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@ October 13, 2012 5:44 PM in Banging steam pipes need help

Have you had this problem in the past? Did it just start this year? Could be bad traps, or sagging pipes. If it just started his year, odds are that some traps went bad.


@ October 13, 2012 5:40 PM in Hot Water Loop to Steam Boiler

Don't use that plumber!! Call a heating professional. Where are you located?

You need a bypass loop, at least, to maintain proper temperature in the pumped loop. A heat exchanger is not necessary on all applications.


@ October 13, 2012 7:47 AM in DOES ANYONE NEED ONE OF THESE?

It does look similar to a Trane vent, except the female fitting instead of a male thread on the bottom, and the hex nut on top.


@ October 13, 2012 7:22 AM in low inlet gas pressure

1/2" of CSST gas pipe is only good for 55,000 BTUH. You need at least a 3/4" line, but I would use 1".


@ October 13, 2012 7:00 AM in DOES ANYONE NEED ONE OF THESE?

Nice. I would never use that on a job, but it would look nice in my office. Hmmm. Gotta send this link to my wife.


@ October 13, 2012 6:57 AM in Tenant needs heat

Where are you located? We may know a local steam guy who can help,

Wrapping the pipes will only help a little bit. Do the radiators have air vents? They could go bad.


@ October 12, 2012 8:21 PM in Taco pumps and zone valves wiring with SR503 relay

Treat the zone valve end switches as the "thermostat" at the zone board. You can pigtail them together on one terminal for the pump. You then need a separate transformer to power the valves and thermostat circuit.


@ October 12, 2012 12:44 PM in Here Comes the Heating Season!

11. When you boil water for pasta on the stove, you grab a chair, a stop watch, and a notebook.


@ October 12, 2012 9:47 AM in Heat Pump

I've had a helper install the FD backwards on a straight AC system. Never had a problem.


@ October 12, 2012 9:46 AM in Analyze my combustion analysis

The high stack temp could also be a slightly high draft as well. You can see the excess air go down as the temp goes down. With a draft hood, there is no way to control that. Did you take a draft reading right out of the boiler?

Heating man

@ October 12, 2012 9:38 AM in Here Comes the Heating Season!

10. When driving on a major highway, the next exit is an-inch-and-a-quarter miles away.


@ October 11, 2012 10:39 PM in Reducing gas supply to oversized steam boiler????

Lowering, or derating, a gas appliance is both innefficient and unsafe. That method is largely regarded as a terrible idea. The contractor has a responsibility to correctly size and install the boiler.

Check valve

@ October 11, 2012 3:56 PM in boiler make up water

I've always been told that it has to be right at the boiler, after any other control.


@ October 10, 2012 10:36 PM in Weil McClain Gas Boiler Not Working

I'm in NJ, but I do work in your area. Folow my link below and I can help you.


@ October 10, 2012 10:15 PM in Weil McClain Gas Boiler Not Working

Anything is replaceable, including the whole boiler. It really depends on the actual problem and condition of the system.

Where are you located? We may know somebody in the area.


@ October 10, 2012 9:08 PM in New (Old) House - Vent Question

Crash, you maniac. Love that idea! I think the idea of back pressure is the amount of pressure pushing back towards the boiler.

What pressure does that gauge typically read during operation?


@ October 10, 2012 7:57 PM in Boiler died, can HO tackle the install?

I always say no, but that never stops anybody.

Copying what is there is not always a good idea. Not every boiler is installed efficiently. In fact, most have been hacked together from the start.

Where are you located? I always encourage homeowners to be involved with the work. You might be able to find somebody interested in helping, or at least advising.


@ October 10, 2012 7:52 PM in Weil McClain Gas Boiler Not Working

Could be a plugged pigtail, or any number of bad safeties or controls.


@ October 9, 2012 10:41 PM in WOMAN NEEDS HELP-Forced Air Heating Challenge

Were are you located? We may know somebody that can help.


@ October 9, 2012 10:19 PM in Ghost Flow

You have a system with multiple supply temperatures, so you don't need to mix-down all of the supply, just to the low temp zones.


@ October 9, 2012 9:09 PM in What makes a boiler sound like a Moose?


What kind of boiler?


@ October 9, 2012 8:25 PM in awesome old steam

No such thing as "Dead Men".
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