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@ February 4, 2014 9:16 AM in Replacement options for leaking Burnham V7/V8

You can go back and edit it yourself.....:)
Stick with the oil.


@ February 3, 2014 1:58 PM in Congress seeks to jack up fees on home heating oil in midst of frigid winter

Talking about finally re-funding NORA. This is a good thing. It's just about the only way to get out the truth about the oil & gas industry that anyone pays attention to. And yes they do the things they say they are going to do.
How much for the bridge.....:)


@ February 1, 2014 9:52 PM in changing a garber filter

The screw is to bleed the filter. It appears your shut off is bad. Why did you want to change the filter?
Either you didn't bleed it properly, or you had a restriction which to you looked like air, or you have a leak and it's sucking in air. Or a combination of the 3.
A trained tech and some gauges can solve this simply & quickly


@ January 31, 2014 10:05 PM in New Boiler can't keep up

Along with Jamie's excellent advice, I wonder about few things.
With an indirect, why is the boiler maintaining such a high temp? I think you are controlling the indirect incorrectly, by just having it as a zone.
How did they choose which circ to put in? Maybe a smarter circ, after doing the math, is a better option.
The fact that the boiler is shutting off on high limit may mean the boiler isn't undersized, if all zones are calling.
Are you sure all the air is purged out of the split loops in each zone? Are they properly balanced?
How much pressure in the boiler & how many feet in height from the boiler to the top of the highest piece of radiation?
What kind of controls on the boiler, besides the aquastat?
You added a zone after the boiler was replaced. And this is the coldest winter in this area in about 18 years.
Ideally you may need to pay a hydronics expert to spend as much time as they need to evaluate, measure, calculate & look over the entire system, to make the proper recommendations to get your system working like it should.
Edit: one other thing, 15 years with this boiler, did it ever work properly. Keep in mind your old boiler could have been way oversized, and was able to heat the home quicker.

In your situation...

@ January 29, 2014 11:05 PM in oil fired hot water heater vs indirect off boiler ??

Making sure we're comparing apples to apples, is the 30 gal Bock an indirect or an oil fired hot water heater?
Assuming properly sized/installed equipment, new boiler with indirect would be cheaper

Some thoughts/questions

@ January 29, 2014 10:58 PM in Frozen underground fuel line?

1. If it's an underground tank, isn't it a 2 pipe system, or one pipe with a tiger loop?
2. Blowing back the line.
a) I would never use a CO2 cartridge. Too much pressure, too easy to split the fuel line.
b) Maybe there was a check valve?
3. How deep is the fuel line buried? Is it below the frost line?
I'd believe it's plugged before I would believe its frozen. Not freezing is maybe the only benefit to bury a tank. An additive won't help.
Or maybe a frost heave kinked the line.

which post?

@ January 28, 2014 5:42 PM in owner

Which post are you referring to?  Why don't you just go to his post and respond for him?


@ January 25, 2014 10:02 PM in How to clean underground oil tank?

This could be a vacuum issue. Did anyone check? I would fully investigate this first. You may solve the problem changing it to one pipe from the tank and adding a tiger loop.
The boiler is almost 70 years old. How old is the tank?
Crud on the bottom is on the bottom whether the tank is full or empty. What does the oil look like? You could have the oil analyzed and an additive regimen could be recommended.


@ January 25, 2014 9:51 PM in Oil lines frozen help

One sentence.

What type of aquastat?

@ January 25, 2014 10:08 AM in thermostat-aquastat

Does the boiler also do domestic hot water, and wont maintain temperature?  Could be one of the limit settings.  What are the settings for hi, lo and diff?
If you cant tell what kind of aquastat you have take a pic.
Thermostat works with the aquastat.  The thermostat tells the boiler you need some heat.  The aquastat will (should) turn the burner & circulator(s) on and off per its settings, shutting off the burner should it reach the high limit setting.
BTW 4 times per hour may not be bad if you are at design temp--but if all things were operating correctly, your boiler temp should be a lot higher.
Can you confirm temperature with a separate thermometer, or are you just going by what the gauge on the boiler says? 

A picture is worth.....

@ January 25, 2014 9:59 AM in New questions about monoflo system

Take some pics, very close ups of components with numbers on them, and back far enough to see the boiler and all the piping.  And a close up of the tees.....then ask away.

