A Boiler File
Joined on February 3, 2012
Last Post on November 29, 2013
@ November 29, 2013 2:36 PM in High Humidity/Boiler Leak?Is your dryer in the basement? Does it vent to the outside? Seems to me if you have so much condensation, it would be worst when it is cold inside. But then I didn't see your home.
@ September 26, 2013 1:20 PM in chimney relining?My chimney is straight, so you could stick mirror inside and look up. It had no liner. I had at least 150,000 btu's added - water heater and oil steam boiler. I bought a 25' - 30' 6" stainless steel liner. I was told the equipment determines the liner. Carbon monoxide is the problem. The cost for the liner was about $1900, if I remember correctly. This is NJ. Your chimney needs to be certified. The key word is certified.
@ September 22, 2013 6:22 PM in When is it skimmed enough?Yes, there is an old portion of the header that was left by the installer. The old boiler is shown also. I wonder how much would be saved in costs of efficiency by redesigning the piping. It is two-inch pipe all the way. Could there be a diagonal pipe off the boiler to the original header, then turn 90 degrees and down to the pipe behind the VXT water controller? That water feeding line is annoying. Everything right now is well above the water line.
@ July 25, 2013 9:42 PM in Copper prices affected by Bank manipulation of MarketsI tend to think that if the Huffington Post now has anything to report about it, it must be reviewed for more clarity. I stand by my opinion that further study will likely find no illegal deals or reason for governmental intervention. I think you and I are told to be victims when the real issue is something else. We can go on forever about who is exploiting who. Also, it is really difficult not to want to express the impression one gets. Probably shouldn't do it.
@ July 22, 2013 4:04 PM in Copper prices affected by Bank manipulation of MarketsI haven't been in the market for copper pipes lately, but this doesn't surprise me. But I have to wonder why we become so passionate about someone attempting to make some money. I suppose local and state governments should deregulate plumbing. Get rid of licensing to allow more individuals in the market and allow me and others a chance at lower prices. Who says an unlicensed individual is bad. Licensing is a classic example of government market intervention to limit those who can practice; i.e. reducing competitive pressure to lower prices. We know Plumbers generally have a market area, so we expect to find another individual who doesn't want to charge crazy prices or does more competent work. The article states manufacturers are finding ways around "the cartel" (my emphasis). Any monopoly is doomed to fail to hold the market for long. Railroads are good example of past transportation control, because of roads and trucking. Government busted them also I think. For many decades RR's were struggling. Now that fracking oil is increasing and new pipelines are being discouraged by environmentalists, RR's are seeing increasing profits and the potential for disaster. My guess is the President and governments will allow more pipelines, because they are a safer means of transportation and will lower the prices (more jobs) for the citizens of the USA. Oh, pipelines are owned by just a few companies. Where do we go from here? I really don't see copper any differently than say Walmart or Kmart selling groceries to compete with ShopRite or Krugers. Walmart has market power to sell products lower in cost, but does it really hurt the consumer? I think the article on copper might need a second look.
@ July 17, 2013 2:23 PM in Fluidmaster 400AI recently replaced that 1" gasket under the Cap, but I'm sure the unit is older than 5 years. The instructions on the replacement gasket say I should replace the whole unit. Has anyone seen a catastrophic failure because it was just older than 5 years?
@ July 10, 2013 4:18 PM in Radiator under kitchen counterI've never seen it available. I touched the stuff at an astronomy club, but thought it was too exotic and not applicable. Anyway, laminate needs to be protected from heat. Never put a hot pot on it or it could separate from the core wood. If you have a dish washer, the laminate should be on the bottom of the countertop as well to protect it from the moisture from the dishwasher. The radiant barrier sold at local hardware stores probably is enough. What is most important is the space between the aluminumized surface or sheet of aluminum and the counter top. The radiant barrier sold in hardware stores tends to be the type with bubble in it or the space you need. A piece of aluminum, which is probably old school, should be a quarter inch from surface. Probably cheaper to use the radiant barrier and easier. That's my take. Thanks for providing the space for my expression.
@ July 9, 2013 4:13 PM in Radiator under kitchen counterIf you don't want to buy $30 of the stuff from Lowes or HD, you can buy a solar shield for your dashboard at a car parts store. It is mylar with aluminum affixed to it. How stingy can you get?
@ May 25, 2013 9:11 PM in Plumbers putty or silicone?I'm assuming you are referring to using silicone to seal the sink to the counter and not the basket strainers?
Nope, I meant the whole thing. Good luck.
@ May 23, 2013 3:11 PM in Plumbers putty or silicone?I'm not a plumber but of the two sinks I tried the putty gave me leaks. Use Silicone and plenty of it. Good luck. It's not hard to remove, but takes time to cure.
@ May 16, 2013 3:58 PM in Rusty bolts on the tankless water heating blankIt might be I am a consumer who is the victim of an obnoxious plumber. I just want an opinion about an alternate cure for the loosening over time of the bolts. I have a separate water heater and then this boiler that can have a coil. I can't image a boiler with a blank as being wrong. It ran all season and I looked at it and see rust color on the bolts. The boiler isn't running as much now. I tightened the bolts. I bet the bolts are stainless. Can you tell me what a real gasket is and to what force the bolts should be tightened to avoid loosening of the bolts? Or is there really no answer?
@ May 16, 2013 2:14 PM in If it wasn't for bad luck.This happens all too often. You'd think copper pipe is from the US Mint! Ruthless crack or meth or whatever users. Boarding up a home doesn't help.
