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Last Post on August 19, 2014

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@ June 12, 2014 7:21 PM in Any comments

I 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 comments

I 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.

less labor

@ June 4, 2014 3:05 PM in Forced air

actually 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 exhaust

Blue 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 air

Why not use copper. What is actual reason for using pex?

Try this

@ May 18, 2014 7:24 AM in Pricing New work

Cover up

@ May 17, 2014 3:28 PM in Plumbing Signoff assistance Needed

Plumber 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.

2 ways

@ 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.

young people in trade

@ 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.

Radiant ceiling

@ May 8, 2014 9:33 PM in Heat Loss discrepancy

Radiant heating conducts heat via heat waves, transmitting heat from hot surface to cooler surface directly, without heating air. convection heating happens via air circulating between transmitter of the heat and receiver of the heat. So in radiant heat to be comfortable there is no need to heat and move all air in the room. Ceiling radiant is nice, but sitting at the table feet will be pretty cold. Shade, you know. Just my 2 cents.

heat loss

@ May 8, 2014 1:00 PM in Heat Loss discrepancy

radiant heat loss is quite different from convection. The boiler size required for radiant heating system is at least 30-35% less than a conventional heating system. This is because the way the heating is distributed from floor to ceiling is different with one vs the other. Radiant heat has hotter temperature at floor and coldest at the ceiling, while convection is reversed. With convection radiators the coolest temperature is at the floor and hottest at the ceiling. Also feeling of the comfort with radiant heat is around 67-68F while with convection its around 72-73F. Personally I installed 135,000 input boiler for 7800 SF house, and this winter with 6F outdoor temperature they were comfortable.

Delta t

@ April 13, 2014 8:59 AM in Multicirculator/Multizone

I would calculate loads for each zone, measure radiation, and decrease flow via increasing delta t. Usually radiation is oversized so you can go to delta t over 40-50F. Then balance zone to calculated delta T. It worked for me.


@ April 12, 2014 9:29 AM in Burnham Alpine

You can do it with boilers, just pipe within the chimney must be supported every 5 feet.

alpine 210

@ April 11, 2014 10:09 AM in Burnham Alpine

is it multi family building? 210.00btuhr?

Car analogy

@ April 9, 2014 10:14 PM in Mid range boilers

Boiler is just a part of system, so you comparing not cars but engines. What 2L engine is better, Audi or WW? I guess not much of a difference. What about the rest? You mention 2 zones. I guess , correct me if I wrong, you will be using 2 thermostats to stop and start flow trough the zones?


@ April 9, 2014 9:09 AM in Mid range boilers

Midrange in what sense?

Steam vs hydronic

@ April 6, 2014 2:13 PM in Value of converting oil/steam to modcon gas?

If you have a steam system, you can have comfort and savings comparable to mod con hydronic. It is all about contractor not an equipment. Unqualified contractor will ruin any type of system, good contractor will make any system run well.

bad apple

@ March 14, 2014 1:34 PM in General steam trap question

The bad trap, failed in open position will turn off nearby traps and cause them to fail. It is like a bad apple.

another one

@ March 14, 2014 1:01 PM in Mod/Con Heat Exchanger Designs

you forgot to look at Inox-Radial heat exchanger


@ March 2, 2014 10:42 PM in New Gas Conversion

In order for boiler to condense you do not need water temperature below 130. Boiler can condense at 160F return water temperature. Also, when using outdoor reset, water supply temperature usually around 160F at average long island winter outdoor temperature.


@ February 10, 2014 7:59 PM in CAST IRON RADIATORS

Anthony is a great guy and they sell first class product.


@ January 26, 2014 9:49 PM in does this system look right?

This system is piped completely wrong.
-no point of no pressure change.
- boilers are piped in a way that their pumps are pumping into itself. i do not see system pumps
- differential pressure bypass is in wrong place.
and so on

whole thing looks like a joke
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