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Last Post on August 20, 2014

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@ 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.


@ December 21, 2012 10:51 PM in need help reading the pressure gauge



@ December 21, 2012 10:25 PM in need help reading the pressure gauge

There is a slottedscrew on top that can be turnedto adjust it.

That boiler is not piped anything near to correct. That is most definitely causing a lot of your problems.

Refer to page 7 of the installation instructions.


@ December 21, 2012 9:57 PM in need help reading the pressure gauge

Set the right side scale at 2psi. Your boiler should operate correctly at much less than that, but it's the lowest that control allows.

Do youhave more picturesof the boiler and piping?


@ December 21, 2012 8:04 PM in So, a Parallell-Flow and a Counter-Flow walk into a Tee...

I just think it's all really cool stuff. I bet everyone on this site gets a mention in the year 3012 edition of The Lost Art.


@ December 21, 2012 8:44 AM in So, a Parallell-Flow and a Counter-Flow walk into a Tee...

Whenever I post from my tsblet, the pictures never upload correctly. You can open the image in a new window to view it properly.


@ December 21, 2012 7:22 AM in How do you pitch a Sunrad Burnham?

If it slopes down towards the right, wouldn't the return pipe/fittings trap water?


@ December 20, 2012 9:18 PM in hammering steam system

Where was the hammering coming from?


@ December 20, 2012 9:10 PM in Wax on, wax off, wax on...

Not enough draft through the boiler when the hood is free...? Curtain effect?

The flame is starving in some way.
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