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kohler stem

@ June 5, 2011 6:18 PM in off topic,?on a shower????????????

i hate this old stuff,last time i got it to stop dripping by tightening the handle real tight,this worked temporarily so when the bank came thru to evaluate they saw no drips,the stem i put in might not have been right but i cant get a shutdown to change riser valves on a weekend,which is my only time to do side work.if riser valves held i could bring stem to supply house but it is never easy.the two controls on top are for the shower and two on bottom are for tub.icesailor im sure you have the tricks but i dont and if this doesnt work ball valve is going in shower head for now until i can change unit.again thanks

kohler stem

@ June 5, 2011 6:03 PM in off topic,?on a shower????????????

nope it is about 6 inches long.there is a brass barrel,chrome stem which threads into barrel,stem has a washer on the end,then a brass spacer and then the stem packing.i dont know how to put photos up i must ask my wife.on that site it is similar to model number 982818.thanks


@ June 5, 2011 5:57 PM in oil/gas

thanks steamhead,that is actually the boiler i was looking at,now you have convinced me on it.thats it im sticking with oil and using that boiler and all the controls you sugges be lost without this looking forward to seeing dan at his astoria class in hydronics

shower head

@ June 5, 2011 11:08 AM in off topic,?on a shower????????????

it looks like a kohler model no.k-7032,k-7100,k-7210,the stem goes into a barrel which goes into body.problem is shut of valves dont hold for bathroom so i cant even take out stem to bring it to my supply house.i have a plumbing parts book and that looks like the model number.the new owner is going to do a renovation,but for the bank to approve she must show there is no thinking about putting a ball valve on the shower head,i understand about the antiscald but for now i need a quick fix.believe me i dont like doing work like this but what can you do.i got another new stem and am going to try one more time,could it be that the shower body might be damaged.again guys thanks for your two whether you know it or not have helped me out before,again thanks for taking the time out

off topic,?on a shower????????????

@ June 5, 2011 9:55 AM in off topic,?on a shower????????????

a friend has an old kohler shower .two controls for shower and two controls for tub.shower head is dripping.i changed the stem and barrel but still looking for a shower head that can stop the drip but was told they dont make it.anyone know why.she is moving in 2 weeks and doesnt want to change shower.i cant find a 100% shut of valve for shower head.pulling my hair out on this one.


@ June 5, 2011 7:44 AM in oil/gas

my tank is in good bill though is 370 per month 12 months a going to call my oil company tomorrow and see what they can do.i just took over the house so with a renovation again i think i can knock that bill down a bit.i have been told on this board to watch out for these incentives the gas company offers,nothing is free.thanks again for your help


@ June 4, 2011 8:57 AM in oil/gas

thanks bob,im a plumber in nyc.we do a lot of conversions,but the fact for me is i cant afford a budures etc.i dont have a gas line in the boss is telling me to convert,i think though with proper insulation etc i dont really need it.everyone in ther house is happy with electric stoves and dryer.i was looking at the burnham mpo/iq and she looks like a beauty.i will be running 4 zones and a radiant zone so im not convinced about changing just for the sake of it.thanks again,also i hear there is a lot of hidden fees with the gas company r


@ June 4, 2011 7:12 AM in oil/gas

hi ,,hope you can help me out,im doing a renovation soon and was thinking about switching over to gas.currently we have an american standard boiler bless her heart she is 50 and still oil bills are quite high but that is down to a leaky house,drafts everywhere and a 89 yr old grandma not opposed to keeping oil,but the gas company is giving some good deals on burnham changing the boiler anyway,do you think i should stay with oil or does it pay do go with gas.thanks in advance. y i aconversion soo

?for steamhead

@ May 30, 2011 7:58 PM in cracked boiler/ white smoke

i have a ?regarding the installation of the red boiler you posted.i thought it was necessary to take two headers out of the boiler.i see you capped one not knocking your installation just tryingg to learn that is all.

good info.

