Joined on September 13, 2010
Last Post on December 9, 2013
@ September 15, 2013 7:32 PM in Frozen heating pipesNo you can't. It won't happen. They've done simulated testing on it and it doesn't seem to happen. Yet.
@ September 10, 2013 8:15 AM in below slab floor drainsIn MA, a 2" trap outlet can't be more than 6' developed from a vent and 3" is 8'.
Minimum drain size under a slab is 3" with short runs of 2" allowed. You can "Wet Vent" a floor drain trap/drain with a sink drain, tied in closely to the trap where waste water from the sink will splash over into the FD trap so you won't need a trap re-sealer.
If the trap is in a garage, it is supposed to rum through a oil and gasoline interceptor.
@ September 9, 2013 1:27 AM in Your magic wand isn't workingSteamer,
I used to see that all the time. It's from the really good "experts" who take the top off and brush the crud down into the chamber.
Notice how the "rug" is folded back on both sides? It's from the Kibble & Bits that slide between the rug and the sides of the base. Because they never take the front off.
On Weil-McLain Gold boilers with swing away doors, they often pipe it so you can't get the door open. When I used to clean them, I opened them up and pulled the rug out. Then, cleaned UNDER it and ran an old screwdriver up the sides to get it all it.
The only plus is those kibbles and bits dry out and end up as a form of refractory pellets to reflect the heat back into the flame. But the cold boiler temps and cold exhaust temps will kill it every time.
Like the old HB Smith 2000 series "Low Sets with the pellets you poured onto the bottom and set a target wall some distance in front of the burner on long boilers.
Because so many know so much more than I do and have so much more experience than I do, I gave up. It takes a lot of time to clean one of those beasts. Someone said that it only takes an hour to clean one of them. It takes over an hour to take the front off on the first try without breaking off any studs.
All service trucks need a can or Aero Kroil and an can of Never Seize. And use them both.
@ September 9, 2013 1:10 AM in "serviced every year"- We were speechless.........Looks like a cold start Buderus to me. I've seen a few. Cold start oil, cold water coming into the boiler on start up, exhaust temperature way below 400 degrees, and if it is a Riello, it isn't set up properly.
If you find that the problem doesn't go away (and I don't think it will), install a Lynn "Wet Blanket" as a refractory rug on the bottom to reflect the heat of the flame back into it so it doesn't get quenched and get cold. That yellow cementious material is the sulphur in the oil mixing with ash and water vapors. I'll bet that there is the same yellow crud coming through the flue joints.
If you can look back to things I have posted in the past, I think I posted some photos of three Weil-McLain WGO-8's I took care of that looked like that after a year of running. I totally cleaned them every summer when the heat was off. In a year, it would be totally plugged up.
@ September 9, 2013 12:55 AM in Oil Line Clog & CO2 CartridgeEvery truck should have a portable air compressor in it. There is no linit to what you can do with one. If you have a water leak in plumbing and heating pipes, you can blow all the water out of the systems in a fraction of the time it takes to look around to make the water stop dripping.
I drained houses for the winter for years by just draining and opening up water heaters and pumping. When I switched to an air compressors, I could drain a 80 gallon water heater in 10 minutes or less and use it as an extra air tank. There is a large amount of water held in the piping. The turbulence of the air will suck up all the air. If you get a leaking tire on the truck, blow it up. I use it for air guns. The best PEX expander I ever used was an air powered one.
If you winterize houses and don't use an air compressor, you are working too hard. Lightweight airless compressors with hot dog tanks that weigh less than 75# will rule.
@ September 9, 2013 12:44 AM in Oil Line Clog & CO2 CartridgeMake something that you can connect an air hose to a flare fitting. Adjust the compressor regulator (not the pressure switch) to 0# PSI (Zero Pressure). If you are blowing under a floor, disconnect the burner end from the burner and add something so that you can put the end into a container. Slowly open the regulator. Watch the gauge on the compressor. It will "let go" soon. If it doesn't go right away, leave it at 15# and watch the end. Once the scuzz starts to flow, open the regulator and let the air flow. It won't get too high.
