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Last Post on July 23, 2014

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@ December 31, 2012 12:25 PM in Oversized Boiler?

You are right about the sizing. Down-firing is incredibly inefficient, and sometimes dangerous, both to you and the boiler. Don't do it. There is a reason why boilers come in multiple sizes.


@ December 31, 2012 11:42 AM in Arcoleader Boiler age?

Most likely 1950's.


@ December 31, 2012 9:33 AM in leak checking a water cooled condenser

Instead of pressure testing the refrigerant side, I'll drain the water, recover the refrigerant, and pressure test from the water side of the condenser. No cutting, no brazing.


@ December 31, 2012 9:01 AM in $50 if you can figure this out...

You can find my company info in my profile, from the signature below. Or email me at

Have you talked to any other tenants? Do they have the same problem?


@ December 31, 2012 8:55 AM in Oversized Boiler, now what?

Never remove burners. You can create a very unsafe condition, both for you, and the boiler.

27% is not the worst we see. As long as the boiler is installed above and beyond the minimum requirements, and go real heavy on venting, you can smooth out a lot of the oversizing symptoms.

I would vent the radiator closest to the thermostat a little slower.


@ December 31, 2012 8:52 AM in Knocking Radiator in 120 yr. Old House

Definitely a newly mis-pitched pipe.

Where are you located? We can suggest a real steam specialist that would NEVER recommend "living with it"!


@ December 30, 2012 11:54 PM in $50 if you can figure this out...

It's not worth looking at only one radiator. I (and any good steam contractor) would be willing to help you, but only if we have access to the whole system. The landlord needs to cooperate.


@ December 30, 2012 11:42 PM in $50 if you can figure this out...

Try opening only the return valve. Maybe the supply valve is leaking past.


@ December 30, 2012 10:34 AM in Women in Trades

Man, woman, or beast...this industry needs people who care.

Welcome to The Wall!


@ December 29, 2012 10:14 PM in Furnace vs hot water heater

Sounds like either a gas supply or venting issue. I would have the problem found as soon as possible to make sure hat everything is working safely.


@ December 29, 2012 9:55 PM in In Desperate Need of Advice

Believe it or not, no matter what type of system you have, steam will follow the same rules in each one. So...what's the question?


@ December 29, 2012 2:06 PM in cool dead man pipefitter pendant or charm

More info, please.


@ December 29, 2012 2:05 PM in Question on steam boiler

I just sent you a private message. In the meantime, here's a link to some of our install pictures.


@ December 29, 2012 12:41 AM in Utica Starfire 3 steam boiler- oil burner conversion to gas burner

Here are our Facebook pictures.

The conversion

And the piping

No before pictures. One of the boiler risers was supplying the header AFTER the main risers.

We also replaced one of the twinned Gorton 1’s wih a Gorton 2 after the conversion pictures were taken.


@ December 28, 2012 3:35 PM in NYC consultant?

I'll only go into New York for steam. We're available to help. You can find my info in my signature.


@ December 27, 2012 8:37 PM in Air Vents v. Vacuum Breakers

Is this two pipe steam? What pressure is the boiler running at?


@ December 27, 2012 7:47 PM in Condensate from chimmney

The liner only needs to be 5". What size was installed? Has a combustion analysis ever been done?


@ December 23, 2012 11:48 AM in fluctuating draft with power vent + power gas

Don't you just love the nuance of every little detail? Being forced to visualize something that's invisible (air) will make you question your sanity.


@ December 23, 2012 11:07 AM in 9 residential

Can you hear or see if the radiator valves and nearby piping is leaking?


@ December 22, 2012 5:48 PM in Latest MegaSteam!

Another gorgeous job.

Agreed on the draft control. The movie version would be played by Boris Karloff.

I love the cooking pot, scale...any means necessary devices.


@ December 22, 2012 5:37 PM in Vacuum Vapor - oil or gas?

The system doesn't care what fuel is used...but your wallet does!


@ December 22, 2012 5:00 PM in need help reading the pressure gauge

I made an appointment to look at her system next week. I'll report more details afterwards.
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