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galvanize pipe

@ February 27, 2011 10:48 AM in D-W-V vent stack pipe types

in nyc they used we still come across galvanize pipe on domestic water lines in the larger should see the conditions of theses pipes when we cut them for waste galvanize will rust and catch debris causing stoppages,then when the handyman snakes the line he usually puts the snake through the pipe,it becomes so britttle.especially on the threads.we replace water lines with copper,waste with no hub pipe(its quiet) and when we have gone to the trouble of that we will cut the galvanize vent out to and replace .you can use plastic though,some prefer it,its cheaper and easier to install for a home owner,but i believe cast iron is a more professional choice,only my opinion.

thanks brad

@ February 15, 2011 6:07 AM in Question for NY Steamers re: low pressure gauge

that is what this place is all about.thanks brad for your advice ,i learned a thing or two also with your help and answers.i love your fathers quote.i have never heard anyone say it though

every day is a school day

@ February 13, 2011 4:16 PM in Question for NY Steamers re: low pressure gauge

thanks brad for that ,never seen it done that way,makes sense now you say it

gb 142

@ February 13, 2011 4:01 PM in oil to gas conversion?

his chimney is in the centre of his location for boiler is near the back door 20'away.flue pipe would have been an issue.we are going to direct vent it out the backwall.his choice he can afford it .by the way budures makes it quiet easy for an installtaion.when we are done i will post pics if you would like.

can u give more pics

@ February 13, 2011 3:55 PM in Question for NY Steamers re: low pressure gauge

the reason i ask is that i am sure charlie is going to give you a lot of advice on this one so when you call the tech back you will be more informed.steam systems are not as easy as they look to install.can u take some pica of the header is looking scary already to my knowledge.them gauges should be installed on pigtails,if i were you id look for a reputable STEAM boiler installer to fix this situation

i agree

@ February 13, 2011 3:09 PM in oil to gas conversion?

it is a packaged boiler,i remember it was pretty tough getting it down the stairs into his basement.i might tell him i will pay for it if i can pick it up of the sidewalk or else i like your idea free always sounds good,but nyc nothing is free.

hot water

@ February 13, 2011 11:07 AM in oil to gas conversion?

hi charlie,im heating with hot water.we actually installed a burnham in a customers house 2 yrs ago,he is now remodelling his basement and putting in a im going to buy the burnham of him for a good price .i know a few yrs ago keyspan were giving away free boilers with a conversion but not so today.but it will keep the cost down with a half priced boiler.charlie on a atmospheric boiler such as a burnham would you use a primary and secondary loop or just pump away directly to the seperate zones

thanks for the advice.

@ February 13, 2011 10:15 AM in oil to gas conversion?

thanks brad and def. going to look into that.i remember watching this old house once and richard trethewey had a great programme but i cant find it is funny nyc plumbers think they have the strictest codes etc but here any jackass can install your heating system.again thanks for getting bavk and sharing your knowledge it is appreciated.

there is your answer

@ February 13, 2011 10:07 AM in Question for NY Steamers re: low pressure gauge

get someone else to install wont get better advice,these guys know what they are talking about

another idea.

@ February 13, 2011 10:04 AM in tubing over concrete.ME plz can u help

we talked with contractor and he is building up floor 12" to eliminate a step going into living room to accomodate now i can insulate bury my tubing in 2" concrete and then here is my ?they want a linoleum glue is needed with this .do you think it is a god idea.ceiling height is available.i would love to send you a bottle of scotch or something for your help.if you have a p.o box let me know

oil to gas conversion?

@ February 13, 2011 9:17 AM in oil to gas conversion?

thanks for your replies.i have been living here for two years,waiting for the sale to go through,some complications which i wont bore you with,so the oil boiler is about 40yr oldamerican standard.oil tank is the same age in basement.right now every window has drafts etc so the heat loss is ridicolous plus i have a mum in law and granny downstairs,so obviously they like there heat.we are renovating the whole house and converting a garage which will get radiant.a lot of people have said i would be crazy not to do it,i just wanted to get advice from the heating pros,(im a plumber in the city,i value my boss's opinion but when it comes to heat we are plumbers first and our heating knowledge as i have discovered from dans books and this site has a lot to be desired)but dont tell that to a nyc licensed plumber.again thanks for your opinion.also can anyone suggest a good heatloss programme.a guy in the supply house we deal with told me forget the computer nonsense and go with w times h times sqft of room will give you the btus you need for that room,any truth to this or is this the lazy way out.again thanks for the advice

oil to gas conversion?

@ February 12, 2011 5:00 PM in oil to gas conversion?

living on long island.currently pay 360 a month for oil for 12 months of the year.just bought the house.a few people said i would be crazy not to change over before i is about 2200sqft.could anyone give me a comparison to what they pay in gas.


@ February 12, 2011 3:02 PM in Question for NY Steamers re: low pressure gauge

it is not against nyc code to install a low pressure gauge on a steam boiler in nyc.did he do the installation also.

thankyou mr.eatherton

@ February 9, 2011 7:36 PM in tubing over concrete.ME plz can u help

thanks for taking the time out to answer my questions.your advice is always apreciated

reflective barrier?

@ February 9, 2011 4:53 PM in tubing over concrete.ME plz can u help

doesnt the quick track board come with a reflective barrier on it?or should i try a foil wrap under the tubing,now you got me worried,i think i got to go back and read dans book again.mother in law is 65 and her mum is 94.ny winters are getting hard on them.would an alternative be to dig up the whole floor and start fromscratch.again thanks for your input.i will look into the product you talked about.

tubing over concrete.ME plz can u help

@ February 9, 2011 1:54 PM in tubing over concrete.ME plz can u help

hi and thanks for reading my post.we are renovating a garage into a living space.there is a concrete floor down alreadywhich i dont expect has a vapor question is can i lay down a quik track board run my tubing and then finish with a hardwood floor.after reading dans book on radiant he has me worried about moisture thus buckling the floor.would i be better getting a tile which resembles hardwood.mother in law is going to live in there so i cant screw this one up.

relief valve

@ January 30, 2011 5:18 PM in replaced leaking relief valve new one started to leak

how much pressure do you have in your system.what is the condition of your expansion should call someone to look at this.

liked the fancy tile analogy

@ 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

minimum 18" of floor

@ January 29, 2011 8:47 AM in Need thoughts regarding propane boiler install

a 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 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

replace boiler before renovation or let it live its life?

@ 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 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

i cant agree more.

@ January 16, 2011 11:12 AM in icesailor,ME,and other heating pros

it 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 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

icesailor,ME,and other heating pros

@ January 16, 2011 9:08 AM in icesailor,ME,and other heating pros

do 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 you think it should be two different trades,or stricter codes when it comes to heating.
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