Joined on December 16, 2009
Last Post on December 8, 2013
@ September 21, 2013 10:05 AM in loop of steam boiler(jstar/jamie)?There is tappings on either side of boiler for both supply and return.also when the zone runs there is some nasty banging right at the Hartford loop.there is a 4 inch nipple there though but it only bangs when zone is running.
@ September 21, 2013 7:03 AM in loop of steam boiler(jstar/jamie)?Hi guys,I was on a job yesterday where a basement baseboard loop was taken of a steam boiler.I have a quick ? on it.Plumber came out of boiler. 2x 3/4 bushing,6"nipple ,and 3/4 tee.Run of tee he has his boiler drain,bull of tee he has ball valve and then starts his heating loop.Coming back to boiler he heating loop goes into a pump then check and taps into the bottom of wet return.
It was my understanding that he should have came back into boiler directly.What I am seeing is (and am probably completly wrong) is that when the circ is running will the water bypass the return pipe going up to hartford loop and stay in wet return making it run against returning condensate from system.Hope I am making sense.
Thanks for your time.
@ September 19, 2013 3:49 PM in Slow leak at joint (picture)easiest fix would be to cut left and right side.heat of bull of tee where drip is clean and reassemble with new clean fittings,good luck.remember to drain water first...
@ September 7, 2013 7:56 AM in stainless vs stone lined on long island(Mr O' Brien)Hi,
I really like using Burnham Alliance indirect and have had zero problems with it.I am about to change my system over.I was told on long island the water is pretty hard on stainless indirects like a superstore.Any truth to this.Thanks in advance.I am putting in a IBC boiler and was looking for your thoughts on a indirect......
@ September 1, 2013 7:55 PM in Electric Heat???I totally agree with Jack.I just installed one for a customer in a mobile home.Installation was easy ,valve kit that came with unit was excellent and a very happy customer .
@ August 15, 2013 8:00 PM in Fixture angle stop valve best strategy for copper?rough out with female 90.install blk nipple and cap.when you come back to finish,remove blk nipple and install brass nipple with ips angle valve.
@ August 11, 2013 9:17 AM in DHW mixing valve recommendationsas rich says raise temp to 140 -150 and install mix valve pity about your undersized 1/2 " piping good luck
@ August 8, 2013 6:18 PM in DHW mixing valve recommendationshas this problem always occured or is it something that developed over time,whats the setting on the aquastat
@ August 8, 2013 4:47 PM in New here with a lot of crazy questions.very funny about the cheap air fare,if you cant make fun of yourself...............
@ August 7, 2013 10:28 PM in How is businessI also like the ES2 and have quite a number of them installed.The reason I am mentioning the same brand all the time is because when doing an oil to gas conversion where i live utility company only offers burnham products.When using the odr I pipe in a bypass between supply and return and regulate it with a gate valve,whats your thoughts on this.I know the boiler can handle low temp but was advised to try and keep chimney at a higher temp to avoid condensation.Again thanks for your comments
@ August 7, 2013 4:36 PM in DHW mixing valve recommendationsOn the literature it says you require 1in boiler feed and return piping.What pump are you using between boiler and tank.
@ August 7, 2013 4:26 PM in vaporstatWould love to see a pic.i have never heard of that before.thanks for the advise
@ August 7, 2013 1:59 PM in Converting from oil to natural gas - Navien CH210 was recommendedI believe with Nat grid your double rebate is only if you use a Burnham boiler.anything else you will qualify for a EE rebate around 400$.
I have installed a few Naviens.They get mixed reviews.Boiler might be cheaper but installation cost is pretty much the same as with othe condensing boilers.Make sure you have a minimum of 7 inches wc on gas.use a spin down filter on water inlet,polypropylene on vent,and correct p/s pumping.Unit is only as good as the installation.good luck
@ August 7, 2013 12:37 PM in How is businessI guess what I was trying to get at is how do you inform a customer for example to get away from the series2 and water heater install and and go for a better system.The majority of homes I go into have pretty basic systems.I believe it or not do care about what the customer thinks and was looking for ideas on how to upsell a system,I know it is there hard earned money and wouldnt it be nice if they spent it wisely.As an example I asked a oil company to give me a quote on an oil to gas for my house and believe me they were not giving me the best advice.Anyhow I wasnt looking for a confrontation just some ideas
@ August 7, 2013 12:24 PM in Direct venting steam boiler?I know Burnham carry a power vented steam boiler, IN PV model.its on their website
@ August 7, 2013 7:17 AM in underground pipingI saw a plumber across the street from where i was working taking out xh cast iron from the house to street,inspector wanted that green plastic pipe.Baffled me.I waqs on a job 2 weeks ago,customer was getting stoppages every month coming from street side.I dug up his lawn and see they used that green plastic pipe.Unfortunatly noone told the lawn sprinkler guy.When he pulled his pipes underground he penetrated the waste line in 4 spots.Three different companies had snaked the line and as you can imagine his plastic water pipes which were of had a little damage,oh and by the way there was no backflow device on inground sprinkler.Yes sewage was going in his sprinkler pipe,but who cares its the wild west out here and nothing gets inspected.
@ August 7, 2013 7:08 AM in How is businessOkay so I am in a very competitive area and trying to focus on boiler work.I find most contractors are doing their own plumbing until they get a job where they need a licensed plumber.(pex and pvc made this a lot easier for them but it is what it is.)
When I approach a potential boiler job I have a heating consultant come with me,he performs heatloss etc,I know my limits.He designs my systems I install then he comes back for start up and does combustion analysis etc.
I am on a Nat Grid list of plumbers but find I cant compete with the large companies which I see like to use a Burnham Series 2 82%AFUE and free standing water heater.
I at the very least am trying to put in the ES2 with odr and indirect .Obviously it costs a little more but feel the return on investment is much better.Customers I find are looking at prices alone.Anyone got any tips.
I noticed a plumber on Long Island installs a lot of Veissman boilers so I know it is possible to get the best products out there.
Any thoughts would be apreciated,
@ August 7, 2013 6:53 AM in vaporstatwhat is the proper way to install a vaporstat.I see some pics with a tee before relief valve and the bull of the tee going for vaporstat others are piped like a regular pressuretrol.also what is the correct gauge to use.Thanks guys
@ August 7, 2013 6:42 AM in DHW mixing valve recommendationsI know Holby makes a great valve.A mixing valve should add roughly 15 gallons to your tank.How much hot water are you using and what size pipe do you have going to your tank currently.
@ July 27, 2013 9:16 PM in Sweating for our Moneydid you have to make any allowances for the height of t he return piping.
@ July 27, 2013 7:51 AM in IBC BOILERS??Hi,I am in the process of getting a new boiler and a friend of mine in the boiler business mentioned this boiler.I have never heard of it and was wondering if anyone has had experience with it and what your thoughts were.Thanks in advance
@ June 25, 2013 6:28 AM in pex or copper,cast or pvcHow do you guys/girls feel about all the changes in modern plumbing.I was trained using cast iron and copper.I have to admit I find it very hard changing to pex .Maybe its me but I really dont working with it but at the same time I understand this is how the industry has gone.Also i was in my supply house last week,there was a conversation about rewriting the code books.They want to change the word nipple,gas cock etc as it is sexist.Believe me I have nothing against female plumbers I actually work for a licensed female plumber and she really teaches me a lot.I cant imagine what the old timers must feel like having had to wipe all there joints and seeing what plumbing has become.