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@ 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.



@ June 8, 2014 8:43 AM in Typical venting for high-efficiency wall-hung boilers?

I prefer using central-therm  :)


@ June 8, 2014 7:33 AM in Air handler with DX A/Cz and hydronic heat.

What! I have never paid a manufactures representative anything to help me with ANYTHING! The name says it all. They are paid by the manufacturer to represent / promote their products. I have dealt with them directly by purchasing products and bypassing the wholesaler, but that is rare and usually for specialty items or replacement / warranty items. 

Stenty, it sounds like you have some products in mind? Please post your ideas and you will get great feedback. (for the most part)

After all, you're a cheap landlord. :)



@ June 7, 2014 11:17 AM in Gas-powered pump releases CO into house in Beverly, MA

Why did a 2010 posting get recycled?

Gas Cock

@ June 7, 2014 9:28 AM in Boiler replaced - Boiler trap removed

And while you're re-piping, put a gas cock on the water heater.
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