@ May 16, 2013 2:04 PM in Rusty bolts on the tankless water heating blankI had a boiler installed two years ago. It is a Peerless wbv-03 and has no water coil. A few bolts have some minor rust on them. I occassionally tighten the bolts to snug with 9/16" wrench. I haven't read the manual, but I bet it doesn't suggest using some sealant on the gasket and blank. What do you pros do? Do you put a torque wrench to the bolts? Thanks.
@ May 14, 2013 3:59 PM in Exporting natural gas looks like a Bad IdeaNo one can predict the future. Secondly, I don't know why some trust government involvement to produce equilibrium. It wasn't government that got us to this particular "problem" of abundant resources. That is, private markets solved the issue of unlocking the energy and made us who we are. One can say the taxed man wants his share of the pie. We as free people must also take government land and unlock reserves on our land as well.
@ April 16, 2013 2:40 PM in Flushing out boiler with inexpensive and easy toolWhen I had my boiler replaced, the plumber used a pump to drain the boiler faster.
@ April 10, 2013 3:38 PM in Red Line 0-30 PSI GaugeWell, I suppose there is no law that states you have to have a graduated gauge above 15 lbs. I guess above 15 lbs should never happen with a properly functioning release valve. But that is not the case according to accounts here. Why not have a gauge that records the highest reading that can be reset? Who watches the gauge 24 hours anyway?
@ April 4, 2013 1:28 PM in I've always found better musicians here!Remove the neck of the banjo and set it beneath the feet of a single-pipe steam radiator to gain the proper pitch required for a better performance. It might take more than one banjo lesson, but being in tune is most important for a satisfying experience.
I play guitar and trombone and tried ukulele and key board.
@ March 30, 2013 8:48 PM in US shale gas to heat British homes within five yearsOPINION: All of the savings you see today in your natural gas bill is because of fracking on private land. Your utility may not transfer the wholesale price savings to you because of state mandates or other controlling bodies. Gas is so plentiful producers are going after oil instead, until the wholesale price of natural gas again increases. That is, there is more profit in oil. Hard to imagine. Imagine what the market would be like if the feds opened our US federal land for production. Probably an even greater oversupply. Nothing the Obama administration has done is driving down the cost. Remember he plays a part as much as Iran does. Some of his base want to deny union jobs and industry - Keystone pipeline. I beg you bare with me here. I know I will lose some readers, because I diss Obama. He is human after all. I don't believe you should be frightened. Back in the 60's some scientist and then others promoted the idea of Peak Oil. That new sources of oil would decline, that man or woman, could not wait and needed to convert to wind, solar or nuclear or cold fusion immediately. Well, we're still waiting for Peak Oil. Right?! It didn't take government subsidies, which are required for solar and wind or things like mandated purchases, to get the price natural gas down. Remember mandated ethanol makes you get less gas mileage per gallon - it does support farmers and their political buddies. I think we also need to look at the historic price of fuel. How much more expensive is it today than 50 years ago? The demand for oil and gas is not going to decline anytime soon. Yet, only those countries and US states that deny exploration or have economic structures that stifle competition are suffering economic malaise. I believe there is plenty to be hopeful for in the coming days. Making sense with policy and believing in market "based" solutions. Yeah, gas and oil companies help you and me, but don't forget geopolitical stability.
@ March 10, 2013 5:24 PM in Pressuretrol problems?CDM
I left out an important point in my note above, which is the switch inside the Pressuretrol is not precisely mounted. Again, if you were to loosen the two screws that are used to fix the switch's position, you would likely find the switch can be moved up and down. In your case you could push the switch down and I bet you would obtain lower cutout pressure. Doing this will not stop short cycling. If I recall correctly, you have a large temperature swing of almost 5 degrees. Lastly, if you had only a 3 degree change, its possible you might not see the short cycling. Best of luck.
@ March 6, 2013 4:17 PM in Pressuretrol problems?Maybe a picture of the pressuretrol can help. My unit is an additive type. It has a Cut-In scale on the outside. It's set to 0.5 lbs on this scale. There is a wheel with numbers inside. The wheel is part of a switch that turns off the boiler when the pressure in the system pushes up the rocker upon the switch. The wheel has number 1 to 5 on it. That means 1-5 PSI cut-out. This not a precision instrument. The position of the switch was several fractions of an inch higher than it could be. Before for doing anything, be sure to turn off the power. I lowered the switch to obtain a better Cut-Out pressure. Again, the switch was positioned so high that the measurements shown on the scale and wheel meant nothing. I was getting cut-out at 4 lbs even with the wheel set to 1 psi and the Cut-In scale spring set at 0.5 lbs. I tried bending the Cut-In Scale indicator upward to obtain a lower Cut-in, but I think this matters less than the switch position. I made sure that cut-in screw was firmly attached to the spring on the other side of that rocker system. A picture?
I got rid of the large swings in the temperature. It's more comfortable and I don't see the pressure rising crazy like it did before. Adding main vents was key for me. I am saving fuel.
@ March 3, 2013 6:27 PM in Pressuretrol problems?How old is the pressuretrol? It sounds like it is operating, but not at the settings you want. I saw this type of action on my boiler after a large setback. That is, I wanted to go from 65 degrees to 69 in the morning. Is this what you are doing? I found like many others that pressuretrols are poorly constructed, but can be adjusted .... somewhat.
@ February 26, 2013 11:48 AM in Radiator refinishing...That's what I would do, if there is no one around to hurt their toes.