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@ December 19, 2012 11:16 PM in How do you pitch a Sunrad Burnham?

There's really no way to pitch them. The valves on the inside make it nearly impossible. I think your issue might be the length of piping underneathe.


@ December 17, 2012 12:17 PM in Extremely Loud Banging in Pipes/Shaking Floorboards

Is this two pipe steam?

Banging is caused by steam and water meeting each other where they shouldn't. I'd suspect sagging pipes, or improper piping techniques.


@ December 16, 2012 5:21 PM in Cold radiator

How does the supply run out look? Proper pitch? No sags?


@ December 16, 2012 4:49 PM in steam from tank vent

And you still needt o maintain a proper height from the water line to the trap after the zone valves. 28" per 1psi.


@ December 16, 2012 2:27 PM in steam from tank vent

I didn't realize this was one pipe steam. If the tank is staying, then as mentioned, all steam lineswill haveto be trapped. An easier solution...get rid of the tank.


@ December 16, 2012 10:06 AM in steam from tank vent

If all of the returns are joining below the water line, you shouldn't need to trap them all. Why is there even a condensate tank at all?


@ December 16, 2012 10:02 AM in steam from tank vent

Have you teated the F&T trap?


@ December 9, 2012 6:21 PM in Cast Iron fitting

Where are you?


@ December 9, 2012 6:18 PM in Close to perfect BUT...bangggg

Another thought.

The indirect tank does not have a tempering bypass. When he boiler is fully steaming, you may be flashing off inside the tank.


@ December 9, 2012 5:13 PM in Purpose of this pipe?

Is there any marking on the outside? If not, how could it accurately be used for any type of inner channel?

Draft control

@ December 9, 2012 5:10 PM in A recent Smith / Carlin EZ-Gas install

Usually, we only have access for one location or another. I like the horizontal tee because it saves an extra elbow,and allows us to inspect the chimney without taking anything apart. I've been able to control the draft very well with either location.

A recent Smith / Carlin EZ-Gas install

@ December 8, 2012 10:31 PM in A recent Smith / Carlin EZ-Gas install

I'll skip trying to make the pictures upload correctly. We finished this job yesterday. At the end of a long day, we found that the gas supply was faulty from the utility service, so we never got a chance to run it. Hope to have the prolem fixed early next week. Will post some combustion results then.


@ December 4, 2012 10:45 PM in need a pipefitter in central NJ to build a new near-boiler setup

We're set up to do the work in two weeks. Will take plenty of pictures. And we'll get to sit down and work because the basement is only 5 feet tall. Was everybody a foot shorter in the 1800‘s?


@ December 4, 2012 7:45 PM in Condensate from chimmney

What size is the liner? How tall is the chimney?


@ December 3, 2012 7:53 PM in Conversion to Gas - two systems to one.

Zoning steam is not as easy as throwing on a couple of valves. It has not been installed correctly and needs to be rectified.

Can you take more pictures from the front of the boiler?


@ December 3, 2012 7:50 PM in need a pipefitter in central NJ to build a new near-boiler setup

I'm your man. Go through my info and call or email me.


@ December 2, 2012 3:57 PM in Utica steam and return pipes

That is...incorrect...inaccurate...umm....wrong.

Do you have pictures of the boiler and piping?


@ December 2, 2012 12:54 PM in water introduced to boiler???

Well, it has to be coming from somewhere.

Sometimes, old valves can leak past, even if they are closed.

Is there any type of water coil in the boiler for domestic use?


@ December 2, 2012 7:43 AM in Utica steam and return pipes

Old pipes leak. It happens. Closing radiators shouldn't have caused it. My only first reaction, if there are a lot of leaks, is that something may have triggered it.

What kind of maintenance has been done? Do you have an automatic water feeder?


@ November 30, 2012 9:28 PM in One-pipe steam with copper piping

I do work around Philly. I'd be happy to take a look at your system.


@ November 30, 2012 9:25 PM in Steam Boiler to Baseboard Heat

The pump also needs to be bronze or stainless steel with a bypass line installed to temper thr water.


@ November 29, 2012 4:07 PM in Steam Radiator Rattling

I've had this same scenario happen. Th disc in the valve fell off and was flopping around inside whenever the steam came up.
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