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RobG

RobG

Joined on June 4, 2011

Last Post on August 30, 2014

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It's Amazing

@ May 2, 2014 8:30 AM in "Kitchen Boiler Connections" from 1899.

Do you ever wonder why one hundred + year old equipment functions more reliably than equipment made yesterday? I don't agree that newer is always better. The dead men had it so much harder and took so much pride in their work, and deserved every bit of it!
We have to live with the future, but we can't forget about the past.

JMHO,
Rob

Problem

@ May 2, 2014 7:18 AM in List of small mod/cons

This is an issue manufacturers need to address. We need smaller mod/con's for small and/or highly insulated homes.


Rob

Problem

@ May 2, 2014 7:18 AM in List of small mod/cons

This is an issue manufacturers need to address. We need smaller mod/con's for small and/or highly insulated homes.


Rob

Done

@ May 2, 2014 6:58 AM in Please take this survey

Done

Thick & Thin

@ May 2, 2014 4:26 AM in Heat Load assessment different from quuted Boiler Size

I hate trying to do a heat loss on a home like that. There is no easy way to do it. How old is the home? Has there been added insulation? If so, what kind and where? How many square feet is it. What kind of system is in there currently and how does it perform? Why is it being replaced?

Rob

Factory

@ April 29, 2014 5:05 PM in Radiator feet pedestal?

I happen to know of a manufacturing plant in Dundalk that is for rent. It is formerly known as HydroTherm :) Honestly, if you decide to do it let us know. Capital is always there for the right idea.

Rob 

I love it!!

@ April 27, 2014 7:57 PM in Radiator feet pedestal?

Are you guys gonna buy a foundry and start making your own boilers? I never know what you'll come up with next.

Rob

Photos

@ April 26, 2014 2:01 PM in Need advice/ help for new heating system

Carrie, thanks for the photos. The pictures are not very clear. From what I can see, your near boiler piping is a mess. Unfortunately a master plumber is not necessarily a hydronic heating pro. Your boiler looks relatively new so i would defiantly keep it. Call Frank with "All Steamed Up". He will get it straitened out. Let us know how it goes

Rob

Silver Lining

@ April 26, 2014 1:28 PM in Dealing with fire damage

There's a silver lining in every cloud, the fires could have happened in January

Good luck,
Rob

Yes, no, maybe

@ April 24, 2014 1:50 PM in cast iron baseboard remodle

Typically CI basboard are connected with push nipples and tie bolts. If you do not know the manufacturer post some pictures and we will see.

Rob

Gas Cock

@ April 24, 2014 1:24 PM in Piping a Wallhung Modcom for concrete radiant.

I can't tell from the photos but the gas cock should be within reach of the appliance. You should come out of the top of the boiler with a nipple, then to a union and then install the gas cock. You can then transition to the CSST. You may have to install bonding clamps on the CSST as well. Inspectors can get finicky about the bonding requirements nowadays. Personally, I would just pipe it in iron and be done with it. I only use flex connectors on movable appliances anymore.

Nice work

JMHO,
Rob 

It's so easy

@ April 24, 2014 12:07 PM in Are you in the market for a Thermal Imager?

He makes it look so easy. I was lost after the first minute. Is there any way to send a camera off to him for a fee?

Rob

Picasso?

@ April 22, 2014 8:20 AM in A little help deciphering.

They look like early Picasso's to me. Hold onto them, you never know what they may be worth someday.

Then again, maybe he watched you work and is a future "Wethead"  :)

Rob

I Understand

@ April 19, 2014 2:52 PM in 270 Ft Manifold

I just seem to get bit by Mr. Murphy whenever I do stuff like that :)

Rob

Nice Job!

@ April 19, 2014 2:30 PM in 270 Ft Manifold

The only thing that would scare me is having that many connections under the slab. Could the manifolds have been elevated and installed in the wall? Beautiful workmanship!

Rob

Wow!!!

@ April 19, 2014 2:03 PM in CPVC in hydronic heating system

I agree Superdave, time for a re-pipe. I love the idea of not using any of those pesky isolation valves however, it really helps on improving flow rates of the system.

It's interesting on Wayne's post from Charlotte pipe, They start out saying that Flowguard Gold CPVC in cts size is okay for hydronic, then at the end say only SCH80 should be used. That makes no sense as cts and SCH80 are two completely different animals. And we wonder how jobs like this get installed, much less approved. It doesn't look like they even  used the Flowguard gold cement.Go figure!!

Oil Base

@ April 18, 2014 12:42 PM in Painting Cast Iron Baseboard Radiator – Baseray/Governale

As well, with oil base paint your house will smell awful and probably off-gas when heated.

Rob

Extrol

@ April 17, 2014 1:21 PM in pressure relief valve

With the system empty or the tank removed, the pressure in the tank should be set to the fill pressure of the system. If you only have twelve pounds in the tank and the fill pressure of the system is twenty, you are not leaving a whole lot of room in the tank for expansion. How many floors is the house and where is the boiler located? This will determine what the system pressure should be.

Rob

Thanks

@ April 17, 2014 12:30 PM in Thermal Imaging

Thanks for the replies, I will use it as a tool, not a sales tool. I don't have the time nor interest to do blower door tests (I'll leave that to you BPI boys). I know I'm behind the pack on getting one but I have held off, call me cheap but it has always seems that when I am walking out of the store with the newest gadget a delivery guy is rolling in a handcart of newer, cheaper, better gadgets.

Thanks,
Rob

Great Advice

@ April 17, 2014 11:37 AM in Need advice/ help for new heating system

You have been given some great advice, keep the hot water system and get a true radiant heating proffesional in to de-bug the system. I would bet money that the system is not nearly as screwey as you are being told. Could you post some pictures of the boiler and the associated piping? If we can "see" the system we can point you in the right direction with eyes wide open. Coming to this site for help was the best money you never spent :)

Rob 

Coal boiler

@ April 16, 2014 3:53 PM in Modifications to Hydronic System

Is this a closed or open system? Did you use oxygen barrier pex for the radiant?

Rob

Entran

@ April 16, 2014 3:49 PM in The dreaded Entran

You said it's still pliable, the stuff that was plugging it was probably a biological growth. Did it stink when the system was first opened up? I would go with the heat exchanger (I would still use an oxygen inhibitor on the Entran side just for extending the life of the tubing).

Rob
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