@ May 30, 2011 8:17 AM in Subsidized gas conversion?

my current oil bill is 350 p/m plus what ever you go over at the end of the year.last year it was 1,000$.granted house is old with a lot of drafts plus 2 old ladies down stairs who run the heat nearly into the summer doind a renovation,so im really in a quandry.when i seal this house up and insulate it ,i tjhink i can really cut down on that bill.

a shoutout to icesailor

@ May 30, 2011 7:28 AM in Subsidized gas conversion?

i also am facing the same problem and will probably go with gas.but thanks to icesailor i am still trying to master the heatloss process.he told me not to rely on my supply house which take an easy approach to doing this boss just goes with what is there already.taco have a great website available here.

primary/secondary piping on an atmospheric boiler

@ May 27, 2011 6:08 AM in primary/secondary piping on an atmospheric boiler

thanks alan,there will be multiple zones with two of them being radiant.thanks for your help.

primary/secondary piping on an atmospheric boiler

@ May 26, 2011 9:05 PM in primary/secondary piping on an atmospheric boiler

hi,i just finished one of dans books an primary/secondary piping.if i have a regular atmospheric boiler is it necessary to pipe it this way or should i just come of the boiler with a header and pipe in seperate zones.i have installed many boilers with my company but thru this site i rtealize the heating experts in my company arent as good as they pumps on return etc,basically we do everything opposite to what dan says in his books.

id go with steamhead

@ May 15, 2011 10:34 PM in 10" plug removal

we did have the same situation a few weeks ago but we were working on a live gas line and could not get a building shut down.our only choice was to get a 3" wrench with a persuader and go for gusto.hit the wrench with a lump hammer a few times to try and shock it.with a persuader it should come out even if it is painted.we would have drilled and cut it but in the circumstance had no choice.let us know how you did tomorrow.sorry i missed the 10" part ours was a 4" plug.steamhead on this one for sure.

plug and play

@ May 15, 2011 10:24 PM in Burnham Plug and play

do you know when they are coming it before the next heating season?

pex or copper

@ May 14, 2011 8:02 PM in Hot water piping...pressure drop

im glad that you shared that experience with us.thankfully in nyc we are not allowed to use pex on potable water YET.outside of the 5 boroughs though you are.with pex they only want homeruns used to each fixture.if pex is done properly and supported properly the job would take as long as a copper job.i once asked a plumber on long island if he charges less for pex piping,his response was we charge more for copper.a friend of mine who was a plumber in poland said that before a house over there got signed of the water had to be up to a certain standard and every year tested when using pex..sorry to go on,but again no fittings on pex or else you get what you experienced.


@ May 14, 2011 5:39 PM in piping of a coil?

why is it not necesssary to pipe a water heater this way


@ May 14, 2011 11:38 AM in Circulator question

when are you publishing your book.i attenended a siegenthaler seminar and was lost after 2 hours.i like dans books for there simplicity and always enjoy reading you comments

plug and play

@ May 14, 2011 11:30 AM in Burnham Plug and play

sorry i got them mixed up ,i was looking at the es2 gas fired.would you still recomend that or the pvg model which the gas company is giving a good deal on,thanks.sorry going of topic here

with charlie on this

@ May 14, 2011 11:12 AM in blue monster teflon tape

pro dope and a good thread equals no leaks.just finished 200' of 3" blk pipe.that is all we leaks to report.a good thread,a good american fitting thats all it ythe way if anyone comes across an aqua ball valve do yourself a favour and throw it in the mongo pile

piping of a coil?

@ May 14, 2011 11:08 AM in piping of a coil?

what is the reason for a 24" loop before the cold water line goes into the coil or the holby mixing valve.thanks

plug and play

@ May 14, 2011 11:04 AM in Burnham Plug and play

im looking into this boiler as a replacement for my old war horse is it going for you and would you recomend it.any chance of a pic of the installation
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