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Durachka

Durachka

Joined on March 25, 2013

Last Post on May 28, 2013

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hoorah for John from Gateway Plumbing!

@ May 28, 2013 3:47 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

Hello all!  I apologize for not getting back sooner.  Between work, my mother’s cancer, and construction it’s been difficult for me to get online.  I’d like to first say thank you to all the posters who have replied to my post: nicholas bonham-carter, Steamhead, heatpro02920, Dave H, knotgrumpy, tim smith, russiand, RobG, and John Mills.  A special thank you to Charlie from wmass who called me and recommended JohnNY. 

JohnNY got back to me very quickly and decided to help me despite my home being outside his usual area.  He arrived promptly and not even an hour passed before he got the heat to work upstairs!  I was amazed.  He switched my pumps around (perhaps he can fill you out on the details).  He told me my installation wasn’t great but being that everything was working, I decided to leave it as is.  One of the radiators is still not working but I’m going to get someone local to fix it as it isn’t that big of a job.   The heat is finally working and I couldn’t be happier after many puzzling months. 

John—THANK YOU!  I will recommend Gateway Plumbing to all my Manhattan friends for any heating trouble they might have.  He’s a lifesaver and went well out of his way to help me without even charging me.  

=(

@ April 20, 2013 9:36 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

Please forgive me for sounding angry.  I'm just tired of every plumber and "expert" coming to my home and telling me they don't know what to do.  Joining this forum has given me more insight than any of these NY "experts."

I'm not even looking for someone cheap--I know you get what you pay for and even this won't persuade someone to do the job right.

Winter

@ April 17, 2013 4:13 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

I do NOT want to wait until winter to worry about this problem.  I want to have the heat working now so I don't worry about being cold when the time comes.

I live in NYC and cannot find a single good plumber or boiler expert.  Everyone on this forum has been SO helpful except I don't understand how to do ANYTHING because this isn't my field!

I'm starting to think the only solution I have is to move out.

Tired.

@ April 17, 2013 2:40 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

Nope.

 I found a "boiler expert" who took a look around and told me there shouldn't be any issues with the boiler.  He told me he needs to take down the walls to reveal the piping below the rooms that aren't receiving heat.  I agreed and he's on vacation now.  He said there's a single switch that needs to be on and that'll make it work, but cannot find it unless the walls come down.

This is getting really frustrating and I'm surprised at the lack of knowledge on such an issue from the "experts" that have been coming to my home.

commercial only?

@ March 29, 2013 7:19 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

tim smith, thank you!

do you have a number for Matt Sweeney?  It looks like he only does commercial plumbing, but I'd like to give him a call on his personal phone and see if he'd like the job.

Helpful

@ March 28, 2013 9:50 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

If only I had someone to give these suggestions to. Is anyone here from the northeast area that would like a job in NY ? :D

um

@ March 27, 2013 7:40 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

Yes, that's why I'm here...to figure out what I need to do.

check valves

@ March 27, 2013 7:30 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

what do check valves look like?  can you link me to a picture because I've no idea if it there or not

replace

@ March 27, 2013 6:23 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

would it just be better if I installed another green one to replace the black one?

...

@ March 27, 2013 1:32 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

=(

can't find the flow direction

@ March 27, 2013 1:27 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

I don't see anything that indicates a flow direction.  This is what the back of the pump looks like.  Am I looking in the wrong place?

pump it up

@ March 27, 2013 12:46 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

It looks like the black pump goes up into the ceiling, so
I'm guessing it serves upstairs. If there is a reversal in the piping or an air
pocket, why haven't any of the plumbers suggested that?   I think the gate valves are open all the way
because if closed, the heating downstairs would have stopped too. 




tim smith: How would I find out what the size of the system
is?  The last plumber suggested a bigger
pump, but said he couldn't' guarantee that would fix the problem.

Unfortunately

@ March 27, 2013 10:27 AM in Sandy still haunts my home!

I don't have ANY pictures of the old boiler.  If I knew I'd be encountering this problem, I would have taken a ton.

The pump is new.  =(

other pump?

@ March 26, 2013 9:28 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

I'm not sure I understand.  Isn't there only one pump?  The house is split level. From top to bottom:



Attic

Bedroom floor

Living room/kitchen

Family room/garage

Basement

I have two thermostats, one that serves the bottom two levels and another that serves the upper levels.

split level

@ March 26, 2013 8:34 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

Thank you for your reply!  The house is a split level house:

From top to bottom:

Attic
Bedroom floor
Living room/kitchen
Family room/garage
Basement

Please continue to read the story here! http://www.heatinghelp.com/forum-thread/145832/Sandy-still-haunts-my-home




pressure gauge

@ March 26, 2013 8:31 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

Here's where the pressure gauge is at.

The 2nd to last plumber told me the pressure needs to be between 20-30 after the radiators are bled and water is "put into the system.'  He told me every time I bleed out a radiator, I need to go and release this valve to put water in until the meter is between 20-30.

Is there a chance the pressure should be higher? The last time I bled out one of the radiators, the water was pumping out strong and was hot.  But still no heat.

And yes, that last picture in the previous post was of venturi tees.

Sandy hates me.

@ March 25, 2013 11:32 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

Thank you for the reply!

Here are some photos:

Sandy still haunts my home!

@ March 25, 2013 11:31 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

Hello all! I'm new to this forum and would like to introduce myself. I am a Hurricane Sandy survivor and rebuilding my home everyday!

The first two levels of my home were flooded. At first, I had my boiler fixed and my water heater replaced. The heating (single pipe system)was working perfectly fine in all rooms of the house (I have radiators in each room). Later, many plumbers told me I needed to replace my boiler being it was under salt water and will give problems in the future. So, now I have a brand new boiler. The problem, is that the rooms on the very top floor have no heat. The radiators get warm but never get really hot.  The people who replaced the boiler couldn't understand why the heat upstairs stopped working and took no responsibility for it. I've had plumbers come in and bleed them out, adjust the pressure, put water in the system and nothing works.The last plumber that came in has recommended that the pressure pump be replaced with a stronger one, but could not guarantee that would fix the problem.

Any ideas on what could be the problem?

Sandy still haunts my home!

@ March 25, 2013 10:07 PM in Sandy still haunts my home!

Hello all! I'm new to this forum and would like
to introduce myself. I am a Hurricane Sandy survivor and rebuilding my
home everyday!





The first two levels of my home were flooded. At first, I had my boiler
fixed and my water heater replaced. The heating (single pipe system)
was working perfectly fine in all rooms of the house (I have radiators
in each room). Later, many plumbers told me I needed to replace my
boiler being it was under salt water and will give problems in the
future. So, now I have a brand new boiler. The problem, is that the
rooms on the very top floor have no heat. The radiators get warm but never get really hot.  The people who replaced the
boiler couldn't understand why the heat upstairs stopped working and
took no responsibility for it. I've had plumbers come in and bleed them
out, adjust the pressure, put water in the system and nothing works.
The last plumber that came in has recommended that the pressure pump be
replaced with a stronger one, but could not guarantee that would fix the
problem.





Any ideas on what could be the problem?