Sometimes, the obstruction is at the tank piping. Blow from the other end. Blow the scuzz into the tank. Put a spin-on filter on the tank and have one on the burner. The tank filter will collect the tank scuzz and keep the line clear. If the line is under the floor, install a Tigerloop and run the line overhead.
A CO2 tube can put over 1000# on an obstruction. That's how you blow oil lines. If you put 15# of air pressure on the line, sooner or later, it will move. Use the air to clean out the sludge in the oil line. The turbulence of the air will make it as clean as almost new.
In my experience.
@ July 12, 2013 3:03 PM in control valves: supply or returnI always considered most zone valves as a form of motorized valves.
@ July 12, 2013 2:56 PM in Medical Examiner in Utah amazed!Not all Medical Examiners are as astute as Dr. Quincy, Dr. G or Dr. Kay Scarpetta.
Some of them don't understand that if you are traveling slowly in a power boat, downwind (the wind blowing on to the stern, not the bow), the exhaust will be sucked into the cabin enclosure. Anyone below deck in the cabin can be easily overcome by CO. Anyone standing under a canopy on the deck can be overcome.
What is it that Steamhead says? "You can't fix stupid"? The same with stupid empirical statements.
@ June 27, 2013 5:30 PM in Professional?That's an immaculate connection. No thread sealer on the nipple threads or the black plug on the end.
At least two wrenches are being used. He's just getting warmed up for the twisting. He'll figure out that he has it wrong. Me personally, being extremely dyslexic, I put pipe wrenches on wrong all the time. Especially when I am on my back in a crawl space and there's no room for leverage or wrenches.
@ June 24, 2013 3:15 PM in Old style toilet flush valvesThe overflow is too high. It needs to be cut down. That fluidmaster ballcock that you installed isn't using the clip to keep the overflow tube above the flood level rim of the overflow tube.
That guide arm may not be perfect for the bulb stem. They have adjustable ones. It may keep the flush bulb cocked and off center
@ June 24, 2013 3:12 PM in Old style toilet flush valvesIf you buy a Fluidmaster #400 Pro or equal, they come with a clip that keeps the overflow tube below the after drip tube. With a tank that has a Syphonage protected ballcock, it will syphon if the tank is full and the water is overflowing. That's what that clip/device is for.
@ June 14, 2013 9:35 AM in How the Europeans do it?Cheramoya Street School Elementary, 1st through 6th.
Joseph LeConte, Junior High 7th through 9th,
Hollywood High School, 10th through 12th.
Graduated, Summer, 1962
The only bussing I ever did was taking the MTA city bus with student bus passes from Franklin & Bronson Ave's to La Brea and Highland Ave's. That's after a 1.5 mile walk down the canyon to the public bus stop. I lived on the edge of Griffith Park.
@ June 14, 2013 9:15 AM in NEED User/Owners Manual for Old American Standard BoilerThat boat mooring block is rated at 800,000 gross gas input. The IBR rating is in the low 500,000's. Not so far out for the (usually) vastly oversized heating boilers of the day. Unless it is a steamer, in which case, it may have been properly sized for the radiation. Unlikely.
Someone needs to do some calculations on that potential marine object. A modern sealed combustion unit could probably fit between the smallest available unit and the IBR net rating.
@ June 13, 2013 6:45 AM in I want one of these!Some people just have far too much time on their hands.
@ June 13, 2013 6:40 AM in How the Europeans do it?That's not stated poorly, just in a way that those of us with "learning Disabilities" intuitively understand.
What's missed today in education as opposed to 50+ years ago is the opportunity to be exposed to other ways of thinking.
