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@ April 1, 2013 9:00 PM in OnWatch 51 burner monitor

Good price...any problems with any components? Hard to tell when enlarging pic, does it have pressure and vacuum sensors?

little more info...

@ March 18, 2013 5:18 PM in Adding a secondary pump to my radiant heating system

First, I don't think the second pump idea will work.
What pump do you have now?  What are the sizes of all the piping?
What water temp do you have running thru the radiant?
Where are the radiator loops on the diagram, and what temp are they running at.
How many btu's do you need for each loop.
Lets evaluate the design first to make sure it can do what you need it to do as far as flow, btus, right circulator, etc.

Are you saying.....

@ March 16, 2013 6:19 PM in weird monoflo?

Between the 2 reducing tees you want to put 2 more tees?
I don't think that will work. You may not get flow thru the branch the the original tees were serving. Or you may need a way to throttle both the original branch and the new branch, or you may not get the propr flow thru one or both.
If I misunderstand please show a sketch

not so wierd....

@ March 16, 2013 12:13 PM in weird monoflo?

Just looks like pre-monoflow fittings, smaller diameter pipe between the reducers forces some of the flow into the loop.  I would guess you could do it the same way, but I would pipe in a globe valve in the main run in case you need to throttle, to get a little more flow into the radiator.
What was the return temp by the time you get back to the boiler?

I"m more of a suburbanite Ice....

@ March 14, 2013 6:35 PM in 275 gal oil tank basic basement install advice

could you explain "used horse poop"?

T & P

@ March 13, 2013 11:14 PM in Turbomax relief
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Post some pics

@ March 4, 2013 9:45 PM in How to recognize circulating hot water system

Post some pics & we'll be able to help ya


@ March 1, 2013 8:03 PM in weil mclain oil boiler help please

It's hard to diagnose your problem with the info provided. Even worse, was someone started changing parts without figuring out the problem.
I have a number of QB burners in my customer base (9 or 10 I think), some work great, some ok, some not so ok. Yes parts are hard to come by, but still available. If you call Weil McClain, they will direct you to the right place.
That being said, I would switch to another oil company..."this burner is junk" is a pretty poor, unprofessional diagnosis. Could be as simple as the head adjustment. If they checked everything properly, they should've found the problem.
Sure a new burner might help, and might be what you need to do in the future, but why give them that business.

You can do it....

@ February 24, 2013 4:58 PM in Can you sufficiently heat up a 60 gallon superstore with high limit at 160 degrees?

easily with a Tekmar boiler control.  He would get outdoor reset, and when he gets a DHW call, the boiler temp will bump up to whatever temp you pick.  Keep in mind you're not bringing the water temp from ice cold to 160.  When I get a DHW call, my control resets the boiler target temp for 170, and usually doesnt even fire til I'm done my shower (TMI?), then only fires about 10 minutes to satisfy the indirect aquastat (not in priority mode).

here ya go

@ February 24, 2013 4:47 PM in No domestic hot water from oil fired on demand boiler
Start out with your low limit on 160, hi on 190, diff at 10 degrees.  If this doesnt help, time to bring in a pro. Could be limed up coil or bad thermostatic mixing valve.


@ February 21, 2013 1:55 PM in Radiant heat in a bathroom

There are some panel radiators, & hydronic towel bars that might do the trick...

Other ideas.....

@ February 21, 2013 1:52 PM in winterize

To me, 43 is cutting it close.  Doesnt give you much leeway if the system has a problem.  If it were me, I would make sure there is some freeze protection to warn you if the heater shuts off--alarm contacts on the primary control or thermostat.  Also, you should have a low water cut-off also...just in case.

Try this..

@ February 20, 2013 9:55 AM in Tekmar Controls with Indoor Reset

I have yet to use this Tekmar Boiler Control, so I couldnt comment.  But if you email Tekmar support and ask them all your questions.  They wont just "yes" all your answers, and tell you it will work great, they will take the time to fully understand whats going on, and make recommendations.

you most likely dont have a water issue

@ February 20, 2013 9:49 AM in One Zone Stopped Working (troubleshooting ideas or call a plumber?)

It's probably something on the wiring/control side.  Could be a bad zone valve, or some other control.  Without knowing what other components are on your boiler, your best bet would be to call a qualified oil tech to come out and do the basic troubleshooting.
Regarding the thermostat, if the room temperature is below the set point temp, and the thermostat is not indicating a call for heat, then you can start at the thermostat.
I have a customer with a similiar "energy saver" thermostat from the utility company, that was having a problem.  After talking to the utility company, they told me, the customer should call the utility company, they will come out for free and check the thermostat.  If it is bad they will replace, if not bad, tell the customer to call their hvac company to repair the system


@ February 18, 2013 4:40 PM in Spare Parts

Do you know anyone in the business? Cause pretty much everyone has one, or at least a 3 speed, on their truck. 

You're going to have to..........

@ February 15, 2013 3:36 PM in Radiant Heat Questions

Insulate the pad.  Otherwise it just wont perform well.  I would match the concrete pads in elevation, insulate above the pad, and frame over that.  A better choice, if this makes the floor too high, may be to do a radiant ceiling, but still insulate over the pad.

From your iPhone

@ February 14, 2013 9:41 PM in WRONGLY PIPED

Log onto this site and post, next to 'file attachment' press & hold 'choose file'. A pop up will appear & give you the option to take a pic or choose existing
Edit. Appears you figured it out in your other posts

I wouldnt

@ February 12, 2013 4:32 PM in Direct Vent 80% boiler

What fuels are the boiler and the hot water heater burning?
Most likely, your chimney is failing, and even though you probably could line it, I wouldnt without a certified inspection with a recording camera.  The problems you see in the attic, peeling, etc are a sure sign the mortar is long gone, with the chimney to eventually follow.
Go with the above recommendations and use the sidewall venter.

How's the....

@ February 11, 2013 10:26 PM in Beckett cf500 burner smith a19 series boiler

Draft? Excess air? Then I would check the delay valve & pump cut off, transformer, etc

Along with HeatPro's recommendations, I also

@ February 11, 2013 10:15 PM in Beckett burner leaks

Check this with a plugged nozzle in the nozzle assembly, outside the burner, attached to the pump (watch out with the transformer opened)


@ February 10, 2013 5:20 PM in bad boiler installation?

I feel bad for you. How do you get the aquastat cover off...or even the aquastat? And forget about removing the burner or swinging the boiler door for a cleaning. The only long term correct approach is either a different boiler that can fit in the space, or that boiler on a different place

Time to brush up ....

@ February 6, 2013 9:44 PM in Slant/Fin Hydronic Explorer 2.0 Help Needed

On geometry. I have come across this too. I just break the odd shape rooms into rectangles and triangles, and do the math that way.
Do you have a specific problem your trying to solve?
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