Joined on January 27, 2011
Last Post on July 20, 2014
@ July 20, 2014 8:13 PM in Exhaust Ell turned wrong way:Not to mention it has to be 12" above snow line. And ss mesh.and what is this pp pipe with elbow in the rear. Is this condensate discharge? They cannot discharge to outside. They will get an ice plug. Condensate must discharge into sewer system after neutralization.
@ July 20, 2014 5:39 PM in Advice needed on heating system installI get these requests all the time. What is about this obsession with steam to hot water system conversion. To do it right costs a lot of money. And still most of conversions done completely wrong and with poor craftsmanship. Instead of fixing steam system, what most of the time consists of installing proper venting,fixing pipe supports and near boiler piping, people run this pex all over, install unbalanced radiators or baseboards and oversized boilers.
@ July 18, 2014 6:19 PM in Baxi 1.33 Modulo or Navien CR-240Out of these 2 baxi is a winner. Modulo with tank is a very good boiler. Gianoni hx is a minus thou. But navien.? No way.
@ July 15, 2014 6:43 PM in Mod/con poll. Installers only.#1 No brainer. No matter what.
Mod cons are the best thing happened in residential heating in last couple decades. Modulation of boiler output is standard on commercial boilers and application of modulation in residential segment is really amazing development. Condensing will always happened when boiler is properly set up. I seen boiler condensing at temperatures way higher than 132F return. There is common believe that condensation happens only at dew point.
I always install dirtmags, do water cleaning and conditioning. X100 and X 400.
I stick with viessmann, don't want to deal with reliability issues
And what is the difference, CI radiators, baseboards, or what ever. It does not matter.
I always install VFD circulators on system side. Constant flow the way to go.
Wait, no thermostats, no zoning.
@ July 10, 2014 8:06 PM in Tablets in the field - what do you use?I use iPhone with Evernote. Evernote syncs with any device and notes can be made, photos, videos, sound files can be attached. iPad works as well, but I don't do heat loss at sales meeting. Only after contract signed.
@ July 10, 2014 7:59 PM in Looking to make condensate neutralizerThis is how we do it.
@ June 20, 2014 8:31 PM in Can anyone identify this Honeywell Control?This is one cool control. Not only it acts as a boiler aqua-stat, but stops circulator when temperature in the boiler drops below set point to prevent condensation.
@ June 20, 2014 7:58 PM in Aquatherm pipingWe got certified with Aquatherm, but immediate availability of the fittings in NYC is limited to one outfit with very bad reputation for stealing and cheating where I cancelled my account. Just cannot afford to wait for 2 days to get that one fitting.
@ June 20, 2014 7:19 PM in I finally bought a brickWhat about a tread, where suggestion on new site can be posted?
@ June 18, 2014 7:45 PM in 95% Efficient Condensing Replacement BoilerWith 48F delta t you run into the situation of average water temperature in radiator going way down, heat rejection per square foot of radiation drops. To compensate this drop you need larger radiators. It is a matter of calculation, but increase in radiator size will be significant.
@ June 12, 2014 7:41 PM in Any commentsWith 1 riser you increase steam velocity in the pipe, make water level in the boiler uneven and increase amount of carry over water. You can do one riser as slant fin does, but size of this riser must be pretty large.
@ June 12, 2014 7:21 PM in Any commentsI install first tee as close to 90 as possible and as far from second tee as possible. Just move tee to the left. It gives time for carry over water to get to bottom of the pipe and slow down. Makes good steam and water separation.
@ June 11, 2014 11:19 PM in Any commentsI usually install shut off valve on steam line to the system, and shutoff valve with blowdown valve upstream on return line to facilitate boiler blowdown and return line purging. And unions on all boiler pipes connections. Also I would give more distance between the 2 tees.
I would also go up in pipe size after first tee, so the first tee would be 4x3x3, and continue with 4" with 4" full elbow down on equalizer. Of course 4" might become 5" depending on boiler input.
@ June 4, 2014 3:05 PM in Forced airactually if you do proper support it is more labor. and after you install 90 degree fittings it will be even more labor and much higher flow resistance.
@ June 3, 2014 10:33 PM in Blue smoke from oil burner exhaustBlue smoke might be a fuel vapor. If oil drips inside when burner is off and gets soaked in insulation, then when burner is on residual oil starts evaporating producing whitish bluish smoke. Just my 2 cents.
@ June 3, 2014 10:22 PM in Forced airWhy not use copper. What is actual reason for using pex?
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@ May 17, 2014 3:28 PM in Plumbing Signoff assistance NeededPlumber will lose licence for cover up. It is a big no no. Plumbing work must be done under direct and continuous supervision of master plumber. All people doing plumbing work must be directly employed by licensed plumber.
@ May 13, 2014 11:18 PM in Favorite Mod Con.I would offer them TRVs. Or as alternative just pipe p/s existing boiler with odr controller to control mixed water temperature to system. Just implement the minimum return temperature entering boiler to prevent condensation.
@ May 9, 2014 11:39 AM in So far behind......I do not see young capable people in the trade as well. And find a good technician. Good luck. This is the situation where education system failed work place.