So, here's one of my many learning disabilities. Detailed memory that can be instantly recalled. It's fragmentary. There are seven learning styles but today, there are only three taught. If you do not learn in those three styles, school was not designed for you. Back 50 +/1 years ago in the Los Angeles City School System, I think that most styles were accommodated. We had shops from Junior High through High School and the Junior College system was an extension of the trade school system. You could get a free college education in California and go to Junioe College and become a machinist, welder or draftsman. For free. Then, the great Ronald Reagan eliminated all those programs. Those programs taught me to learn and see where what was taught in basic math class had an application in the real world and shop classes. There was a connection. I am numerically challenged. Numbers have littler meaning to me. There are 10 symbols in the numerical alphabet (1 through 0) and symbols that make up the numerical alphabet making up an infinite combination of number words.. There are 26 symbols in the English word alphabet with symbols that make up the infinite number of words. In the English language alone. I learned that from watching TV. Watching PBS Nova, years ago. Shakespeare had a written word vocabulary of over 33,000 words, some of which he made up and are still in use today. There was a series on PBS by a man named James Burke called "Connections" where he started a show with a fact that everyone knows, and spent an hour showing how that fact was connected to another fact. At the end of the hour, he had come back to the first fact. Like James Watt and the Steam Engine was used to pump water from mines.
When I started in my work life, I knew little. But much of what I learned in the LA City School System carried me along. I learned to brass braze in metal shop in the seventh grade. When I took my Journeyman's plumber exam, the practical part was to silver braze a wrought copper fitting to a piece of copper tube. Our instructor never covered that. When it came time to do it, no one in our group knew how to do it. We were dismissed. We would have to come back. I made an issue that I could do it, that I just never had the opportunity to silver braze copper. The regulators needed to be set at such which they were and if I could at least light the torch (Oxy-Acetylene), could I try it? I cracked a tad of Oxygen so not to get the black floaters and light it up. The inspector stated "I thought you didn't know how to do this". I told him that I told you that I did, I just never had the opportunity to do it with silver braze. I passed.
Like I said, I'm numerically challenged. The "average" person can remember seven numbers ahead and three numbers back. "1,2,3,4,5,6,7, 7,6,5". The measurement if 124 3/8" has seven numbers If you can't remember a second set of numbers, you're normal. I'm lucky to remember three. But I never forget a formula. Because it is a word to me where a random number sequence means nothing. I find the metric system far easier to use because that is 315.4 mm. Four numbers. The metric number is easier to work. Divide 124 3/8" into 4 equal parts. Now try 315.4 mm.
Schools should be teaching students how to learn. Then they can be learning their whole life.
@ June 13, 2013 5:35 AM in piping steam boilers to an alcohol stillYou don't really need a steam boiler to distill spirits, just a heat medium above the boiling point of alcohol. After the period in the fermentation tank, you only need to get the mash above 160 degrees or something like that to boil the alcohol out of the mash. That is alcohol in the form of steam. That's why a Still needs to be close to a cold water source so the evaporator/condenser can cool the steam so it condenses into liquid alcohol. During a hot, dry summer back up in the woods, there may not be enough cool water to run a Still, causing a shortage of quality product.
I used to work on a commercial Still that used 14# steam. The 14# steam was so that the steam temperature was higher so the Still boiled the mash quicker. Once the alcohol was boiled out of the mash, it was all done. It could have been done with hot water.
If you're just trying to make something to boil off alcohol from a mash product, you can use hot water. The Stills that those good old boys make way back up in the woods aren't any example of high tech modern alcohol extraction. They use what works for them.
It might be illegal what you propose. My comments aren't to address how to do anything illegal.
@ May 26, 2013 9:45 AM in Icynene insulation!!!Icynene is a great idea. I see it used all the time. Especially on old work that I have been on before the install of the Icynene. It has always been my understanding that the air space around NM wire was part of the "Listing". For cooling purposes. That's why there is a limit on how many wires you can put in a hole or conduit. I have jobs where many wire circuits were run along rim joists along with heating pipes and potable water pipes with zone valve and control valves. Completely buried in Icynene. And it is toxic if you scrape the stuff off and try to heat it to solder.
