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@ January 25, 2013 8:54 PM in Crossover trap

I'm very intrigued by this idea. I think the biggest factor is inital cost and future maintenance cost. If a system requires a lot of venting, this seems like a simple solution. Less moving parts. Less initial cost. Seems about as close to an open pipe capacity as you can get.


@ January 25, 2013 8:17 PM in Crossover trap

Dan, for a writer, you sure make a lot of short posts...but it gets right to the point. Thanks!

Crossover trap

@ January 25, 2013 8:02 PM in Crossover trap

Has anyone used a thermostatic trap as the only main vent, with the trap open to the atmosphere? If the outlet is piped to a safe location, is there any reason that this would not work?


@ January 25, 2013 6:52 PM in Air coming out of the top of Carlin burner

That air loss could be the cause, but as mentioned, the combustion and draft results will confirm it.

Where are you located? We can help you find a competent contractor.


@ January 25, 2013 6:35 AM in water hammer help! video included

Here's the Pressuretrol. It should have a Cut In dial on the front and a white wheel on the inside


@ January 25, 2013 6:32 AM in Brand New rad vent staying open.

The HD vents are not the greatest quality.

What pressure is the boiler running at?


@ January 25, 2013 6:30 AM in Dunkirk question

There is always a great benefit to adding the second riser. You will cut the exit velocity in half, which is a good thing. Especially with this style boiler. It needs all of the help it can get to produce dry steam.


@ January 25, 2013 6:25 AM in water hammer help! video included

You can also try to blow through any trapped water. When the system is off, remove the vent and blow through the opening. Replace the vent, and run the system. This "fix" will only work once, though, as the water will eventually fill up again.


@ January 24, 2013 8:24 PM in steam/air vent gushing water

Are the radiator valves fully open?


@ January 24, 2013 1:38 PM in VIDEO -- Nice downstairs, cool upstairs

68 may be too low for some people.

This sounds like a perfect application for TRV's to control individual radaitors as needed.


@ January 24, 2013 1:26 PM in Can newer main valves go bad?

It's not unheard of. What pressure is the boiler running at?


@ January 24, 2013 1:19 PM in New header design (what do you all think)

It probably only makes a negligible improvement to the steam quality. I think the reducing tees look nicer, though. Tough decision.


@ January 24, 2013 1:04 PM in New header design (what do you all think)

This is a job we did that is similar to yours.


@ January 23, 2013 10:00 PM in diverter tee

How big is the rad? How far apart are the tees?


@ January 23, 2013 9:56 PM in Steam vent on radiator kees leaking even after replacement

Aside from lowering the pressure, that piping isn't exactly right and may be causing wet, inefficient steam. The returns also join up high above the water line, allowing steam to disrupt proper balance and distribution. Wet steam will cause your problem, even a lower pressures. It will also make you waste a lot of fuel.


@ January 23, 2013 9:49 PM in Boiler installed wrong

I sent you an email. If you don't get it, you can find my info in my signature.


@ January 23, 2013 8:50 PM in High steam pressure at boiler

Bad pressure gauge? What is the pressure control set for?


@ January 23, 2013 7:25 PM in Residential Steam tech in Morristown NJ area?

I can help. Send me an email and I'll give you my company and cell phone number.


@ January 23, 2013 7:10 PM in Noisy boiler problem still persists

Can you describe the sound?


@ January 23, 2013 7:05 PM in Hudson county NJ steam heat specialists?

You can also find me in such places as...this thread!

I'd be happy to help. Give us a call or email any time. I get emails 24/7.


@ January 23, 2013 7:02 AM in Staged pressure controls

So, let's set an example.

I want a boiler to operate at 12 ounces. I would just set my high fire to cut out at 12, and then the low fire will cut out at 14 or 16? The high fire cut in should be set higher than the low fire cut in, right?


@ January 23, 2013 6:56 AM in MEGALOCK FAIL!!

Megaloc needs to be mixed very well, too. It will separate and get very thin on top when it's new or sits for a while. Using that top skim only will allow leaks.
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