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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.

hot water zone

@ July 27, 2011 9:31 AM in hot water loop off steam boiler

dans book, the golden rules of hydronic will find a piping diagram to make it easy for yourself.

burnham mpo?

@ July 22, 2011 11:50 AM in burnham mpo?

thanks chris,you are right,my company never does a heat loss trying to download the one advertised on the taco website but am having problems downloading it.again though you are saying to convert to gas correct,a few people have told me the same but again they are fromthe company im working at and i dont really trust them.this is why i was looking at the oil boiler so i wouldnt have to convert,im sorry for going on,but really apreciate your advice

burnham mpo?

@ July 22, 2011 8:25 AM in burnham mpo?

at work we always set our boilers to make 180 degree for hydronic heating,then if we are running radiant we would use a seperate zone with a mixing valve,im actually going to dans class in ny coming up next month got a lot of learning to do.i work for one of those companies where the head mechanic doesnt like to be asked a ?.(maybe in fgear of not knowing the answer). a guy from my oil co.said using this boiler will cut my use by 40%.i am going to insulate the hell out of the house to.please tell me not to convert i am sick of looking at paperwork.thanks again for your help

sorry for confusion

@ July 21, 2011 7:56 PM in burnham mpo?

mr.o brien,i was going to do a conversion from oil to gas but someone told me about this now thinking about not changing and keeping oil in the house but upgrading the heating system.we are renovating the house but wont be able to do radiant heat upstairs ,only on the first floor as the basement is exposed.i believe from other posts that you are on long island?what is your thoughts on keeping oil?also if i needed a consultation would you be available,


@ July 21, 2011 10:45 AM in burnham mpo?

thanks for your input,first floor radiant(staple up) 2nd floor free standing rads 180 degree water,i was going thru dans book on radiant heating. mr.maxwell he shows a piping arrangment using a storage tank in primary loop( ergomax).he has a mixing valve for domestic supply,he also uses primary and secondary in total agreement,i will spend now on the right product,best of luck and again thanks for taking time out to help.

no mix valve

@ July 21, 2011 10:27 AM in constantly running circ

it is a horrible install,there is even a piping diagram on unit which wasnt followed not to concerned as it is coming out soon,i was just curious as to what the settings should be,thanks

wise words from icesailor

@ July 21, 2011 10:22 AM in Older shower valve.....

i was in a similar situation to ypu once and posted the exact same ?icesailor was able to give me a terrific link to a website,i for one always am willing to take these guys advice,we dont know everything but we should listen to those who know more.i understand your position,in my neighbourhood i have done a few favours for some people who could not afford to get their plumbing fixed,now when i want to start charging people what i think is fair i get the look,we all got to eat,as my boss says business is business.listen to what these guys are saying,rip it out.

constantly running circ

@ July 20, 2011 4:46 PM in constantly running circ

i recently took over our inlaws house,there is an oil fired american standard boiler with coil set at used to runout of hot water so they added a storage tank,with a 006 bronze taco pump circulating the water between coil and tank.on the bottom of storage tank there is an aquastat set at 140.pump doesnt stop running.what is the correct setting for both aquastats,shouldnt there be a difference.thanks in advance


@ July 20, 2011 4:35 PM in Bell reducer in a main

if you cant get one i can fedex you one overnight,just get in touch

thankgod for that place

@ July 20, 2011 4:33 PM in Older shower valve.....

nyc replacement parts has gotten me out of a hole more than once,great place

good luck

@ July 20, 2011 4:31 PM in Changes for me...

on more than one occasion you helped me out .always there to pick up the phone,good luck in the future and thankyou.

burnham mpo?

@ July 19, 2011 6:40 PM in burnham mpo?

has anyone had experience with the burnham mpo iq.i was thinking about doing an oil/gas conversion but this boiler looks pretty attractive. im familiar with their gas boilers but have no experience with oil,except for ripping them out,thanks,half of the house will be radiant if that makes a difference


@ July 19, 2011 5:12 PM in Older shower valve.....

i found an old supply book which shows parts as rockwell/sterling.if it is sterling maybe try luck.if you have access from back of shower maybe rip it out and throw in a delta with a large escutcheon plate to cover the missing tiles.

thanks ME

@ July 19, 2011 11:40 AM in Infloor Radiant Heat issue

THANKYOU AGAIN for your info,every day is a school day.
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