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Yeah, I can read....

@ January 13, 2013 6:22 PM in Are there 12 volt DC circulator pumps?

Phil, but your scenario, marine batteries, battery minders, extension cords, going out to start a car, and let in run during a blizzard, etc. sounds like a lot for a 77 year old woman.
Unless your in an area where they are price gouging gens, I think you'd be surprised how cheap you can do it with propane ( you already have a tank). If it were me, I'd pay a little for the piece of mind.
Plus what if the power goes out for a week or longer.....

Why not

@ January 13, 2013 5:18 PM in Are there 12 volt DC circulator pumps?

An automatic propane generator, wired with a transfer switch that will do just the things you need

I think it's a classic short cycle

@ January 13, 2013 5:07 PM in Short Cycle

Without staring at it when it happened, my guess is that right as the aquastat called for the boiler to fire for one of the zones, the call for heat ended . Like I said, kinda hard to tell without looking at the entire system/controls

where you located.

@ January 10, 2013 5:52 PM in steam boiler conversion from Oil to Natural Gas?

I would call Carlin Combustion, ask for either tech support, or the rep for your area (hopefully its Bruce Graham).  They'll tell you exactly what will work in your boiler, and recommend a competent installer


@ January 10, 2013 5:47 PM in Control/system wiring diagrams
George has some great books on wiring, lots of pics

is your thermostat wired directly

@ January 10, 2013 5:42 PM in Nest Thermostat Not Getting Power

to the carlin primary control? or to the aquastat?  If aquastat, which one is on your boiler.


@ January 7, 2013 5:46 PM in new tankless coil question

Are you saying your boiler is firing 3 minutes, every 20 minutes, just to keep the boiler hot, for DHW?
Whats the boiler temp (on the gauge) when the boiler fires (assuming it's not calling for heat).  Doesnt sound right.  Are you sure theres no faucets dripping anywhere in the house?
In my opinion, the cheaper way would be with in indirect, but first determine why the boiler is running so much.  Clock the water meter when nothing is 'on' to see if some cold water is running thru the coil.  Also make sure your triple aquastat is working properly.
Icesailor has a pretty good system for hooking up a boiler to an existing water heater.  If he doesnt respond Ill try to look up the thread.

Are you

@ January 6, 2013 9:19 PM in Riello pump pressure

Checking the pump pressure in low fire or high fire?

I think you're

@ December 10, 2012 10:07 PM in What Is This Tapping For?

on to something. Is that a burn mark on the side of the jacket? I would at least pull the top off and look for signs of leakage. Hard to tell from pic what the tapping is for. Is it suppose to be for air vent/steel exp tank?

Thanks for the info..

@ November 27, 2012 6:21 PM in Looking for a Columbia Boiler manual..

Thanks for the info & help, Bill and Steamhead.  This is more for my curiousity. I just want to try everything possible, and to be armed with some knowledge for some people more experienced.  I'll take the time to get it to run the best its capable of.  If it's a goner, its a goner.
It's actually heating the original portion of a mechanics garage.  The rest is heated with more modern equipment.  But he's a real good hard working dude, so I'm gonna give it a go.
Thanks again

Thanks for your responses, and encouragement

@ November 26, 2012 10:56 PM in Looking for a Columbia Boiler manual..

Was just looking for some guidance, maybe someone remembers this boiler? I've only been in this game for about 20 years, and its the first I ever seen.
There is a thumb nut. The only usable info on the plate is 1.25 gph. I'm going set some (some? lol) time aside and figure it out.


@ November 26, 2012 4:37 PM in Looking for a Columbia Boiler manual..

You are correct sir........The burner doesnt appear to have an air gate, just oval holes completely around the housing that look like a Beckett universal mounting flange.  The basic problem is it has way too much excess air 143%, causing low CO2 (6.6), and high CO in the flue pipe (no CO outside the boiler).  It probably has been running like this for years, and I'm the first knucklehead who spent some time with

Need a little more info....

@ November 26, 2012 4:24 PM in Oil Tank Insurance - Accidental release of petroleum

about the terms of the insurance.
1.  Do they price based on age of the tank?
2.  Can you get a discount if the tank is installed per their specifications?
3.  Would they give you discount if you had a double walled tank, and an OSV?
I never offered the insurance because despite what it promises, I doubt it will pay off, and it's a headache to manage.  The last thing I want to do is have to go to court with the homeowner saying, "you said the tank was ok". 
If it were me, I would, if you could, go with #2 & #3, and forego the insurance.

Looking for a Columbia Boiler manual..

@ November 26, 2012 4:18 PM in Looking for a Columbia Boiler manual..

I posted this on the other sites...
Was wondering if anyone had a boiler manual for a.....get this...Columbia FT 30, with a Columbia burner on it.  Yes it belongs in the scrap heap, but in the real world (the real broke world), I would like to get this to run as best as I can.  Basically looking for some original specs, and then I'll go from there.  Called Columbia, they offered their condolences :).  Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

How bout some more info

@ November 17, 2012 7:41 PM in Heating help

First, where is the expansion tank?
What size boiler? How many BTU's?
What radiation and how much on each zone?
Size of circs?
How many BTUs are needed on each zone?
How is the system controlled?
Etc, etc
But to save you some time and find a quicker solution would be to get a competent hydronics professional out there.
Take some pics

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
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