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I agree Rich

@ June 17, 2014 4:03 PM in 95% Efficient Condensing Replacement Boiler

I agree Rich. Gas pipe sizing is based on pressure drop, specific gravity and supply pressure. That said, it is not fair to tell someone that they can automatically use 15' of 1/2" piping for 180,000 btu's. That is just as reckless as not recommending a heatloss and just pulling a boiler selection out of your *** because you're to lazy or inexperienced to do the heatloss. Manufacturers can state whatever they want, but I don't believe everything that I read either.


@ June 17, 2014 2:55 PM in foam in oil feed, even with tiger loop

The real question is, have you gotten a tan yet?

Get it

@ June 17, 2014 2:43 PM in concentric termination relative to dryer vent

Get it in writing. The inspector may want it in writing. I hate it when a project gets held up over a question. I would still keep it as far away as possible. I have seen lint and chlorine do terrible things.


Gas piping?

@ June 17, 2014 2:24 PM in 95% Efficient Condensing Replacement Boiler

Can you post the gas pipe chart that you are using Snowmelt?


@ June 17, 2014 12:44 PM in 95% Efficient Condensing Replacement Boiler

Snowmelt, why would you sugest that boiler? Did I miss where the poster gave their heat loss numbers? Did I miss where the hot water needs were stated? I'm just wondering how you came up with a Navian 240? Do you go on sales calls and just look at the existing equipment and size based on that? Please tell me the secret? Is the Navian unit that boiler that I've been looking for? One size fits all?


Next question

@ June 15, 2014 4:08 PM in Main Vent

For the next question, at what sizes do you drill and tap verses installing a threadolet? And do you braze or weld?

I have

@ June 15, 2014 2:05 PM in foam in oil feed, even with tiger loop

Ice, you are still using present tense. You need to get into the retirement mentality. You live in Florida and probably still don't have a tan :)


Main Vent

@ June 15, 2014 1:41 PM in Main Vent

What is the lowest you can tap into a main (clock angle). As long as the main is well pitched and the tap is above any condensate path I can't see a problem. As long as the threadolet is angled upward to prevent any condensate trap.What say ye? I don't need to do it but another thread got me to thinking. How low can you go?



@ June 15, 2014 1:39 PM in Union installation on 2.5"


@ June 14, 2014 5:48 PM in concentric termination relative to dryer vent

Actually, it was the same moron who recommended the different time zone and the A/C venting. If it is not specified in the manual, the simple answer is to call tech support at Rheem. They will be able to tell you what the minimums are.



@ June 14, 2014 12:25 PM in Noisy pump

One other thing regarding the air issue. The air will come out of solution when heated. Even if it will be uncomfortable for a short period of time I would run the system to evacuate the air and ensure that it works. I'm surprised that you let the installer out of the house without testing the system.


@ June 14, 2014 11:51 AM in steam in the summer!

Can you post some photos of your boiler and indirect water heater? That would really help in figuring out what is going on.



@ June 14, 2014 11:44 AM in Carbon Monoxide Issues - HELP!

You should consider switching oil companies to the one that told you "we cannot service your equipment as you do not purchase our oil" I personally would not allow the present company to mow my lawn. Check the pricing and service charges for the other Buderus certified company. If they can do a better job than your current folk it would be worth a few dollars more a month. After all, what is the price of you and your family's lives? Any company who would leave a problem like that unresolved is not someone I would do business with.


Never tried it

@ June 13, 2014 4:13 PM in Union installation on 2.5"

I've never tried brazing steel. I was always taught to weld, however it does sound allot easier than welding. I have not had to braze much since copper water services were replaced with poly and I don't do A/C except my own. In my area any joint in copper below grade had to be brazed. It's amazing how many poly water services that I have had to repair verses copper. Thank god for cheaper materials. I could be out of business without them :). I have not had to weld a Thredolet in about five years as we don't have much steam here in Virginia. But there is always a next time. What kind of flux do you use?



@ June 13, 2014 3:04 PM in Steam-Heated Hotel!

Congratulations, I trust she was getting a massage or mani-pedi while you were touring the mechanical room.

My wife thinks I am a geek for spending my non-working time here. But in the big picture it's this, or watch some idiotic "reality show" (she always has control of the remote and I won't allow more than one television in the house). We've made it eighteen years and I only love her more every day.

 However she would kill me if I tried to visit a boiler room on our anniversary :) 


@ June 13, 2014 2:42 PM in Weil-McLain Recalls Ultra Series Boilers Due to Risk of Fire, Explosion

Thanks, I saw the serial numbers but somehow overlooked the dates.


Look up

@ June 13, 2014 2:32 PM in Union installation on 2.5"

Look up "Threadolet". They can be called either. They look like a lug nut or a saddle. They are welded onto the pipe and have a threaded inlet. I don't know why in this day and age there is not a bolt saddle fitting for steam systems. It would sure beat carting around my welder and burning my clothes, it seems there is never enough space to comfortably weld.

And for your hole saw bit, make sure to use either Milwaukee or Lenox. Anything else will probably be an exercise in futility.


A friend

@ June 13, 2014 1:29 PM in Returns covered by the Sheetrock

A Friend of mine who owns a drywall company walks the home prior to install to do his takeoff. He uses marking paint on the floor to mark where every outlet, recessed light, duct, multimedia.... As a smart company owner he does not trust his guys with his reputation. He walks every job himself after completion but before point up. He always has a drywall saw in his back pocket (he is not the low bidder) but he always has work.


It's not

@ June 13, 2014 1:13 PM in concentric termination relative to dryer vent

It's not just the lint, there is water vapor containing waterever chemicals are in the water. Chlorides will kill a gas heating appliance, dryer sheets contain all sorts of stuff as well. You really shoulld get the dryer vent as far away as you can.



@ June 13, 2014 1:01 PM in Radiators

My question was more oriented towards hot water heat.That's why I should have posted on the main wall.



@ June 13, 2014 12:20 PM in Hoffman Boiler Feed, persistent trickle feed and overflow

While your at it replace the PRV. I have never repaired one. They are not expensive.



@ June 13, 2014 12:17 PM in Steam-Heated Hotel!

What does Naoko think about your steam fetish?
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