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@ March 16, 2014 12:57 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

What is the building used for?
Beautiful piping by the way, It's a shame that you did all that work just to see the boiler get swallowed.
Let me guess, he's getting bids from the guy who did the original install.


Red tag

@ March 15, 2014 5:57 PM in Has a sink hole ever tried to swallow up a boiler you service?

As Steve notes, the gas and flue are compromised. I would shut it down until they decided to have it fixed. If you touched it last, you own it.



@ March 14, 2014 11:08 AM in Mono Flow Issues

If you had a contractor out to work on your system he should have been prepared to troubleshoot it. Since he was not, I would find another company! Unless I am giving an estimate on a new system I always have my service truck (and even then I am usually in it). Where are you located? Use the "Find a Contractor" section on the site to find someone in your area.

You really should get that boiler replaced come Summer. Just don't have the guy who showed up without the equipment to do it.



@ March 14, 2014 10:47 AM in General steam trap question

You should post this question in the "Strictly Steam" section, you will get a lot more help there.


No Habla

@ March 11, 2014 2:52 PM in What's wrong with this?

No habla Ingles.

At least he dripped some primer on the 90.


Does the

@ March 9, 2014 6:29 PM in Navien combo

Does the condensate drain onto the floor?  :)

Flow switch

@ March 9, 2014 6:20 PM in Monitron boiler not heating coils

Is the flow switch making?


Will the 15-60

@ March 9, 2014 1:55 PM in Hydrotherm Celtic and a 15-42

I don't know what the pump curves are for the old 15-42 but this seems to be a Celtic replacement (I certainly wouldn't buy it from Europe :)  ?




@ March 8, 2014 3:17 PM in Hydrotherm Celtic and a 15-42

I here ya, but if my tires cost $275.00 each (expansion tank). I would consider getting somthing cheaper :) That site is highway robbery!!

Boiler fill

@ March 8, 2014 3:10 PM in Pumping away ? I must have something messed up! Help

Have you tried shutting off the boiler fill valve? Does the pressure rise with it closed?

Look Here

@ March 8, 2014 2:42 PM in Hydrotherm Celtic and a 15-42

Personaly, I would replace it, but here is a link


Boiler piping

@ March 8, 2014 2:18 PM in Pumping away ? I must have something messed up! Help

On the 175 the primary piping calls for a minimum of 1 1/4 piping, is it? As well with a boiler of that size you must have an awfully large house with ALLOT of baseboard. Is the expansion tank sized correctly? And the manual does call for the pump to be on the supply side, but the fill valve and tank should be on the return or on the secondary side. I'm still trying to grasp why you piped it with two sets of closely spaced tees. Piped that way it will ensure that the second set of tees sees lower water temps.


Reverse indirect?

@ March 1, 2014 5:31 PM in Rinnai RH180 or 100 Gallon Atmospheric?

If the customer has hot water heat and needs a consistent dump load, you should consider a reverse indirect. Properly sized, it will give endless hot water without the pressure drop of a tankless.



@ March 1, 2014 1:50 PM in Beating a dead horse.

If they offered the Megasteam with a gas or oil "kit", wholesalers could stock two boilers for the space of one. I would think that it would make the boiler more attractive to stocking wholesalers, in turn increasing their market share.



@ February 28, 2014 1:58 PM in Gas fire

I think Icesailor is talking about when an existing wood burning fireplace is used and a gas log setup is installed by drilling through the fireplace and running in a gas line. You have to lock the flue open so that it can't be run with the flue closed. Very inefficient, I have not installed one in years.


Bundy (Wiki)

@ February 27, 2014 3:24 PM in radiant in ceiling?

Bundy tube, sometimes called Bundy pipe, is type of double-walled low-carbon [u][color=#0066cc]steel[/color][/u] tube manufactured by rolling a copper-coated steel strip through 720 degrees and resistance [u][color=#0066cc]brazing[/color][/u] the overlapped seam in a process called Bundywelding. It may be zinc- or terne- coated for corrosion protection. It is used in automotive [u][color=#0066cc]hydraulic brake lines[/color][/u] in cars manufactured in the USA since the 1930s.
A 1969 study by the [u][color=#0066cc]SAE[/color][/u] recommended the replacement of Bundy tube with 90-10 copper-nickel alloy [u][color=#0066cc]UNS[/color][/u] C70600 (Kunifer pipe) because of corrosion concerns.[u][size=8][color=#0066cc][1][/color][/size][/u] Kunifer pipe has since been adopted by European automakers [u][color=#0066cc]Volvo[/color][/u], [u][color=#0066cc]Rolls-Royce[/color][/u], [u][color=#0066cc]Lotus Cars[/color][/u], [u][color=#0066cc]Aston-Martin[/color][/u], [u][color=#0066cc]Porsche[/color][/u], and [u][color=#0066cc]Audi[/color][/u].[u][size=8][color=#0066cc][2][/color][/size][/u] Bundy pipe retains the advantage higher rigidity, which means less volume expansion under pressure.
The Bundy Tubing Company, started in the USA, was bought in the 1980s by what is now the British company TI Automotive

Just me?

@ February 27, 2014 2:19 PM in Just me?

Was it just me or was the site down earlier?

Never mind, I just read Dan's post on the "Apologies" thread.



@ February 26, 2014 1:06 PM in Original Equipment

Is that vacuum cleaner still in service?



@ February 26, 2014 12:59 PM in how prevalent is this?

Use the tank-less as a water heater, buy a modcon, stainless pump, potable exp tank, MBR bronze separator, check / fill valve (bronze). and some miscellaneous other stuff.

Golly, I forgot to mention that little detail of a heat loss.

Where's my hundred bucks?



@ February 26, 2014 12:47 PM in how prevalent is this?

He is also offering a one hundred dollar reward for anyone who can fix his system. I don't know about you all, but if I worked that cheap I would be out of business. All he has to do is come here and ask some questions and he would get some great advice.


Beautiful workmanship

@ February 25, 2014 3:19 PM in how prevalent is this?

Beautiful workmanship but not overly complicated. I love the tube bending. He probably didn't even notice that the job was not finished either. I'm sure MMM's all pex system will be just as well done, after all, it doesn't take years of experience to do simple plumbing work like that. By the way, is that an A.O. Smith or a Rinnai tank-less water heater.  :)

I don't understand?

@ February 23, 2014 4:32 PM in Rinnai RH180 or 100 Gallon Atmospheric?

I don't understand? Why can't you discuss the use of a tankless water heater?

The rinnai 180 is just a tankless water heater connected to a tank. 

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