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condensing or non condensing

@ April 9, 2011 7:15 AM in condensing or non condensing

i understand that condensing units drain of through a neutralizer what i dont understand is what happens in a non condensing unit.i thought if you burn gas you create carbon monoxide.where does it go in a non condensing unit.i just cant get my head around how it works even though im sure it is pretty obvious.thanks

sewer line

@ March 20, 2011 11:36 AM in My Sewer Line

what size is your sewer line outside.if it is 5 inch you might get a cp55 on the pipe.fernco couplings dont give great support and tend to sag which in turn could lead to problems further down the could also try and see if a piece of 4" no hub will fit inside your sewer line.if so slide a 4ft piece in and cement around the joint.fron there house trap etc.or as icesailor said call a plumber

the dripsters

@ March 17, 2011 10:01 PM in the dripsters

i was reading a thread where ME mentioned a radio should really give it some serious consideration.look at the audience you guys have here.please go for wife is going to divorce me if i spend more time on this site.

funny you say that charlie

@ March 13, 2011 5:05 PM in Deadmen

i just finished a lead wiping class taught by an old timer.he said he would not touch an aluminium wrench or for that matter a pair of channel have to have a lot of respect for them caulking joints all day and turning steel is definitly a different trade dont even have to solder anymore,progress they say.


@ March 1, 2011 6:14 AM in D-W-V vent stack pipe types

you got a wealth of info when it comes to heating and now plumbing just shows how much there is to learn in this trade.personally whether you know it or not you have helped me out a few times during the heating is great that you come on here and share that info.thanks for all your help.


@ February 28, 2011 9:00 PM in D-W-V vent stack pipe types

they make another coupling to go from the old cast iron to the new cast iron.for 3"it is a cp33 ,4" a cp44 etc,one side of the rubber is slightly larger than the other side to accomodate the old cast iron.they work great,icesailors way works fine to,actually did it his way today as we had an emergency and had no cp couplings in the truck.

bucket of steam

@ February 27, 2011 6:43 PM in Stupid things we do as apprentices.

did anyone ever fall for the bucket of steam gag.


@ February 27, 2011 4:04 PM in Venting question

you need to run a continuos 4" stack from your basement through to yuour the base of the stack you can cut in a 4x2y and start a 2"vent stack.this 2" vent stack can vent all your fixtures on each floor,just make sure you connect the vent on each floor at 42".at the top of your waste stack it becomes a vent stack and at this point you can tie in your 2" vent stack.dont patch.icesailor is right do it once and be done with it.

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
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