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steamy ray vaughn

steamy ray vaughn

Joined on October 8, 2010

Last Post on October 30, 2013

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Dave in Qca

@ October 30, 2013 9:41 PM in Cool old stuff

Exactly!!  That is the house.  It is a really neay old place

Cool old stuff

@ October 28, 2013 10:12 PM in Cool old stuff

Worked on the second oldest house in Davenport IA circa 1852 approx. The Moline system works great after a little tlc. both lwco's plugged 100%.  Brought my apprentice down to see the history not only of the home,  but of the men who came before us.

Moline System

@ October 19, 2013 9:49 PM in Moline System

Any thoughts on an old Moline system that was bastardized.  The ejector is gone.   The rads still have the hand and return valves from Moline.  I have 4  air vents in the basement.  Will this system ever run like it did in the old days?

422b problems

@ August 16, 2013 8:42 PM in I was warned

we used it on a 30 unit for a compressor change out and the new compressor shelled out with in 2 hours and $10,000 later.  Trane will not warranty any unit with 422 due to oil return problems.  they claim 5-8% eff loss but with a 12 degree temp drop it's more like 25-28%  we quit using it for good.  Nothing like r-22

aerco kc cleaning

@ January 2, 2013 9:09 PM in aerco kc cleaning

whoever decided to created this abortion that you have to lay under with a goodway machine in order to clean the fouled tubes should be drug out in the street and tarred and feathered.  What a pain!!!!!

labor thanks

@ December 10, 2012 5:42 PM in labor hrs

I knew most everyone was on the same page I was.  thanks for the backup


@ December 8, 2012 9:35 AM in labor hrs

the previous standard for our flat rate for a 105000 btu was 30hrs.  for a replacement.
I thought that was way out of line.  my arguement is that you can't put a flat rate price on boiler jobs because each one is unique.  his side is that he wants anyone to be able to give a price on the spot

labor hrs

@ December 7, 2012 8:10 PM in labor hrs

I am a heating journeyman my boss who has no experience in the field and I are butting heads over how many hrs for a wm ultra boiler install. Just looking for other opinions


@ October 9, 2012 8:38 PM in moline

is the valve on the rad actually considered a trap?  First run in with one of these

awesome old steam

@ October 9, 2012 8:10 PM in awesome old steam

ran across an old moline vapor system today.  had an apprentice with me and showed him the history that was right before his eyes


@ October 2, 2012 9:36 PM in fall

yet another boiler season is upon us time to blow the dust off the pipe wrenches get the cutting oil out and get to work

Oh I

@ November 29, 2011 9:32 PM in dumb customers and companies

spoke with the woman at wm who spoke with my customer.  As I  nearly jumped down her throat and told her that everything that she said had made a bad situation worse  In talking to her she informed me that the customer had spun evertything that she had told her into some diluted muck that didn't quite compute I honestly believe that this woman is in the early throws of dimentia or something to that effect.

I agrree

@ November 29, 2011 9:25 PM in Trane system

i'm rebuilding them with cage units because the pipes look like they'll twist off if you look at them wrong. also ran across an old moline system the other day

I figured

@ November 29, 2011 8:55 PM in Trane system

that trane didn't exist in 1885. however, it is a 2 pipe system with trane thermostatic traps on the radiators no numbers of course The boiler was replaced in 97 with a wm by the way a very talented co-worker put this in and the attention to detail is wonderful.  The traps are failing and i was just curious if they made just a conventional 2 pipe system. I'm going with new barnes and jones traps and I don't see any other vapor signs in any of the piping. it probably was retrofitted. Sorry I don't have any more than this

it continues

@ November 29, 2011 8:46 PM in dumb customers and companies

the customer called weil mclain and the "rep" told her that the induced draft boiler that we put in was the wrong boiler.  Because the induced draft boiler is for houses that do not have a chimney and that the boiler would sound like a jet engine.  The customer claims to hear the boiler noise over her tv.  With the tv off and the basement door open I can't hear this thing run.  After explaining to the customer that the manufacturer misspoke and the boiler can either be vented out the side or into a metal chimney she came back with you don't know what your saying and I'm going with the manufacturer.  We are changing the boiler to pacify her however I don't think that by putting in a natural draft boiler we have heard the last of her

Trane system

@ November 29, 2011 7:21 PM in Trane system

Does anyone know if trane made anything else besides a vapor/vac system??? Cool old house 1885. 

dumb customers and companies

@ November 21, 2011 5:26 PM in dumb customers and companies

When you spend 3 days installing a beautiful wm boiler and pump it away and then tell the customer that the original zone valve of 35 yrs is in the completely wrong place to be a "zone valve" she responds by saying thank you.  1 day later it changes to it sounds like a jet engine is taking off in the basement.  Thinking it was the inducer i took her by the hand to the basement and cycled the boiler. is this the noise? No it sounds like a jet and i think I need a discount Ahhhhh the truth of the matter finally comes out classic buyers remorse

nope no dope

@ November 3, 2011 10:47 PM in Vapor steam

I have one room in the baement that has been rocked over and told the customer that if the changes to the vaporstat did not help we may have to take down the ceiling to find that waskily trap

sorry dave

@ November 3, 2011 10:35 PM in Vapor steam

 2nd floor out of three 3/4 pipe coming to all radiators tore down every ceiling tile in the basement looking for the illusive crossover trap none found


@ November 3, 2011 10:22 PM in Vapor steam

repalced the air check and oiled the float all valves are operating properly

Vapor steam

@ November 3, 2011 10:13 PM in Vapor steam

I have 2 dunham vapor steam radiators that will not heat past the half way point of the radiator.  all crossover trap were changed 02/11 and all radiator traps were changed 10/10 any suggestions main set at 12oz diff at 6oz

no heat

@ October 25, 2011 9:17 PM in no heat

yet another case of a pressuretrol set too high and other folks changing radiator vents when all they needed to was explore the root issue at hand.
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