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@ 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?


@ June 13, 2014 12:02 PM in Weil-McLain Recalls Ultra Series Boilers Due to Risk of Fire, Explosion

Does anyone know the dates of the recalled boilers?


@ June 12, 2014 4:00 PM in Typical venting for high-efficiency wall-hung boilers?

Why can't the owner pick the equipment now? If the right equipment is specified now, it will still be available in two years. I would think that an inspector is not going to approve a vent that he does not know what appliance is going to be attached to it.

Pick it now, put it in writing and be done with it. Or just leave a chase that will be accessible for inspection down the road.



@ June 12, 2014 3:41 PM in concentric termination relative to dryer vent

Vent? concentric vent? A/C? Once again Snowmelt, you make no sense.


@ June 12, 2014 3:23 PM in Noisy pump

I don't mean to get the thread off topic but could you send me or post the actual spreadsheet for that?


Outdoor air reset

@ June 12, 2014 2:58 PM in Radiators

This is what got me thinking, on OAR depending on the size, we can run rads at very low temps (granted they are over-sized for the space). Baseboard will not convect at temps nearly as low even if they are over-sized. Maybe it all comes down to temp versus /and surface area?

I probably should have posted this in the main wall. Sorry

Just wondering

@ June 12, 2014 1:00 PM in Radiators

Just wondering. Since they are called radiators, I would assume that they operate predominately on radiation. After all, convectors convect. I assume it's not a stupid question as nobody seems to know an answer definitively

I should have noticed

@ June 12, 2014 12:39 PM in Name this part

I should have noticed, it's not galvanized. Duh. What is / was its purpose?

Relief Valve

@ June 12, 2014 12:13 PM in Name this part

I was going to guess a relief valve on the main water line. Just because it is cut-off at the line coming up and it appears to be a new poly line next to it?



@ June 11, 2014 1:05 PM in Radiators

The question is which they do predominately. I have a hard time believing that they are 50/50.


@ June 10, 2014 4:02 PM in Radiators

Does anyone else care to chime in? I don't necessarily disagree with Jaimie as his physics skills are quite beyond mine. However I don't quite agree either based on my practical experience



@ June 10, 2014 2:44 PM in Radiators

How do traditional radiators predominantly operate, radiation or convection? I would like to hear peoples opinions as It came up in another thread.


@ June 10, 2014 2:03 PM in Any comments

I will not get involved in the great header debate:) The only piping change (not to include the header debate). I would have put a union on each riser as it would make repairs / section replacement / boiler removal easier down the road. With my luck, piped as it is, I would end up with a sand hole in a fitting or section and have to disassemble all of it. But that's just me. 

Beautiful workmanship.



@ June 10, 2014 1:24 PM in Ever seen this rad?

Is the rad original to the house or installed for aesthetics during the renovation. Obviously the system has been re-piped. I would sure love to see the name on it as well.
That union looks like hell, they should have installed a spud at the top.




@ June 8, 2014 2:22 PM in Typical venting for high-efficiency wall-hung boilers?

The most simple solution is to pick the equipment that will be used and run the the vent accordingly. To try and guess what MIGHT be installed is a crap shoot.
Occam's razor, the easiest solution is usually correct.


@ June 8, 2014 1:06 PM in Wife HATES old steam radiators. Don't care for covers. Alternatives?

Actually, radiators operate predominantly on radiation. Their counterpart, baseboard or convectors operate predominately on convection. One solution for rad covers that works quite well is to use a piece of marble or granite as the platform on the cover. Just make sure to leave the bottom open and the upper portion louvered to allow for the moderate convection it will create and you will be fine. My wife loves putting her plants on them as they warm the root systems and promote growth. Put TRV's on the rads you want to regulate (usually the bedrooms) and live in peace and comfort.
You can use mini-split heat pumps for your a/c and heat during the shoulder seasons and the steam for the others. You will get the best of both worlds.

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