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JStar

Joined on February 27, 2010

Last Post on April 20, 2014

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Heat

@ February 1, 2014 8:09 PM in Heating solutions for naughty children?

Where are you located, so I can contact the local child protection services?

Pitch

@ February 1, 2014 7:57 PM in Pipe slope

The returns can be level and still work. Back-pitched....not so much. Are the returns hot?

Heat

@ February 1, 2014 7:40 PM in Not getting enough heat.

Looks like the circulator is upside-down.

What size boiler? The pipes looks too small as well.

Gas

@ February 1, 2014 7:30 PM in Oil to Gas conversion

Natural gas, right now, is 60% cheaper than oil. No brainer.

You can go either route. If you change the burner now and the boiler cracks next year, just relocate the existing gas burner to a new boiler.

Rads

@ February 1, 2014 3:33 PM in Can anyone identify this Radiator?

Gerry, you use that word "private" like it's a good thing.

Hammer

@ February 1, 2014 3:13 PM in Pipe Hammering

Boiler is installed wrong. Find a copy of the instruction manual, that the installer threw out, and throw it at him.

Strap

@ February 1, 2014 1:35 PM in How do i fixed mis-pitched main pipe

Now that I think about it, we'll sometimes see steam systems from the 40/50's that used perforated strap. The older systems don't.

Air

@ February 1, 2014 12:15 PM in Gorton Main Vent Survey

What vent opens at the highest temperature?

This debate may all end in the answer that thermostatic traps (open at 180F) are the best for venting.

Strap

@ February 1, 2014 12:12 PM in How do i fixed mis-pitched main pipe

Hmm. I usually only see split-ring hangers or chain.

G2

@ February 1, 2014 12:05 PM in Gorton Main Vent Survey

Why you gotta start trouble!?!

I don't think it's a problem. If they don't open, they also won't let air in. That's not a bad thing.

Waiting for MarkS to chime in with a 100 data point spreadsheet....

Main

@ February 1, 2014 11:58 AM in How do i fixed mis-pitched main pipe

I see perforated metal strap as a hanger. It was definitely modified some time after the original installation.

Eff

@ February 1, 2014 11:53 AM in Is the cost of a mod-con worth it on hi-temp baseboard?

I understand the difference between combustion and system efficiency, but you can't have a total system efficiency that is any greater than your starting point (combustion). On the other end, a more efficient system, and a more efficient envelope will go much further than the difference between 82 and 96% combustion efficiency.

Mod-Con

@ February 1, 2014 8:59 AM in Is the cost of a mod-con worth it on hi-temp baseboard?

Point #1. First time I ever saw 99.5% Efficiency on my analyzer was on one of our Triangle Tube boilers installed in a fin-tube baseboard system, operating during the summer.

Point #2. We run more service calls for cast--iron boilers than we do for mod-cons. Higher service/maintenance for mod-cons is a myth.

Buffalo

@ February 1, 2014 8:27 AM in Can anyone identify this Radiator?

Anywhere in Buffalo to host the next Steam Heat Advocacy meeting?

Radiator

@ February 1, 2014 6:35 AM in Can anyone identify this Radiator?

I see a prime time game show in the future...contestants will need to identify radiators, hand valves, traps, and air eliminators. The lightning round will involve putting all of those components together into one branded Vapor/Vacuum system.

Gas

@ January 31, 2014 6:33 PM in Oil to Gas Conversion Efficiency

Did they clean the boiler? Install the proper draft control? What were the combustion results?

Heat

@ January 31, 2014 3:55 PM in Not getting enough heat.

You're asking the system to do too much. 72F indoor temperature is about all you can expect during these cold snaps, unless the heating system is way oversized. Sorry.

Rad

@ January 30, 2014 6:11 PM in I think I have a stream radiator. Definitely have a high pitched whistle problem!

Looks like hot water from the pipe sizes. Although, it also looks modified, so who knows how it was originally installed?

Valve

@ January 30, 2014 5:33 PM in "Precise" Vapor Radiator Valve

Never saw that one before. Pennsylvania is a gold mind of vapor systems. Looks like that valve has been wrenched on and off and few times.

Radiator

@ January 30, 2014 5:08 PM in I think I have a stream radiator. Definitely have a high pitched whistle problem!

Well, at least there's a "trap" on it.

Is there also a lot of gurgling sounds?

Valves

@ January 30, 2014 5:06 PM in Radiator Valves

If you replace them, I'll buy them from you. I have a customer with a Warren Webster system looking to take out a few modern valves and install some originals.

Boiler

@ January 30, 2014 12:08 PM in Steam Boiler Make-up Water

Unfortunately, Burnham has a reputation of leaking often and early. That being said, there is usually still a cause for it.
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