can i 45 around beam or do i have to go through the beam.

mr hall

@ February 14, 2012 8:06 PM in how to add a steam rad.

you explained my exact situation.i have a right angled valve going directly into the rad,can i take it of and put on my tee????????

thanks crash

@ February 12, 2012 6:48 PM in how to add a steam rad.

the riser diagram you gave is very helpful thanks.sorry but i dont know how to draw up what i am trying to say,in reference to your diagram i would have to put a rad on each side of the riser,all i have right now is the valve,so i would be taking of the valve and i guess bullheading the tee to go on each side of the new wall,the new wall is bang in the centre of existing rad.thanks again for your help

add a rad?

@ February 12, 2012 5:41 PM in how to add a steam rad.

thanks for your help.the reason for adding the radiator is that the new rad will be in the new closet and existing rad will be moved to other side of wall for a different radiator,the rad is original and works wonderful.i dont want to be the knucklehead who screws it up but my gut is saying not to do it.

how to add a steam rad.

@ February 11, 2012 7:22 PM in how to add a steam rad.

hi,hope you can help.on the second floor i have a steam radiator .i am not allowed to open the floor.all that is visible is an 1.25 valve coming of a nipple and into the ? is can i remove the valve and put on a tee to pipe in another rad.i know dan says never to bullhead a tee.any suggestions would be appreciated


@ January 26, 2012 9:16 PM in heatloss ? icesailor are u there,

i live in nyc,brooklyn.

heatloss ? icesailor are u there,

@ January 26, 2012 2:08 PM in heatloss ? icesailor are u there,

my supply house does our heatloss calcs for us,which is for a room L xW x4 ,this is supposed to give btus for room.i know a lot of you will shakw your heads at this.i tried to download the taco heatloss calculator advertised on this doesnt seem to download,i have a mac if that makes a difference.any help would be appreciated.


@ January 25, 2012 8:13 PM in how to heat 2nd floor?

thanks for your reply,just to clarify,existing monoflow loop is in basement.1inch copper,risers to 2nd floor are half inch,i must of misunderstood in one of dans books he was talking about a monoflow system and because the tee's were so far away from the rad, they would not flow to the rad as the water would take the path of least resistance which was the tee's instead of going 20 feet up and through the rads,thanks for your help

how to heat 2nd floor?

@ January 25, 2012 5:40 PM in how to heat 2nd floor?

hi everyone,2nd floor is finished,basement is still open.i have to split house into 2 zones.original system was 1 zone,a 1 inch loop in basement feeding bothupstairs floors with monoflow tees,can i now cut the risers for 2nd floor and run a seperate monoflow loop in basement or is it possible to run a loop,my plumber wants to run a loop but it doesnt sound right as the run seems to far and a lot of up and downs?thanks

monoflow question

@ January 18, 2012 9:58 PM in monoflow question

thanks steve,i read in dans book pumping away that if using a monoflow system and the rads are below the piping you should use two monoflow tees.i just like the idea of the manifold as i can feed each rad individually and running the pex will be better as there is not much space.

monoflow question

@ January 18, 2012 9:07 PM in monoflow question

hi,i would value some input into a ? i have on a heat job.i am redoing my basement.i have 4 sunrads to pipe in.would i be better to run a monoflow system or pipe the zone into a manifold and feed the radiators individually from the manifold,thanks for any advice.

illegal washing machine hookup?

@ January 13, 2012 8:54 PM in I am stumped....

thought i would share it with you.on a 33 floor building we service the tennants on a certain line had fluctuating hot water problems.after eliminating the usual suspects shower valves etc we found out (after 1 week of looking)an illegal washing machine.the tenant was dumping the hose out of her balcony and there we found the cross connection.another building we worked in we discovered that over the years the flappers on the check valves of the return lines would get stuck.the plumbers fixed the problem by removing the checks in trhe valves instead of replacing the whole check valve.this allowed cooler return water to enter the hot riser and gave temp problems.good luck


@ August 11, 2011 7:36 PM in hb smith?

thanks mr.o brien.i was looking at hb smith as they say they make a high water content boiler thus preventing short cycling.i was going to go with a burnham and ergomax as a buffer tank but a couple of bills came in and a stupid achilles tendon broke,such is life.i actually played phone tag with you a few times about doing a heat loss on my house.weilmclein had something good on their site for doing this and also my supply house guy gave me a formula which he says gets a pretty close number.LxWxH4 will give the btuh for each room.he swears by it but i think you are going to chuckle.thanks again.

hb smith?

@ August 11, 2011 5:55 PM in hb smith?

cant afford burnham iq. is slantfinns oil boilers reliable or hb smith.two different people gave me two different opinions in my supply house


@ August 7, 2011 7:45 PM in Stay hungry, New Yorkers

im bringing my notebook and pen,looking forward to it.

burner capacity?

@ August 1, 2011 6:07 PM in burner capacity?

hi,on the mpo -iq burnham series in the catalog there is a box with boiler ratings.mph ,ibr and burner capacity.burner capacity is .60gph to 1.65 gph what do the burner capacity numbers mean..oil co. said i should go with mpo-iq147 ibr 112 with 35 gallon superstor,burnham rep said mpo-iq84 ibr 84 was big enough with alliance 35 gallon.apt connected to side of house 400sqft will be radiant. remaining house cast iron rads (2200sqft)4 zones.what size boiler makes more sense?thankyou.
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