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@ December 4, 2013 9:02 PM in NTI Trinity FTF

Installed my first one two weeks ago and was impressed especially with control board.No issues with start up and customer is very happy.Good luck with it,i would take an IBC over it though but a fine boiler.

thanks Gordy

@ December 1, 2013 10:42 AM in radiant and wood floor

I used heat transfer plates before (uponor) on a job with no problems.I use a heating consultant on every job,I know my limitations,he sizes pumps etc and I put it together.
BTW I enjoyed your steam boiler pics that you posted before,reminds me of a guy I used to work with.Take care and thanks for your response.

radiant and wood floor

@ December 1, 2013 8:40 AM in radiant and wood floor

where are homeowners getting their info that it is a no-no.So far I have givin 4 of dans book on radiant to homeowners(yet to be returned).Next year im doing staple up in my own house(funds permitting)and my wife has already said if the floor buckles the result wont be nice.I actually came from a job yesterday,radiant heat no mix and 170 degree water going to floor.Ouch.

If it is a multi family building

@ December 1, 2013 8:34 AM in Lwco

I know on steam they require it .On hot water high limit is required not sure about 2nd lwco

cut my bill by 70%,Thanks Rod for your help

@ December 1, 2013 8:31 AM in cut my bill by 70%,Thanks Rod for your help

I just converted .My old oil fired boiler was running me $460 p/m 12 months a year.Had a renovation done to house a few years back but typical Long Island renovation(everything bare minimum).Got in touch with a hydronic designer and we went over my situation.He did blower door test etc and we didnt do to good but minor stuff which can be fixed.Anyhow I used to be a pumpaholic until he turned me onto Caleffi.We used an IBC moulating boiler ,indirect I went with an Alliance(long island water)a couple of guys here advised me on this.I have had a lot of success with this indirect in the past.Grundfoss 2699 on indirect,1558 on primary loop and grundfoss alpha with caleffi zone valves.Rod you gave me info on my recirc line which I used and apreciate your advice.Bottom line gas bill $140.I love this new set up with intelligent pumping etc and in the future will be using it.Before I would pump on every zone etc but Im loving this set up.What beautiful products caleffi makes from their zone valves to their DHW mixing valve.Thanks to Dominic from ABCO for designing and comisioning boiler.
Producing 4-5 gallons of condensate a day.Wife was very happy with bill as oil bill was hurting.Thanks guys.

I do apologize john

@ November 28, 2013 9:20 AM in sandy revisited

Thanks for explaining that to me.So how did Fema pick and choose as to who were doing the installs.Was there a special criteria to get on there list.I am talking mainly about private work that was done but have come across a block in the rockaways that was done by rapid repair which we are going to repipe a few boilers.Thanks for the clarification


@ November 28, 2013 7:37 AM in sandy revisited

Brian,I understand where you are coming from but I had 2 baxi repairs.they combined 3 zones into 1 and used internal circulator and no p/s.Not complicated but I hate to think they screwed these jobs up intentionally.I finished a PVG install last night.A local licensed plumber did the work.3/4 pex to indirect and all pex piping on boiler,also no mixing valve on radiant.I am not sure John about naming names here but the company you mentioned are certainly guilty.Rich,I will email you later,I think your suggestion is very good.Happy Thanksgiving all.

sandy revisited

@ November 27, 2013 7:21 AM in sandy revisited

Hi all.So we are a few weeks into heating season.So far I have had to repipe four boilers that were installed by a large company that came to everyones rescue(and not at a cheap price).I know the situation was hard ,getting boilers,parts etc but what I am seeing is a complete disregard for the victims.A question to all you get rich quick plumbers,why not answer the peoples calls come back and do the right thing.

burnham ES2 pilot assembly

@ November 11, 2013 7:00 AM in burnham ES2 pilot assembly

Anyone from Burnham out there.With such a high failure rate on the pilot assembly how does quality control let this pass.Such a shame as this boiler fits so many customers needs.

re circ line

@ October 14, 2013 9:01 AM in recirc line

I forgot to mention there will be a pump on the recirc line

thanks rod

@ October 14, 2013 8:50 AM in recirc line

yeah i am using a mixing valve on outlet and storing water at 140. Burnham Alliance doesnt show a piping diagram for a recirc line.I saw on a taco drawing about bringing it into the bottom of indirect.Actually my first time using caleffi material and what quality they have.I will post pics after install.Thanks again.

recirc line

@ October 13, 2013 9:03 PM in recirc line

how do you guys prefer to pipe in a recirc line into a indirect without a designated port.
...into bottom of tank(remove drain and install tee etc) or into cold water supply with check.thanks


@ October 11, 2013 7:29 AM in New Furnace Setup - What do you think?

fail,,,if counted a few times he failed it,thats enough for is fail no guess installer hopefully he will do right

pro dope

@ October 11, 2013 7:25 AM in The best pipe dope.

teflon and pro dope.on gas only pro dope=no and bluebloc dont get on to well,i get more on myself than the pipe...good thread

mid range boiler

@ October 9, 2013 7:03 AM in Looking for a decent boiler w/ indirect

I have had luck with Burnham ES2 and an Alliance indirect.Install an outdoor reset and I really think you got a competitive system unless you go for more advanced boilers such as stated above.


@ October 1, 2013 7:08 AM in Which Pipe Sealant?

Hercules pro dope.this is my choice for years.


@ September 21, 2013 11:12 AM in loop of steam boiler(jstar/jamie)?

Yep it's a 4 inch nipple between tee and ell,where it should be close nipple.Thermostat turns on pump.Of the header its a bullheaded tee with 2in going to system and 1/14 equalizer and Hartford loop.I see what you are saying about water shooting up,makes sense.Thanks Ron.

loop of steam

@ 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.

loop of steam boiler(jstar/jamie)?

@ 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...

stainless vs stone lined on long island(Mr O' Brien)

@ September 7, 2013 7:56 AM in stainless vs stone lined on long island(Mr O' Brien)

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 .
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