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Last Post on July 23, 2014

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@ May 15, 2014 6:52 PM in Steam to Hot water

I'll give you consultation right here. Don't convert to hot water. Fix the vapor system and live in comfort and peace.


@ May 13, 2014 9:00 PM in replacing old gas boiler

Look at fire-tube boilers like Triangle Tube or Lochinvar's new series. They are VERY robust and less prone to failure from poor water conditions. The maintenance cost is the same. Some of the parts can be expensive to replace, but so can some parts on a conventional system.


@ May 13, 2014 8:55 PM in Mixing copper and iron pipes for steam? Insulation?

Just don't do copper. If you ever saw the things that we do, you wouldn't even consider it. The copper WILL destroy the rest of the iron in the system, even with dielectric isolation. Add the years of leaks and noises, and it's just not worth it. If you are anywhere near NJ, we can cut and thread custom pipe for you.


@ May 13, 2014 6:13 AM in Online design services

I have a rule in my company...If it's easy, it's probably not right. You would end up spending a lot less time and money if you find a qualified contractor to install these systems. There is a lot of knowledge, and A LOT of tools that you need to properly install and service these systems.


@ May 13, 2014 6:10 AM in Rerouting water heat pipes for a new house

Anything is possible with enough time and resources.

First step would be to have a heat loss calculation performed for the room. That will tell you exactly how many heating emitters are needed. Then you can decide where to put the needed baseboard/radiators.

Hartford Loop

@ May 10, 2014 6:13 AM in Hartford Loop

We install the loop high on purpose for bigger commercial jobs. It's called a Gifford Loop at that point. It shouldn't cause any functional problem. It's always a good idea to match water lines, but the way you described the wet returns, you shouldn't have a problem.


@ May 10, 2014 6:11 AM in Old baseboard steam radiator cold

Don't use that vent. Find a GORTON or MAID-O-MIST.


@ May 9, 2014 9:42 PM in Old baseboard steam radiator cold

The coin vents are made only for hot water systems. Do you have a picture of the vent?


@ May 8, 2014 8:24 PM in Vapor system questions

We work on a few Richardson systems. They are very simple and make for a very nice system. An absolute MUST is to operate at 5oz of pressure or less. A 2-stage gas valve would be perfect for this system as well. If the original pistol-shaped air eliminator is still there, there's a chance that you can maintain vacuum as well. Lucky homeowners!


@ May 6, 2014 7:23 PM in Arco Gravity boiler with Crane # 52

Looks like a side-arm water heater. Are two tappings plugged?


@ May 4, 2014 1:02 PM in Wiring size controversy

How long is the run of wire from breaker to unit?


@ May 3, 2014 7:36 PM in Pilot lit but burners not igniting


This is a lot more serious than Jamie even indicated. Do not attempt to use the boiler or water heater. You have a serious explosion hazad if you do.


@ May 1, 2014 6:54 PM in W-M SGO-3 to gas conversion

Carlin makes a welded flange version of the EZ Gas for that specific boiler. You cannot just buy them anywhere. You absolutely need a trained and competent technician to install the burner. There is a lot of adjustment and testing that needs to be properly done.

Small boiler

@ May 1, 2014 5:58 PM in List of small mod/cons

Mod/cons last just as long as CI boilers and have the same amount of maintenance. Sure, the parts are expensive, but that's what the maintenance is for.

Pipe size

@ May 1, 2014 6:23 AM in Please critique this layout

In regard to the pipe sizes....

According to my own charts, you can use one 3" riser or two 2" risers. The single 2.5" riser wouldn't be adequate. And a 3" header, which you have already. I'm not convinced that bushings are a problem for performance, although a good point was made about the ease of removal at a later date.


@ May 1, 2014 6:18 AM in New workshop- Help with options

They will upgrade the meter for free but the 100ft of gas line might be tens of thousands of dollars.


@ May 1, 2014 6:13 AM in Heat Load assessment different from quuted Boiler Size

What program did you use for the heat loss?

If you need 62,000 to heat the house, then you should choose a boiler that is about 75,000 BTUH INPUT. The NET rating of the boiler should match the heat loss. I would stay far away from any contractor who wants to oversize a system by that much. They obviously do not have your comfort or wallet in mind.

Triangle Tube

@ April 30, 2014 9:55 PM in Triangle Tube Prestige Solo

It's the only brand we use right now. Huge thumbs up!


@ April 30, 2014 7:03 PM in Please critique this layout

It's really no extra work. You just install one riser and the header. Then install the second riser backwards from the header to the boiler.


@ April 30, 2014 5:19 PM in Oil to gas conversion burner

We convert a lot of those boilers with great success. We only use Carlin. The Wayne is VERY temperamental and not a great fit for those tall and skinny Peerless boilers.

Gas will heat the house exactly the same as oil. It will be as efficient or more. It will just cost you a lot less to do it.


@ April 30, 2014 5:17 PM in New workshop- Help with options

Air to water heat pump? Could also run a chiller for radiant cooling!


@ April 30, 2014 5:15 PM in Radiator feet pedestal?

If anybody here ever opens their own foundry, count me in for voluntary work.
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