Joined on February 27, 2010
Last Post on December 4, 2013
@ December 4, 2013 1:19 PM in Steam Pro in Philadelphia PAI service Philly. You may have seen us getting a parking ticket at Rittenhouse Square a few days ago. Feel free to call or email any time. My info is below.
@ December 4, 2013 6:15 AM in Big steam pipes (6") need big wrenches (48")Ours just arrived last week! I made our apprentice dead lift it over his head to test it out.
@ December 3, 2013 8:17 PM in Something NewI'm surprised the bullet wasn't aimed at the 007. Maybe if it was shot from a golden gun?
@ December 3, 2013 8:15 PM in Rezeroing 3psi gauge?MarkS beat you all to it! He basically did what you have; a tee and a cap.
I've noticed that these sensitive gauges are always going out of calibration on some systems. We use 0-32 oz. gauges on every boiler, and they very often go down into a vacuum. Now, I see the numbers more as an arbitrary benchmark, instead of an exact measurement.
As for the beer...I've found that the mouth is the best way to get it in.
@ December 3, 2013 8:09 PM in Got an estimateWe don't discuss pricing here.
What problems were you having? What did he propose to do?
@ December 3, 2013 4:17 PM in Steam pros in Nassau Co, Long islandI'll go anywhere for steam.
Call or email me any time.
@ December 3, 2013 11:46 AM in Need Help With an Old BoilerSmart move. You'll wind up getting the repair made quickly, and economically, as opposed to changing random parts until it's fixed.
Where are you located? We may know somebody in the area.
@ December 3, 2013 11:33 AM in Need Help With an Old BoilerYou'll need an electrical meter that can measure micro-amps. There is a high potential for danger while testing any ignition system. I wouldn't trust a video to explain anything. Even with clear instructions, it's really tough to give out too much advice because of the safety hazards involved. If you are set on doing this work by yourself, you can email me privately.
@ December 3, 2013 11:20 AM in Need Help With an Old BoilerMay also be a bad ignition module or ground. You'll need to know how to troubleshoot the module before condemning the flame sensor.
@ December 3, 2013 8:29 AM in New boiler noisesWhat do the burner flames look like when it fires up?
@ December 3, 2013 7:39 AM in $125.00 for a 6" ell ???Get a price on a cast iron fitting in 6". You won't feel so bad anymore.
@ December 2, 2013 10:18 PM in New boiler noisesOil or gas? Power burner or atmospheric burners?
@ December 2, 2013 7:37 PM in HelpYou can safely run 40 feet of baseboard with a single 100K BTUH steam boiler without affecting the steam system.
It sounds like you need a new contractor that understands steam. Where are you located? We may know somebody nearby that can offer their expertise.
@ December 2, 2013 6:50 PM in Boiler Nozzle conversion - Help!See my response in the Oil Forum.
@ December 2, 2013 6:40 PM in Oil / Gas Nozzle conversion - HELP!You can install a gas conversion burner on that boiler and not lose any efficiency. Gas can be AS efficient, or MORE efficient than oil.
My requirements for a feasible gas conversion burner are:
1. Young age
2. Good condition
3. Properly sized
We install new wet-based boilers with power burners anyway, so either route is a good choice.
@ December 2, 2013 6:06 PM in Trial for ignitionThere has to be a shorted control wire somewhere. That should not happen.
Take the t-stat off the wall. See if it stops.
@ December 2, 2013 5:41 PM in HelpNot enough water? That's a lie.
How much baseboard is in the basement? What size steam boiler do you need?
@ December 2, 2013 5:37 PM in Another Twin System - 6" Drop HeaderNo pigtails. We had more room to work here so I made my own manifold pigtail. The control assembly comes out of the last boiler riser, and drops down to form a water seal. Easier to work with when you have a lot of controls/gauges..
That is indeed the 2-stage relay. The green one.
@ December 1, 2013 10:03 PM in NEW BOILER IS BANGING! HELP!What is the pressure set for? Are there any old valves on the radiators with any names? Any weird devices hanging around in the basement?
@ December 1, 2013 11:47 AM in Which is my "C" wire, want to install a new Hoenywell RTH9580The R8845U relay is a separate switching relay. Feed it with constant 120V, and tie in your t-stat and boiler wiring. Simple.
@ December 1, 2013 11:46 AM in anyone recognize this radiatorLooks like American Radiator Co's Italian Flue rads.