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how about beading the pipe

@ April 11, 2012 10:37 PM in Eatherton "flux sponge"

we just finished a large project with 3" and 4" copper.all fittings were soldered with lennox sterling solder.i found that after soldering a fitting ,i would change tips to a smaller tip and go aroung the fitting with less heat and bead the fitting,takes a lot more time but the result is worth it.icesailor im curious,how do you calculate your offsets for some reason i dont think you do it by eye,nyplumber,did you get that tip about wiping the flux away with a rag before soldering from troise,its great advice on how to avoid drips.

thanks tim.

@ April 11, 2012 7:53 PM in gas line size? and how to determine tim plz

i actually called you today about attending your seminar and i apreciate your quick response and help.having to ask this question means i have a lot to learn and a need to go to your seminar which i will be attending next more ?.if you have a 3/4 line for say 20' then increase it to 1 inch in effect is it true that the 1inch line will only have the capacity of the 3/4 line as the 3/4 line can only feed so much something like trying to get 30 psi out of a 20 psi compressor for example.thanks again and look forward to your class.i am goint to replace the unions with left to rights

dans office???

@ April 10, 2012 10:21 PM in dans office???

anyone know if dans office is still in bethpage.i loaned out a lot of my books and guess the recipients liked them so much that they kept in bethpage tomorrow and would like to stop by for some shopping.

gas line size? and how to determine tim plz

@ April 10, 2012 10:11 PM in gas line size? and how to determine tim plz

hi,i was on a job today on long island,lady got her oil boiler replaced by a gas boiler by a reputable company of which i wont name.anyway she wants me to run gas lines for a new stove and gas heater in new is my ?.she has a 250 meter bar.of the meter bar is a 3/4 gas line which comes into the feeds a gas heater in the front of the house 16k then comes to a tee where the boiler tied into it,they increased the size to 1 inch for the boiler70k burnham steam boiler.old gas line then picks up a 50 gallon water heater.there is unions all over the place,it is an old gas line.she now wants to pick up a stove and another 16k heater.boiler company told her pipe was big enough.i need some education on this,i thought once a line was 3/4 it would stay 3/4 even if you increased its size,should an 1.25 inch line been used.also i was always taught to use left to right nipple and coupling when working back and not a union.i appreciate any not to keen on tying into the old line,what do i do?????

great info

@ April 8, 2012 9:20 PM in Eatherton "flux sponge"

thanks for that mark,very what size pipe do you flux the fitting.i usually start from one inch and up,also whats your thoughts on using flux to clean the joint after soldering,im definitly going to change my bad habits after reading your post,


@ March 23, 2012 7:26 PM in why does dan have a prob. with radiant and toilets

Of topic but beeswax makes a great mouthpiece for my didgeridoo.heat it up and mold it to fit your mouth.makes a great sound.with the utmost respect zen im sticking with my ad bend.

talk about some heavy hitters

@ March 20, 2012 8:23 PM in why does dan have a prob. with radiant and toilets

yes mr eathertoon,it still is alive in more for you,i work for a 3rd generation company and the old man on friday evenings supervises us on wiping our straight takes time and more money,but looking at some of the pics you posted on your boiler rooms you can see the pride and workmanship that goes into is not always about a quick buck.

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
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