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JStar

Joined on February 27, 2010

Last Post on July 16, 2014

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Threader

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

What's the availability on replacement dies?

Rads

@ 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.

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Steam

@ 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.

Ugh!

@ 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.

Plumber

@ 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.

Gas

@ 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?

CO

@ 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.

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?

Steam

@ 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.

Heat

@ January 12, 2013 2:14 PM in HOW TO GET A WEIL-MCLAIN GAS STEAMER BOILER TO TURN ON AND STAY ON

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

Vent

@ 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.

Pictures

@ January 11, 2013 8:58 AM in Picture Problems ( Dan )

I usually post pictures from my iPad, and it does not support Flash or file renaming, so my photos are always screwed up.

Gas

@ January 10, 2013 4:38 PM in steam boiler conversion from Oil to Natural Gas?

What model boiler?

Steam

@ January 10, 2013 1:04 PM in decision time ... replace or new

You can ask Burnham if they will contibute the cost of repair into the new boiler.

It looks like there is nothing wrong with the existing piping, ad long as it is sized correctly.

Those vent connections are incorrect as well. The water heater needs to be closest to the chimney. Looks like a ling run, too. Maybe the boiler can be moved back a little.

I service your area of NY if you ever wanted another opinion or estimate.

Steam

@ January 10, 2013 7:12 AM in Unusual piping

I did not rip any insulation apart, but may do so when we go back next week. There are also a few risers where the Cross is capped off on the bottom, and another unusal pipe on the dry return. I'll snap some more photos later.

Unusual piping

@ January 9, 2013 7:33 AM in Unusual piping

I've never seen this before. Every radiator is installed off of a cross tee that ties into the dry return. My first reaction is that the steam will fill the return at the same time as the main, and possibly disturb the distribution balance. The house was built 1927. Any info on this arrangement? We're scheduled to fix some near boiler and venting issues next week. I'll take notes on which way the steam travels.

CO

@ January 9, 2013 7:28 AM in Forced Air Furnace Issue - Troubleshooting and Identification

CO might not enter the living space if the heat exchanger is cracked. However, the furnace is still unsafe and presents a list of other issues. And most alarms go off at very high levels. They are not sensitive enough to detect a level of CO that is still dangerous.

Glad to hear that you had a good experience, and all is fixed and well.

Vent

@ January 9, 2013 7:23 AM in Help identifying, replacing main air vent

You can install a reducing fitting to fit the vent onto the existing opening.

Boiler

@ January 8, 2013 10:17 PM in Slant Fin Steam Boiler

It all depends on the system size.

Boiler

@ January 8, 2013 8:31 PM in HOW TO GET A WEIL-MCLAIN GAS STEAMER BOILER TO TURN ON AND STAY ON

Edit

Carlin

@ January 8, 2013 11:46 AM in Boiler sizing with EZ gas/intrepid

Go for the Carlin 201 for higher capacities.

You can at least match the boiler efficiency, or even do a little better.
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