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Pavers or slab

@ July 19, 2013 11:53 AM in Concrete Slab, pavers or bricks under Mod/Con Boiler

I prefer pavers or solid blocks that way if one appliance ever leaks (and it will) only the base of that individual unit gets wet. With a solid slab they will all get wet

Signed in

@ July 11, 2013 3:50 PM in Signing In?

I can't stay signed in even if I leave the window open. I just had to sign back in after leaning my last post? And I have also timed out? in the middle of a post.

Signing In?

@ July 11, 2013 1:47 PM in Signing In?

Is there any way to stay signed in this site? It would make it so much easier.

What a mess!

@ July 11, 2013 1:02 PM in two water heater piping

Ben, that piping is a mess! You are correct in thinking that they are piped improperly. The way it is piped now you will be drawing the majority of your water from the left hand tank. Water wants to take the path of least resistance. They should be piped in a reverse return configuration to draw equally from both tanks. I would definitely get a pro out there to fix it. As well, your exhaust piping may kill you and others! It should not be sloping downwards! The melted insulation on the right hand tank tells me that you are getting flue gas spillage into the room. Do you have a carbon Monoxide detector in the room? I don't mean to sound harsh, but this really needs to be corrected. (and yes, if they are valved off you can shut off one heater for a portion of the season, just make sure to turn the gas valve down to the vacation setting)

It's There

@ July 11, 2013 12:26 PM in Smith 8 / Carlin EZ Gas. AHRI certificate

J-star, It's there, just hard to find. Mestek's web site is not very user friendly. It's under "product line" "G-8" "Brochure" on page 3.

Good God!!

@ June 27, 2013 12:03 PM in Professional?

He's got one set of slip joint pliers and some kind of channel lock and it appears that he is loosening the fitting or he doesn't know which direction channel locks operate. Obviously this actor was "certified" by the Home Depot training crew.
And why would someone use a chrome manifold?

Feed Tank

@ June 25, 2013 3:32 PM in Add Boiler Feed Tank Or Not?

When the boiler is replaced are they replacing the wet returns as well, or are they putting a band-aid on an axe wound?

Don't Forget!

@ June 25, 2013 3:12 PM in pex or copper,cast or pvc

Don't forget the infamous "Ball Cock" which is now referred to as a "toilet fill valve"


@ June 25, 2013 2:23 PM in combine tankless flues

Check out this link. The Eternal brand of tankless water heaters can apparently have a common vent.

Toilet problem

@ June 22, 2013 1:34 PM in Old style toilet flush valves

Could the toilet be siphoning? The fill tube should be cut and clipped to overflow.

Heat exchanger

@ June 21, 2013 12:16 PM in what is all this extra stuff?

When you refer to the cracked "tank", are you talking about the heat exchanger? If so, how was it repaired?

Did it ever work right?

@ June 20, 2013 3:32 PM in Add Boiler Feed Tank Or Not?

If it worked correctly at one time without a feed tank, it should work now without a feed tank! And I will quote Steamhead "It needs to be de-knuckle headed".

Replacing wet returns?

@ June 20, 2013 12:30 PM in Add Boiler Feed Tank Or Not?

Why not just ditch the feed tank and replace the wet returns? From your description it sounds like they are blocked or leaking or both.

Drain Hose

@ June 19, 2013 3:24 PM in washing machine drain hose problem

As Jamie said, just make sure that the hose is secure into the standpipe and you will be fine. In thirty years of plumbing I have yet to see a standpipe overflow. The washers pump dumps the water down so quickly that debris does not get the chance to get caught in the pipe. I have seen the washer hose blow out of the standpipe and flood a house. Just make sue the hose is securely in the pipe.

The hot seat!

@ June 12, 2013 1:03 PM in I want one of these!

I bet Hot Rod has already built one and patented it:)

Tough skins

@ June 9, 2013 12:05 PM in Buy American

Were Sears Tough skins made in the USA? My family could never afford Levi's.

It may cost you

@ June 7, 2013 12:15 PM in Amateur Hour gas boiler install

It may cost you a customer, but you need to get that system shut down! If someone gets injured or dies YOU will be a defendant in a very long and costly trial Since you were the last one to look at it, it's your responsibility as a contractor to ensure it is safe to operate! If the owner refuses to fix the deficiencies immediately, you need to contact the gas company and the local AHJ. Do it in writing and get certified copies. You only get one chance to save a life and save your ass!
P.S. Look at the latest post from the "Carbon Monoxide Awareness" section and read the article. The contractor notified the property managers about the CO problem, however, he did not shut down the equipment. I GUARANTEE he will be named in the lawsuit.

What is it !

@ June 6, 2013 12:46 PM in Amateur Hour gas boiler install

What is the coil? I can't tell if it's connected to the domestic or the space heat. Is it a homemade radiator for the boiler room, or a preheater for the domestic hot water with black fittings? Inquiring minds would like to know!

And is that a flex connector at the top of the gas line for the boiler

New Furnace

@ June 6, 2013 12:38 PM in Replacing Gas Furnace Burners?

You should probably just plan on a new furnace. If what you said is correct, the furnace is almost fifty years old. Do you drive a car that's fifty years old? You should upgrade to a more efficient system (either wrap it into your mortgage, or have the sellers lower the sales price to cover it). I doubt that you can upgrade the burners on that furnace (how do you upgrade the carburetor on a Model-A Ford).
Good luck with your new home and please feel free to ask anymore questions.


@ June 6, 2013 11:50 AM in IN MEMORY

God bless all the Americans that fought and died on this day in 1944. I sincerely hope that the freedoms you fought for will remain for eternity.


@ June 6, 2013 11:43 AM in Steam to hot water radiator conversion valves

In Steamheads words, the system has probably been "knuckleheaded" and the church has banging during their services. It would be cheaper for the church to find a new repair guy than to replace the system.

Re-using Rads

@ May 31, 2013 1:25 PM in Preparing old radiators for hot water

Can you post pictures of the radiators? Some steam radiators will not work with hot water systems.
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