Joined on January 26, 2011
Last Post on July 9, 2014
@ July 9, 2014 9:03 AM in What do you think of this new product?I would wear shorts....
and who wants to step on poo (when it inevitably breaks)?
@ June 1, 2014 9:29 PM in Oil boiler with summertime leakThe pic on the right is a hole used for a combustion test. The blackened square was probably from a piece aluminum foil tape covering the hole. You can replace it with the proper tape but I use an large bolt and screw it in. Doesn't have to be covered,
Pic on left looks like rust that flaked off
The target wall could've fallen forward, causing some of your problems. Why did it fall over? Usually from aggressive brushing when cleaning but also from condensation or a leak. When it was repaired the tech should've let someone know.
How far was it downfired? It shouldn't have been downfired without a very good reason-and I really can't think if one.
@ May 28, 2014 11:15 AM in Oil boiler with summertime leakFirst I would get someone in there who can give you an honest evaluation. This would include, but not limited to:
1. Taking the jacket off, to the extent needed, and evaluation where the leak would be coming from. Where you have the dish could either be from the fitting, or rolling down the pipe, or rolling down the jacket. But also take heed to the knowledgeable advice from Ice about the discolored concrete blocks.
2. Put a low water cut-off on the boiler.
3. Close the water feed off to not allow any make up water into the boiler. Just for diagnostic checking
Check the boiler pressure with another gauge, not just the tridactor, daily/weekly to see if/how much water your losing.
It appears with the storage tank, your boiler is technically a cold start, but probably isn't getting 'cold', just warm. But if your Mom is there alone the boiler may only fire once or twice a day for domestic hot water, and the boiler water temp is dropping down into the 80's, forming Ice's coined phrase of 'Kibbles & Bits' causing the problems with the possible leaking sections.
There are also options to ensure the boiler's circ doesn't run until the boiler gets quickly out of condensing range.
@ May 27, 2014 1:32 PM in Multiple Circulator & Zone Valve Relays with Post-Purge?Unless someone has some commercial controls experience, you may be better off getting your own relays/contactors (Grainger's) and making it yourself. I know a real wizard up here in the Philly Suburbs who used to build/service elevators before he started his HVAC career. I've seen him do some interesting things with relays and contactors. Send me a message if you want his info.
Tekmar boiler controls (I know the 374 does) also post purge on the DHW contacts ( think until 10 or 20 degree drop).
@ April 30, 2014 9:29 PM in sizingAround Page 10
@ April 30, 2014 1:44 PM in Ajax tube boiler inspection holeNo longer works (at least not today)
@ April 30, 2014 1:40 PM in Buderus vs Weil McLain Questionsor Burnham.....Don't go with the WM.
As far as controls, I've never heard about the problems you describe. With any boiler, hydronic system, if you try to use a very large set back it will take hours to recover, unless it's ridiculously oversized.
Just make sure someone did a heat loss and you are properly sizing your equipment
@ April 27, 2014 8:33 PM in Crane company #52Page 4
@ April 26, 2014 12:14 AM in Oil to Gas Conversionuse the money to upgrade insulation, building envelope. Keep the oil, upgrade the control to ODR
@ April 25, 2014 11:13 PM in Honeywell Oil Burner ControlI think you have an 8184M, not N
@ April 19, 2014 9:05 PM in new crown twz100 oil boiler will not start up and runSomething is probably wired wrong
What exactly is happening/not happening?
Check all wiring connections. Trace voltage thru limits to make sure they aren't open.
Make sure plug is in tight.
Edit. Found manual, look at troubleshooting, starting at page 41
@ April 18, 2014 3:02 AM in Visio DrawingsTekmar has stencils for visio
@ April 17, 2014 2:18 AM in Proper Wiring Help NeededI didnt even look at that because i've never put low and line voltage in the same conduit.
@ April 16, 2014 11:16 AM in Proper Wiring Help Needed@ techman..Looks like those 2 wires are going to the end switch
@ April 9, 2014 3:58 PM in New Lead Free ball valvesIn 1067, when I took my Journeymen's exam......
No wonder you retired. :)
@ April 1, 2014 4:55 PM in Auto fill/back flow preventer. Is it necessary?Not at all.
1. Just make sure you put in a low water cutoff.
2. Make sure you disconnect the hose when you're done.
I assume you don't have running water to the shop, otherwise it's not that expensive to put in the auto fill/back flow. Make sure you buy a cap for the boiler drain. After a couple times over the years, it may leak after use.
@ March 21, 2014 11:22 AM in Use any oil provider?If you're in an area with plenty of oil dealers, call someone else. It's probably best to get a recommendation from a friend or neighbor. Some people like the more personal service of a small company, some think bigger is better (usually more expensive too).
Just remember if you switch companies and are on automatic delivery to call them immediately to cancel future deliveries and to avoid a possible spill.
@ March 16, 2014 10:35 AM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?I meant when the owners, or whoever doesn't think this is a problem, see the stress on the gas pipe alone...how are they not frightened into immediately fixing it. If you hear they fired it back up, I would call the building inspector and the fire marshal. Seems like a lot of gas has gone BOOM this winter....
@ March 15, 2014 4:57 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?Anyone concerned about the stress on the gas pipe, or the venting pulling loose?
@ March 8, 2014 10:23 PM in Is this fixable?Can you post some pics? It appears you may have some themosiphoning. You feel heat in the return piping. How far away from the boiler, following the pipes in the non calling zones, do the pipes feel hot? Besides checking all the wiring/components, you may need some flo-cheks.
On a general note, a hydronics pro to check the entire system may help with your inadequate heating complaints.
@ March 7, 2014 10:36 AM in Heat loss through rim joistI think you should move the tubing. You said it's an inch to an inch and a half away from the rim joist. That means the tubing is looping under the wall of the room above. It didn't need to be that close. I would bite the bullet (if you did it yourself), or have the contractor come back and properly install the tubing-ie, move it.
Depending on your floor covering, someone will drive a nail, or fish a wire down the wall from above thinking there's no way radiant tubing is under the wall, and hit it.
And you'll get to insulate your rim joist properly.
@ March 5, 2014 9:50 PM in Weil McClain Boiler QuestionJust wondering if the domestic hot water is set for priority.