Joined on May 27, 2011
Last Post on September 13, 2014
@ May 27, 2014 8:35 AM in troubleshoot constant call for heatPlease look at the link . This guy needs help and this is not that difficult .
The SR relay for the circs is fine , If you use the end switches from Uponor zone control modules as if they were the t stats , they only complete a circuit . These boxes are not magic and they are not that smart , they receive information from another source and open or close a circuit , period . Just use the right stuff .
Like I said above , Power a UPONOR zone control module with the 24v transformer , wire the t stats to the inputs on said zcm , wire the actuators to the proper terminals on the zcm , wire end switch from UPONOR zcm to SR relay and go home knowing the job works and is correct . The only thing different about the manifold station picture is that all the pumps are at the manifolds and not in the boiler room so a single pump rlay was used , if they had all been in the boiler room an SR 505 would have been used . This happens to be a 6 zone manifold , All the connections are inside the wire raceway for the actuators . The picture shows before wiring , the link is the completed assembly
@ May 26, 2014 7:38 AM in Taco relay loud constant buzz! help!That'll do it . As far as soundproofing the first floor from the basement , you may want to take a 2 pronged approach . Ask if it is possible to while insulating the basement ceiling upgrade that insulation to Roxul R-23 Batt , this will also afford you a decent fire resistance along with acting as a sound barrier .
@ May 25, 2014 11:01 AM in Peer review please...Mark , I think these guys are onto something . I have received pricing from them but won't post it here but will say they beat up all other products without negotiation . Have a look , http://cocoontanks.com/ .
James Schenk from Thermal Battery Systems in Montana has some real interesting stuff going on including data logging .
@ May 24, 2014 9:10 AM in Tips for quieting down a staple up radiant floor?an outdoor reset mixing valve for the radiant portion of the system only . If at all possible change those circs out for a Delta T circ like a Bumble Bee .
@ May 24, 2014 9:04 AM in MunchkinT80 Error codesafter replacing the fan motor assembly and cleaning swirl plate and the like the control module needs replacing also . You just gotta fix one problem at a time . Star with the swirl plate , try to fire , replace fan motor assembly , try it , control module is next . Try to find a service guy in your area . Has this boiler been maintained and / or serviced regularly ? Should have been .
@ May 24, 2014 8:51 AM in HRV UNITThese units will provide fresh outside air to the occupants while transferring energy from previously conditioned air to the incoming . As newer stock gets tighter this is certainly needed . If you are connecting to a ducted system and not using this as a DOAS make sure to have the filters changed out regularly and a MERV filter above 11 is a good choice . DOAS is best (dedicated outdoor air system).
Check out Building Science Corporation , Healthy Heating and Energy Vanguard websites to learn all you need for this . Check your climate zone also as HRVs after years of installation have been identified as less desirable than ERVs in I believe all but two climate zones in the lower 48 . You should also check out the Resnet BPI group on LinkedIn . This first link will probably be the most helpful . Welcome to the debate , hope you have lots of Advil .
@ May 23, 2014 4:14 PM in troubleshoot constant call for heatAre those Uponor T Stats ? I suggest you use Uponor 2 wire heat only thermostats (A3030101), a 3 zone control module (A3031003) and use all 2 wire actuators . Wire the 24v to the module , Wire the t stats to the module , the actuators to the module , and the end switch to the SR504 and call it a day . A whole lot of ugly where it was not required .
@ May 22, 2014 7:56 AM in Peer review please...This is something that I have given much thought to also . I have also thought of and others on the east coast have started use Black roofs as a sort of solar collection assembly . Sheath the roof with panels if you will .
While climate change is certainly a real phenomenon I view it as a very hot political potato and it may be best left out of the description as those who would discard or not take seriously because of the wording , and the Green / Passive guys will or will not accept it . They would rather stuff a house full of insulation , make it a 10,000 BTU per hour design house then install 23,000 BTU worth of ductless mini splits and call it efficient . Proceed to tell us our stuff is too expensive when in fact the only guys they are familiar with or worked with do not know what we know . I would rather view it as conserving our resources for future generations while not contributing to the heat ceiling effect , Co emissions and the like .
I must go out to earn now but am interested to see where this goes .
@ May 18, 2014 3:00 PM in Pricing New workcertainly is . I see Steve already correctly thought I was referring to Ellen .
@ May 18, 2014 8:27 AM in Pricing New workGennady's link . She has the recipe . If that doesn't hit home , don't look at what others around you do or you may fall into a trap . Only you know what you have for overhead , and what you need to make , price accordingly . You may get less jobs this way but you won't find yourself in a position created by having to leave one job to start another to pay the bills and spreading yourself thin , that quickly creates a hole you may never climb out of and is not good for reputation building . Basically what I am saying is a job is worth whatever you are willing to do it for . Just know that you can sit home and NOT LOSE MONEY , why spend money leaving the house if it is not gonna be profitable , this is not a hobby and you probably don't need the practice . Good luck
@ May 13, 2014 3:14 PM in Time for a new threader....was working for you too ? That boy can break anything but not this machine . Threads 2" the same as 1" , real smooth machine . Have not used it with geared threaders for larger pipe . Have larger machines for those jobs that usually take a bit of time and the machines address changes . No problem using the carriage as a lever to tighten fittings on the machine . We take good care of our stuff too , at least I do .
