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Water line

@ November 15, 2012 3:47 AM in Wet Return/False Water line Question...

The idea is that if you don't have the proper A Dimension, from exposing a wet return, you'll need to prevent steam from causing water hammer in the horizontal condensate lines. You use the false water line to "water seal" the steam, and prevent it from entering the return.

Heat and hot water

@ November 15, 2012 3:38 AM in converting to gas

Stand alone water heaters are inefficient, inadequate, and need to disappear. They are an outdated, and often unsafe "technology". Your best option is a mod/con boiler with an indirect water heater. That will let you use the high 90% efficiency of the boiler to make your domestic hot water. The sizes depend on the fixtures and usage in your home.

Error code

@ November 13, 2012 6:47 AM in Weil-McLain won't heat

I din't see or remember any "vent" light code. Could it have been some other LED code?


@ November 12, 2012 11:02 PM in Weil-McLain won't heat

Whatis the model number? Does anything happen or run at all?


@ November 12, 2012 8:58 PM in Radiator ID


Of course, my search ends on this website, with a thread from a year ago.

Radiator ID

@ November 12, 2012 8:35 PM in Radiator ID

Only marking is "AA CRITTING...." I think.


@ November 10, 2012 10:00 PM in mad dog here...need warm air furnace help

Recovery? I hope you aren't doing anything dangerous.


@ November 10, 2012 9:57 PM in is it safe to fix a boiler that was submerged


Seriously... Don't do it. There are a few threads here on the same topic. They're worth reading.


@ November 9, 2012 9:27 PM in So, we just De-Knuckleheaded nickdu's steam boiler.

We started at the RS opening, elbowed over and down. Spun the first tee in place. Then came up and connected the LS opening. The RS union is just for service and symmetry.


@ November 9, 2012 7:53 PM in possible blocked radiator?

Definitely a flow problem. Like you said, bleeding water gives the hot water somewhere to go. Did you calculate head and flow for the new pump? What size pipe feeds the radiator? What size is the radiator?


@ November 9, 2012 7:51 PM in Aquastat L8148E Problem

Don't do it. The gas valve will stay on all the time.


@ November 9, 2012 7:47 PM in So, we just De-Knuckleheaded nickdu's steam boiler.

Felt real good to stand back and look at this one when it was all done. Three inch cast iron brings a real presence to the room.

The only pipe we threaded was the returns. Everything else was nipples. We bring about 4 sets of pipe, and wind up using 20 short nipples.

We're going back to install a Vaporstat and to upgrade the existing main vents.


@ November 9, 2012 7:27 PM in So, we just De-Knuckleheaded nickdu's steam boiler.

They are Tees. One is a 2 x 3/4 x 2 tee. You phrase it Run x Run x Bull.


@ November 8, 2012 11:55 PM in So, we just De-Knuckleheaded nickdu's steam boiler.



@ November 8, 2012 11:54 PM in So, we just De-Knuckleheaded nickdu's steam boiler.



@ November 8, 2012 11:52 PM in So, we just De-Knuckleheaded nickdu's steam boiler.



@ November 8, 2012 11:49 PM in So, we just De-Knuckleheaded nickdu's steam boiler.


So, we just De-Knuckleheaded nickdu's steam boiler.

@ November 8, 2012 11:46 PM in So, we just De-Knuckleheaded nickdu's steam boiler.


Check this link if the pictures don't work. I'll fix them when I get on my real computer.

Nickdu had a thread here a few weeks back. Noise, and performance issues with the steam boiler. Well...the pictures tell the story.

When we left, the system was whispering along. The exit velocity went from 45 feet per second, with the old piping, to 10 fps with the new setup.


@ November 7, 2012 10:37 PM in A controversial topic

It's funny...I never have a problem finding large pipe sizes.

Hopefully, some time this winter, I'll have the equipment to thread everything up to 4" and will make custom nipples for customers and contractors. Special discounts for Heating Help users :)


@ November 7, 2012 10:34 PM in Prognosis for saltwater submerged boiler?

If you do all of the work yourself, it MAY be worth it. To pay a qualified contractor, adding to the cost, it's usually more economical to replace the entire system. Plus, if your insurance, or FEMA, covers the cost, why take a chance? I will never recommend simply fixing a flooded appliance unless a customer signs an incredibly specific contract assuming all liability from that point forward. Even then...not worth it. Somebody being hurt or killed would still be my fault. I'm the professional. I should know better.

Big pipe

@ November 7, 2012 10:24 PM in Can there ever be too much Main Venting?

We thread everything up to 2" pipe. Larger than that, we use pre-cut nipples and very careful planning. We also have about 3 times as many nipples as will be required, so we have a lot more options available than just trying to measure once and buy once. Maybe if you get some measurments, we can draw a diagram for you with pipe sizes and lengths. I see an "easy" way of at least adding one more riser.


@ November 7, 2012 7:57 PM in Oversized Boiler?

It's very unfortunate. It sounds like you did your research, but just had a bad experience. Sometimes, you just can't plan for somebody else's bad decision. It just blows my mind that somebody would even do that to a customer.
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