The only thing I hate...

@ January 22, 2014 9:28 PM in Gateway + Aerco + Caleffi = nice job.

Is that I'll never get my solder joints to look that sweet. There's a YouTube video I'd love to see.
I actually misread the title and thought it said 'propress' instead of 'progress’
Top quality work, John.

The above advice is solid (no pun intended)

@ January 22, 2014 9:09 PM in Beckett AF/Old Delco Boiler Nozzle sizing..How do I find boiler manual/btu/etc?Picture Attached.

1.25 x 80A appears to be correct. (Checked my customer base on same boiler)
One thing you could have done, after checking for flame impingement, insertion depth, chamber integrity, and end to have the tech perform a nozzle substitution test to determine the best nozzle. It requires patience, skill, smoke gun, and an analyzer. If the tech doesn't know what it is or how to do it, find another tech. Keep in mind at best you will end up with is an ancient boiler that's probably netting you about 50% efficiency.


@ January 20, 2014 11:27 PM in Rapid random clicking when furnace cycles off're not offending me. I offer help & advice as much as I can, to the extent I feel it is safe to do so. I cannot assess the level of skill of the original poster, but I could guess almost zero. Almost all of the time, they need help right away. Almost all of the time, they spend more time on sites looking for instant help instead of calling a professional and getting help. Isn't it obvious they need help now? The fact the OP has no money to get it fixed now is immaterial. It needs a pro now. H/O has a 2 year old piece of equipment. Wouldn't you immediately call the installer? Or the last person who did the annual maintenance? (Probably no maintenance done since install)
OR would you waste time posting on numerous sites? There's nothing you can do with the information about what might be wrong unless you can fix it yourself.
Now if it's been a continuous problem, and a tech has been there to try to fix it, that's different

@original poster. You have Carls what can you do with it? Nothing but call a tech, right?
"Internet hall monitoring..." Yes I go on multiple sites to try to help people. The other site strictly forbids DIY help, and has many valid reasons why they won't.
I actually had a service call last week for exactly these symptoms. It wasn't the thermostat, although I started testing there first, and the problem was solved in 20 minutes.

That's at least 2 sites ....

@ January 20, 2014 9:57 AM in Rapid random clicking when furnace cycles off

That's at least 2 sites you posted this on.  Not to sound like a pri*k, but if you spent as much time on the phone call a service tech, as you did multiple posting this, you would be on your way to having it fixed before it does some damage.

Could this be it?

@ January 20, 2014 9:54 AM in Need to know what this is..

Yes Earl.....

@ January 19, 2014 10:42 AM in Riello Burner making noise

Was just making a point that its called something else, which is why he couldn't find one and a qualified tech would know that :)


@ January 18, 2014 1:44 PM in Question about fitting on Backflow Preventer (BBFP) *with pics*

Unrelated, on a windows machine, if you highlight woof, Wolf woof , right click and select "Translate with Bing"  the result is:
Translate from Malay to English
woof, Wolf woof   translates to woof woof, WolfThere's 15 seconds of your life you'll never get back :)

Depending on brand/model number...

@ January 15, 2014 10:29 PM in Connecting Kitchen Hood to Ductwork

Can you disassemble the blower motor and wheel, mount the box that houses the motor, and reconnect the motor/wheel?
10" is a hood-a-saurus....must be at least 6 burners plus grill?

Whatchya need....

@ January 14, 2014 9:25 AM in Riello Burner making noise

Is to call a qualified tech.  Could be something completely different.  A Riello burner needs the right person and it will run great.  Or the wrong person and it won't.  The adjustments between the 2 are very minor.  You need the right training, skill, and experience or you will waste time and become very aggravated.
Riello pumps don't have a coupling, which is why you cant find one.  But the part you do need is readily available.

22 degrees

@ January 8, 2014 10:54 PM in Whoa - one for the record books

Anyone else besides me in the Northeast find it odd to be happy that the temp is back up to 22? Yeah I know you New Englanders had it worse, and colder for longer periods of time.

You did enough

@ January 4, 2014 11:25 PM in Oil tank gauge replace

Call your oil company. If it's as you say you can't fix it. You may be able to use the spare hole. If you don't put it in right, you'll ruin it immediately. If it's not properly installed you may have a spill on your next fill up.
And depending on local regulations, you may not be allowed to try to fix it.
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