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@ May 27, 2014 6:44 PM in Very last steam seminar in Mt. Kisco

It doesn't look like there's a way to buy more than one admission at the same time? Is this possible, or should we do it all separately?

PS. Excited to get our apprentice to this seminar before you retire.


@ May 25, 2014 8:04 AM in troubleshoot constant call for heat

Is a zone valve open when it's not supposed to be?
Have you isolated which zone is the problem by disconnecting individual wires?


@ May 24, 2014 5:50 PM in Escalera Power Hand Truck

We have a newer model of this hand truck and can vouche for it. Worth every penny.


@ May 19, 2014 9:10 PM in We got mentioned in Green Building Advisor.

Must be a nice feeling when your work-baby starts walking around on its own.


@ May 19, 2014 8:41 PM in Steam to Hot water

You don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind. You don't pull the mask off that ol' lone ranger. And you don't convert steam to hot water.

Or something like that...

Somebody might get the impression that we take the loss of a steam system very seriously around here.


@ May 17, 2014 7:46 AM in Steamhead,Chris

It would probably work, but I would never do it.


@ May 16, 2014 4:26 PM in Sunrad Radiator - Loud banging problem

We have a rule in our company...If you want to find the problem (in a steam system), follow the copper first. Chances are that the knuckleheads who used the copper piping didn't install it correctly.


@ May 16, 2014 6:13 AM in Replacing existing steam system- hoping t get some opinions and advice

Where are you located? There are a lot of Richardson systems in NJ and PA that we service. There are more options than you think. The key to operting a successful Richardson system is INCREDIBLY LOW pressures. 3-5 ounces or less. It's the perfect system to use a 2-stage gas valve on. The near-boiler piping should be better than what the book recommends to ensure dry steam. If the original air eliminator is still there, you may even be able to run on a vacuum.

I would also steer clear of any kind of mechanical pumping device and rely on gravity returns.


@ 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.
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