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Only thing I could find...

@ November 10, 2012 6:16 PM in mad dog here...need warm air furnace help

Is that it comes up as York/Coleman. Comes up more under Coleman


@ November 7, 2012 10:13 PM in Wrong mixing valve? I don't see my error...

From loop to boiler...A......up to the mixing tee...B
Or, put it at the tee above the ball valve, then from boiler loop AB....from loop..B

Also, rotate circ so motor isn't on top

I've had that analyzer...

@ November 5, 2012 10:34 PM in Combustion analyzer

For about a year. Works great. Just sent it back for its annual free calibration. Suppose to turn around in a week.


@ November 4, 2012 8:17 PM in bleeding radiator problem

Follow JStars advice. When bleeding, you need to turn the boiler & the circulator off. If the height from the boiler to the top of the highest radiator is 32 feet, you're going to need about 18-20 psi of operating pressure. Look on the relief valve for its pressure rating. It's probably 30psi.

Check YouTube

@ October 25, 2012 6:00 PM in What Happens When a Steam Boiler Explodes?

They have a few there, one taken by a survaillance camera

Why not try

@ October 23, 2012 11:10 PM in Beckett Outside Air Kit, Will it cause problems with cold air?

A combustion air system from Field controls?


@ October 23, 2012 11:02 PM in Burnham MPO 84 andn indirect piping question

Only shows a Beckett/Riello for the 84. If your going for the carlin,I would check with Carlin first

You can

@ October 21, 2012 11:07 PM in Burnham MPO 84 andn indirect piping question

Also pipe it primary/secondary and leave the boiler drain alone.


@ October 7, 2012 3:42 PM in Can anyone recommend an oil tank additive?

You should try to figure out why water is getting into the tank.
Both Sid's & RE Michels have additives that will disperse water.

Anyone seen Mark E lately?

@ October 4, 2012 9:45 PM in Anyone seen Mark E lately?

Just wondering. Haven't seen a post in a while.

Or you may have

@ September 27, 2012 9:52 PM in beckett clean cut screen

A danfoss strainer

What kind of circulator?

@ September 26, 2012 9:19 PM in Noisy Circulator pump

Sounds like you need a new coupler

Was it...

@ September 25, 2012 1:38 PM in Radiant heat not working..cold area..possible pipe problem

well bled?  I know it sounds obvious, but the loop worked before.  Unless he pinched the pipe, or left something in it, some old crud broke loose and made its way to the circulator.
If you can, I would isolate and bleed the zone again, circulator off.  If it gets warm, then you can eliminate that and check the circ, wiring, and controls (t-stat)

some thoughts...

@ September 25, 2012 1:33 PM in 50's copper radiant system with a leak

1.  I would let the system get cold, then fire it up and use an IR camera to pinpoint the leak.
2.  I would go in from the top.  I cant imagine finding it from below, cutting the metal pan, then jackhammering up.
3.  If it's leaking in one spot, I feel there's a good chance it's going to fail in others.  Maybe time to run new pex, and I would do it in the ceiling.
4. If the homeowner just wants a repair, and they are doing new ceramic tile floor, tell them to buy double the amount and store it, for future repairs.
5.  Sorry, no leak stop.

You should....

@ September 18, 2012 9:19 PM in Are Burnham boilers reliable? Other ideas for oil heating?

And the contractor will probably insist, to do the boiler and the liner together. Depending on your local code, the contractor usually does the liner too.
Is there an option to power vent?


@ September 18, 2012 9:12 PM in Summer hot water

Why is your boiler set for 180 to make domestic hot water? You could turn the low limit (depending on your control) down to 150 (for starters) and see if it keeps up with your hot water needs. Hopefully you have a mixing valve so 180 degree water isn't going out to your fixtures.
An indirect could makes more sense, depending on your needs.
Others here may suggest piping your domestic coil thru a regular water heater, so in the summer you can shut off the boiler.
Heat pumps are a whole different topic.
What kind of boiler do you have now?

a few thoughts....

@ September 13, 2012 2:22 PM in Installing Radiant in my garage, I have a bunch of ? head is spinning

1.  If your not gonna run any loops to the driveway for ice melt, or use the same boiler to heat a swimming pool in spring/fall, I would forget the radiant....and I love radiant. 
2. Based on what you say your needs are...I would put in a mini split.  You get heat and AC.

I would double check...

@ September 11, 2012 4:00 PM in Burned blast tube

1.  Make sure the boiler is really clean, including combustion chamber.  It's a 3 pass, was it particularly dirty when you opened it up
2.  Draft.  If it's not correct you'll burn it up (like you see).
3.  Insertion Depth.  In too far, burns up.  Although I dont think it's adjustable on this set up.
4.  Flame impingement.  How does the fire look with inspection mirror.
5.  Combustion air?  Got enough?
You have the right nozzle, the right pump pressure, what are all the combustion numbers?
Only other thoughts....Low fire baffle in?......Z dimension w/ conical shroud is 1-3/4".....burner must maintain 4 degree downward pitch..

Why 2 minutes?

@ September 11, 2012 9:13 AM in Post Purge

What type of equipment do you have? Burning/varnishing of the nozzle is more about proper burner set up, nozzle size, air settings and draft, not about post purge.
Yes 2 minutes is way too long without some special circumstances.


@ September 10, 2012 4:22 PM in 52 years married today

Hope the next 52 are even better :)


@ September 7, 2012 3:20 PM in Honeywell zone valve

it should, unless theres some corrosion holding it open, but in that case you would know that already.

I feel your pain...

@ September 7, 2012 1:42 PM in when to walk n when to run

Hi Clammy, I think we all get a peek at some turds...mail them the proposal of what needs to be done to make it right, (don't give them all the details or exactly how), give them your price.  Then give them a second price, adding about 30-40%, telling them this is the new price when you call me in December.
At least you got to take a nice ride with your friend.  Hopefully he bought you lunch.
btw, next time get the address, and look it up.  For 65 miles each way, no freebie look for anyone.
Some people have thick skulls, and you'll never get thru.  Case in point, have a steamy customer (his plumber friend does the service), residential house, puts 250-300 gallons of make up water a month into the system in the winter.  Asked me to service it last year.  2 many things wrong, tagged it, told him it's a goner.  His buddy came back, fired it up, and he still buys oil from me.  Reason for not replacing--he's moving in 'a few' years, let the buyer worry about it...
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