Then, the roof systems. Be sure that your rook has been replaced with Ice & Water membrane. The "Experts" all think this is a wonderful way to stop leaks. The moisture inside the envelope can not get through and the wood covering rots below the wrap. I have already seen rotten valley bottoms. There happens to be anaerobic bacteria in wood. They thrive in a no oxygen environment.
There's no free lunch. I've been seeing 200 YO houses with the only rot being from failed flashing's around corners, windows and doors. Suddenly have accelerated rot all over the structures.
The laws of unintended consequences? That no good deed goes unpunished?
@ May 11, 2013 6:34 AM in Old System to newThat was a first class system that never reached its potential. It needed Outdoor Re-set (ODR) and must have had a a thermostatic mixer for the radiant part. The water going to the radiant part should not ever go above 150 degrees or it can crack the hard finish plaster. Perhaps someone before you screwed it up and parts are missing. I know that you are exaggerating your fuel consumption because the systems I have seen aren't that bad on fuel unless someone screws them up. Old systems usually only had a couple of inches of vermiculite insulation above the coils. If there is a second floor, add more insulation.
If someone removed all the piping so that there are only two pipes sticking through the ceiling. I hope that you didn't get the poop prize because it sounds like some dubber didn't know what they were doing. Now that someone has removed all the piping, it will be hard to figure out what the old dead guys had in mind and what they did.
@ May 11, 2013 6:17 AM in Need AdviceWe don't discuss pricing here.
You couldn't GIVE me an aluminum boiler, even if you installed it for me for free,
There are 75+ years old CI boilers still out there. How many 25 YO aluminum boilers have you seen?
@ May 8, 2013 6:56 PM in 20+lb garbage disposal in large SS sink?I have lost count of the number of Elkay PSRS 3322 ("S" means single bowl) or LRS3322 sinks in my career. It is basically the only sink I recommend of you have a 36" sink base. Elkay isn't the only SS sink manufacturer. Kohler has a line. They will all support standard food waste grinders, especially the ISE Evolution series.
IMO, avoid cast iron porcelain sinks like bad hangover. Over time, they will rust under the seal between the counter-top and the sink. The finish will dull, and it can wear off or chip. Depending on the cleaning impulsiveness of your wife. I have seen the finish worn off around the throat from scrubbing with abrasive cleaners. The cast iron sinks aren't very deep. If you are thinking about a double bowl CI, by a 25" single and you will get one bigger bowl than the two smaller double bowls. If you get a 33" sink with the smaller bowl on the left, the larger bowl is the same size as the single bowl sink.
You can get the SS bowls in deeper models but I haven't seen them to be all that useful for the additional price.
I have no idea why Elkay told you what they did. Perhaps there was a misunderstanding. And if you are worried, you can always slide a block of wood or a piece of 3" PVC pipe under the disposal. I've never needed to.
If you are using a composite or stone top, I suggest NOT using under mount bowls. I have seen a large number of them pull away from the counter-top. What a mess.
My opinion only.
@ May 7, 2013 10:59 PM in Copper pipe pittingIs this on a private water system like a well? When you tested the water, was the conductivity high?
The only times I see this is with water that tests with a lot of TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) a low PH, aligning stars and the moon in the seventh house. I think that there are grounding, neutral earth issues but no one can explain it. I see it with water systems with well pumps and circulating pumps. High sodium is often present.
I am constantly grounding myself out on wall plate screws with my pocket knife to avoid the big shock when the capacitor in my body needs a discharge. I prefer the spark to travel out the end of my pocket knife than my finger.
@ April 28, 2013 8:25 AM in Carlin 1150FD Flame FailuresDid you add a couple of spin-on Garber type filters or add another POS canister type that lets all that crud slip by?
Notice who now owns GarBer filters? General Filters. They know that the competition had a better product. Diesel trucks and tractors do NOT use yarn spun filter elements in their fuel or hydraulic systems. Only pleated paper packs. Anyone still using cloth filters on oil is on the edge of being a knucklehead.