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Rocket Science ?

@ May 27, 2014 8:35 AM in troubleshoot constant call for heat

Please 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 , . 
  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 .

Many times

@ May 24, 2014 9:04 AM in MunchkinT80 Error codes

after 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 UNIT

These 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 heat

Are 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 work

certainly is . I see Steve already correctly thought I was referring to Ellen .


@ May 18, 2014 8:27 AM in Pricing New work

Gennady'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

My son

@ 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 .

Not one

@ 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 .

A window

@ May 11, 2014 8:22 PM in Heat Loss discrepancy

Even 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

Slant Fin

@ May 7, 2014 7:51 PM in Heat Loss discrepancy

manufactures 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 Question

that 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

Surface area

@ May 6, 2014 6:49 AM in Hot Tub Noise

Carl ,
   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 .  

Call for Heat

@ May 5, 2014 7:56 AM in List of small mod/cons

the 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/cons

 A 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

I think

@ May 3, 2014 4:45 PM in List of small mod/cons

installers 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 ? 

Best wishes

@ 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/cons

is 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 .
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