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@ August 11, 2013 9:17 AM in DHW mixing valve recommendations

as rich says raise temp to 140 -150 and install mix valve pity about your undersized 1/2 " piping good luck

aquastat setting

@ August 8, 2013 6:18 PM in DHW mixing valve recommendations

has 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 business

I 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 recommendations

On the literature it says you require 1in boiler feed and return piping.What pump are you using between boiler and tank.

on the header

@ August 7, 2013 4:26 PM in vaporstat

Would 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 recommended

I 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

best value for money????

@ August 7, 2013 12:37 PM in How is business

I 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

burnham mpo?

@ 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

Bell and spigot

@ August 7, 2013 7:17 AM in underground piping

I 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.

How is business

@ August 7, 2013 7:08 AM in How is business

Okay 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 vaporstat

what 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 recommendations

I 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.

return piping

@ July 27, 2013 9:16 PM in Sweating for our Money

did 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

pex or copper,cast or pvc

@ June 25, 2013 6:28 AM in pex or copper,cast or pvc

How 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.


@ June 25, 2013 6:18 AM in 6" Boiler Exhaust w/ 5" chimney liner. how bad is this?

I came across an es2 burnham a little while ago.It was 5" exhaust with a six inch liner.The draft on the boiler was tremendous.On the burners you could only see a orange flame.Called local burnham rep and explained.He explained how important it is to size your liner and that the chimney in this case was oversized.Homeowner had liner changed to 5" and burner ran with a perfect flame.It was a good lesson for me in the future.

warmweather shut down

@ June 2, 2013 8:43 PM in navien and odr?

A senior tech from California emailed and said you must use remote control as room stat when using odr.I did what you did homeowner and all is well,unit runs like a champ.Only problem is you cant raise wwsd past 65 degrees to test.Unit is in 3 months and havent had a call back yet,Thanks


@ June 2, 2013 8:26 PM in airvents ?

Thankyou for your quick reply.I will be replacing the main air vents as both are also leaking.

airvents ?

@ June 2, 2013 6:43 PM in airvents ?

Was working in a house on a gas leak,homeowner asked me to look at his boiler.Gauge glass had no water but feeder would not feed.I took apart gauge glass,pressuretrol etc.Everything was clogged solid.I cleaned and filled boiler and now gauge glass shows water level.It's a Carrier steam boiler.The installers never left a valve to empty boiler water.On the bottom of boiler there is a 2 1/2 inch plug.?1 ..can i remove it and put a full port valve there to blow down boiler.
?2..the pressure gauge 0-25 is broke and stuck on 5psi.Most of the air vents on rads dont work.If I replace all air vents is it as easy as say put all D valves on top floor ,C valves on 3rd floor etc.In the foyer there is a 5column 28 section rad,what kind of airvent should that get.
House was built in 1890 so as you can imagine a lot of work has been done,thanks for your help.

buy American

@ June 2, 2013 12:58 PM in Buy American

When I worked with my last company in nyc my old boss insisted on American fittings just like yourself.I have since moved and am living on Long Island. I would think 80% of their material is Chinese in my current supply house.I asked them to order Ward etc and they would not do it,response was American economy actually makes more money through importing material than producing it.However true I dont know.I understand your frustrations but I am sure Chinese manufacturing companies could produce quality material but as a previous post stated it all comes down to what the consumer wants to spend.If you buy a Dodge,Gmc etc how many imported products are in their cars?.

lead wipe

@ June 2, 2013 12:49 PM in Lead wiping

I took a class a few years back.It was through Bosces if I remember correctly.I will look for info for you,if they dont have class anymore I can show you(at least what I remember).
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