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@ December 21, 2012 10:25 PM in need help reading the pressure gaugeThere is a slottedscrew on top that can be turnedto adjust it.
That boiler is not piped anything near to correct. That is most definitely causing a lot of your problems.
Refer to page 7 of the installation instructions.
@ December 21, 2012 9:57 PM in need help reading the pressure gaugeSet the right side scale at 2psi. Your boiler should operate correctly at much less than that, but it's the lowest that control allows.
Do youhave more picturesof the boiler and piping?
@ December 21, 2012 8:04 PM in So, a Parallell-Flow and a Counter-Flow walk into a Tee...I just think it's all really cool stuff. I bet everyone on this site gets a mention in the year 3012 edition of The Lost Art.
@ December 21, 2012 8:44 AM in So, a Parallell-Flow and a Counter-Flow walk into a Tee...Whenever I post from my tsblet, the pictures never upload correctly. You can open the image in a new window to view it properly.
@ December 21, 2012 7:22 AM in How do you pitch a Sunrad Burnham?If it slopes down towards the right, wouldn't the return pipe/fittings trap water?
@ December 20, 2012 9:10 PM in Wax on, wax off, wax on...Not enough draft through the boiler when the hood is free...? Curtain effect?
The flame is starving in some way.
@ December 20, 2012 8:50 PM in So, a Parallell-Flow and a Counter-Flow walk into a Tee...Afterwards. We kept both mains pitched the way they were. There was no other option that would be any easier or economical. The new return drops into the wet leg near the boiler.
Just a little trick to keep in the ol' skull library.
@ December 20, 2012 8:49 PM in So, a Parallell-Flow and a Counter-Flow walk into a Tee...We just did some repiping for a customer with a lot of water hammer and cold radiators. The original steam main looked like the first picture. The 2" pipe was actually bent to make that swooping belly at the middle tee, where it drained into a dry return. The second picture is how we fixed it.
@ December 20, 2012 11:03 AM in Should we not replace the boiler?On the bright side, you now get to install a new, efficient steam boiler, and have it operate the way it's supposed to. A boiler usually rots out for a reason. Copper piping has a tendency to leak...A LOT. Then the feeder adds fresh water every day, and eats away the inside of the boiler.
Use this time to do your research. Choose a steam contractor first. Then go over the details. Don't settle for any contractor who doesn't work on and understand steam.
@ December 20, 2012 8:23 AM in How do you pitch a Sunrad Burnham?Aside from the vent possibly not being needed, the longer piping gives the steam and condensate more areas to interact within (not good). And since they cannot be properly pitched with ease, it may cause noise. We usually see these rads piped with an elbow pointing directly down out of the bottom.
@ December 19, 2012 11:16 PM in How do you pitch a Sunrad Burnham?There's really no way to pitch them. The valves on the inside make it nearly impossible. I think your issue might be the length of piping underneathe.
@ December 17, 2012 12:17 PM in Extremely Loud Banging in Pipes/Shaking FloorboardsIs this two pipe steam?
Banging is caused by steam and water meeting each other where they shouldn't. I'd suspect sagging pipes, or improper piping techniques.
@ December 16, 2012 5:21 PM in Cold radiatorHow does the supply run out look? Proper pitch? No sags?
@ December 16, 2012 4:49 PM in steam from tank ventAnd you still needt o maintain a proper height from the water line to the trap after the zone valves. 28" per 1psi.
@ December 16, 2012 2:27 PM in steam from tank ventI didn't realize this was one pipe steam. If the tank is staying, then as mentioned, all steam lineswill haveto be trapped. An easier solution...get rid of the tank.
@ December 16, 2012 10:06 AM in steam from tank ventIf all of the returns are joining below the water line, you shouldn't need to trap them all. Why is there even a condensate tank at all?
@ December 9, 2012 6:18 PM in Close to perfect BUT...banggggAnother thought.
The indirect tank does not have a tempering bypass. When he boiler is fully steaming, you may be flashing off inside the tank.