Some real Samsonite Gorillas use our machines and they continue to perform better than the guys who use them .
@ May 13, 2014 11:52 AM in Time for a new threader....loyal 300 user has not agreed after using this that this is the machine to have . I was one and am still converting 2-3 guys a year . We now have three , the oldest is right around 12 years old and still going strong . One piece of equipment to buy and you're done . We put a 90 and ball valve on the reservoir so it can be drained to go back in the truck . Suggest purchasing a second head for 1"-2" pipe . Fastest , lightest , easiest machine I have seen . Wheeler Rex # 6090 . Every one we have purchased cost about the same as the 300 Power drive only .
@ May 11, 2014 8:22 PM in Heat Loss discrepancyEven the best window you could purchase is a horrible wall . Aside from having a terrible R value it is a surface that will always absorb radiation making your system less efficient . Don't be fooled by smaller room square footages either . A small room with large windows will almost always require more heat than a larger room with the same windows . Just one of those anomalies I have noticed over the years
@ May 11, 2014 9:27 AM in how prevalent is this?his attorney advised him that if he wanted to continue to be a wealthy know it all he should cease and desist from encouraging others to follow in his installation full of health risks . Or maybe he actually did some research and decided an experiment was not worth the risk to his very own family
@ May 7, 2014 7:51 PM in Heat Loss discrepancymanufactures boilers and baseboard . Uponor does not , what do you think ? I have never had a bad Uponor ADS heat loss in 9 years . Just make sure you entered everything right . Just finished a house that is 7267 and design load was 108K so 145 sounds about right .
@ May 7, 2014 6:39 AM in Ceiling Questionthat heat rises is the only obstacle to getting people to agree . Sometimes you must un teach people what their third grade science teacher told them
@ May 6, 2014 6:49 AM in Hot Tub NoiseCarl ,
Any product that does not decrease the area of contact between the 2 won't help much . I see builders all the time trying to make lower level rooms quieter by increasing the upper floor 's mass , this always fails . You must find a way to decrease the surface contact area to lessen the vibration , Commercial buildings use a metal strip that has a small area of the product contacting studs and the drywall sticks out off the stud faces , works pretty well .
@ May 5, 2014 7:56 AM in List of small mod/consthe only call for heat recognized by the boiler should be a call from the storage tank . The boiler circ should never run except during a call . The other circs will not push / pull water from the boiler , this is the de coupler of the circuits . Systems tend to get too involved when too many have an opinion . We all can probably agree that oversizing is bad . But what if someone made a piece of equipment that was a buffer tank , boiler , plumbed easily , and was affordable and space saving would there be a great debate ? Have a look at the following link , really think about what this would offer . I use these many times and have had trouble free operation , customers love their gas bills and they are affordable . Let me know what you think Stenty
@ May 4, 2014 8:04 AM in List of small mod/consA small buffer (storage) tank is a great idea . It essentially gives you hydraulic separation between the boiler and the system . You can make that the device that calls for heat so that the boiler never short cycles either . 180*+ water boiler shuts off , when the tank says 155* boiler turns on . You have mass , the boiler will run nice efficient cycles , no pain in the ass CSTs , you could put an I Series w/ ODR on the system side and lengthen the time between calls for heat to the boiler . Right off the top of my head I can say Caleffi and HTP both offer small 25 gallon storage tanks , and boiler buddy makes a really nice 30 gallon . A Delta T circ like a bumble bee would be real good for the boiler pump (little if any head loss) and of course whatever circs on the system side depending on conditions there . Don't forget quality air elimination , some buffers will perform this task very well , the 3 I mentioned certainly do
@ May 3, 2014 4:45 PM in List of small mod/consinstallers and designers have a way to go before they know how to make any boiler and the system it is used in last 30 - 40 years . I think the machines are up to the task now .
What would you suggest they do with the existing water heaters when they take 25-30 K worth of heat out of these chimneys ?
@ May 3, 2014 8:17 AM in Happy Birthday M.E.for your birthday Mark . Keep up the fight !
@ May 2, 2014 6:44 PM in List of small mod/consis the heat load so small ? If the answer to this question is because it is very tight and insulated well may determine or make one type boiler more acceptable . If the house is that tight it may be unwise to use a CI boiler . Mod cons and the style of venting they offer are a better fit for a very tight house . Is this house old or new and did it have a masonry chimney prior if it is old .