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Part Six

@ January 17, 2013 9:12 PM in Job Pictures. 1930's TRANE Vapor system.


Part Five

@ January 17, 2013 9:11 PM in Job Pictures. 1930's TRANE Vapor system.


Part Four

@ January 17, 2013 9:10 PM in Job Pictures. 1930's TRANE Vapor system.


Part Three

@ January 17, 2013 9:09 PM in Job Pictures. 1930's TRANE Vapor system.


Part Two

@ January 17, 2013 9:08 PM in Job Pictures. 1930's TRANE Vapor system.


Job Pictures. 1930's TRANE Vapor system.

@ January 17, 2013 9:07 PM in Job Pictures. 1930's TRANE Vapor system.


We just finished a steam replacement in Pennsylvania for a HeatingHelp customer. The old boiler was an SGO-6. We installed a Smith 8S3. Half the size. We also brought the system into proper order by replacing a series of bad repairs causing a lack of heat, and lots of water hammer.

We replaced 40 feet of 1-1/4" copper at the end of the 2" steam main (concentric reducer). Repitched a few radiator run outs and returns. Replaced some copper run outs. Installed two new radiators. Installed a handful of TRV's. Upgraded all of the venting, favoring the 80 foot steam main. Replaced a couple trap elements (original traps, 80 years old). We spent more than a few hours inside of the pictured crawl space, hugging the steam main to keep warm. And maybe my favorite part, we installed a gauge glass on the Trane Direct Return Trap, giving it a second life with the new system.


@ January 17, 2013 6:17 AM in Wayne MSR/Bock 32e Not Igniting Reliably

It always amuses takes a $1,000 tool to find the problem, and a $1 tool to fix the problem.


@ January 16, 2013 7:16 PM in How many books?

Where are you located? There may be a steam specialist hiding out nearby.


@ January 16, 2013 2:27 PM in Unusual piping

Most of the radiators really are connected between the supply and return through cross tees. It appears to cause no distinguishable system issue. The returns never got hot until the mains were hot. All radiators heating at the same time.


@ January 15, 2013 7:59 PM in Some more De-Knuckleheading

We finished this job today. Installed two sets of two Gorton 2 vents. The mains went from 16 minutes hot to 3 minutes hot. Can't wait to see his new fuel bill.


@ January 15, 2013 7:56 PM in Toledo Threader

What's the availability on replacement dies?


@ January 14, 2013 6:47 PM in Hot Water compatible Cast Iron rads for sale

Location? Pictures?

Some more De-Knuckleheading

@ January 14, 2013 5:03 PM in Some more De-Knuckleheading

We just finished this repiping today. Going back tomorrow to install new main vents, and Vaporstat.


@ January 13, 2013 11:00 PM in Main vents should be here?

There is no such thing as too much main venting. The radiator sucking air is a symptom of wet steam, or venting imbalance.


@ January 13, 2013 10:26 PM in "eye candy "for a chimney liner

He shouldn't be allowed to be in business. There is no excuse for that kind of ignorance. We hear that a lot from fly by night chimney companies.


@ January 13, 2013 9:29 AM in Improper Combustion - could it be too high gas pressure?

That usually translates as, "I don't know how to fix it", or, "I'm too lazy to fix it".

There are definite things that you could test and do to remedy this problem. It is a major safety concern and needs to be fixed.


@ January 13, 2013 9:23 AM in 9 residential

What gas pressure do you have when the boiler is off, and when the boiler is running?


@ January 12, 2013 9:43 PM in Improper Combustion - could it be too high gas pressure?

You really need a professional to help. If somebody can't tell you why CO is produced, then don't let them in your house.

You need draft, O2, and CO2 numbers to decide what the problem is, without even opening up the boiler.


@ January 12, 2013 5:35 PM in Improper Combustion - could it be too high gas pressure?

What was the CO level?
Was there any other combustion numbers? O2? CO2? Flue temperature?
What was the draft before and after the draft hood?


@ January 12, 2013 5:29 PM in 2 questions on my old steam system

Damn, that boiler piping is awful. There's your biggest problem. That'll cause wet steam and give you a terribly innefficient system

Looks like you have a very unhappy system, with a whole lot of knuckleheading. Anything you do will be a great improvement to your comfort level and your fuel bills.



I service your area, and would be available to help. I sent you a private email.


@ January 12, 2013 12:02 PM in Steam air vent spitting water and hammer/banging noise

That vent looks like it slopes the wrong way. It'll collect water and never drain out of the brass fittings.
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