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Last Post on October 28, 2011

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The Taco 009.....

@ October 28, 2011 10:35 PM in Snow melt question

is just to get water through the HX of the water heater due to it's excessive pressure drop.  What size pump circulates the water through the snow melt?  If that is the only pump, it won't work. You will need, conservatively, 100,000 BTUH to melt snow in any kind of hurry.  Pavers are on the concrete?  Are they glued down or in a sand/stone dust bed?

I just heard today.....

@ September 28, 2011 7:29 PM in The RPA has gone

...that the RPA is gone.  I spoke with Wheels last week and he hasn't heard a thing. 

Congratulations, my friend!

@ August 12, 2011 2:05 PM in Ch ch ch, CHANGES!

It seems like yesterday that mine were that little, Cosmo.  They are now almost 17 & 15.  It's weird, but being up with both mine during the night was the absolute best bonding you can imagine.  In a few years, after you get some sleep, you will treasure those nights in the rocking chair holding him.

It's what makes us dads instead of fathers.

And Now, For Something Completely Different.........

@ August 5, 2011 7:13 PM in And Now, For Something Completely Different.........

It's been a little while since I've been here, but I thought this would get to quite a few of my old friends, by posting here.

After almost 20 years of radiant floor heating in my own business, I have accapted a position with Viega North America. I am the Radiant Sales Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region. This includes PA, NJ, DE, MD and Washington DC. If you are offering Viega, I am your direct connection to the company. If you aren't offering Viega products, why not? Contact me and give us a try!

My deepest thanks goes out to Dan H., who has been an immense help to me over the last 2 decades. Without his help through this site, and his desire to share, this opportunity I have would have never happened! Thank YOU, Dan.


Viessmann H300 is the finest......

@ May 1, 2011 9:12 AM in Horizontal indrect hwh

...... but Crown offers a reasonably priced stainless steel tank.  I have a few installed and have good luck with them.

720 lbs. or......

@ April 21, 2011 3:42 PM in Guess the Weight

....11,520 oz.  Whichever is closer.........

What Part......

@ April 20, 2011 9:33 AM in pre-filter on the oil supply line?

....of Pennsylvania?

Underground Or Basement Tank?

@ April 17, 2011 1:21 PM in pre-filter on the oil supply line?

If it is an underground tank, install a "Tiger Loop" that eliminates the return line to the tank.  If it's a basement tank, you could move the fuel line, so it comes out of the top of the tank and doesn't go more than 2"-3" from the bottom. Use the small general filter as your "pre-filter" than add the Gar-Ber 10 micron between it and the burner.  That's about as good as it gets. 

Have you checked.....

@ April 17, 2011 1:12 PM in flustered with weil mclain uo-3 and riello f5 burner

..... vacuum and pressure readings once the unit starts acting up?  Put your Riello pressure and vacuum gauges on the fuel unit and see what the readings are.  Without doing those two things, you're in the dark.

It Depends......

@ April 17, 2011 12:30 PM in Gas piping

In my area I always use .5" as my number because we have lots of old lines where the utility may only promise 4.5" at the gas valve.  But, if you are in an area where you're sure you can get 7" consistently, why not size for 1" or even 1.5" of drop.  Much smaller piping in some cases.  That's why the IFGC has multiple drops listed in the tables.

This is very simple......

@ April 14, 2011 8:07 AM in reluctant contractor, or scam artist?

someone needs to do a room by room heat loss and measure the amount of radiation in each room.  You will then know what water temperatures are required. 

 So. you haven't actually tried to heat the house with the new boiler?

How does the inspector know it won't heat the house?  Did he do the calculations?

It's basically.......

@ April 11, 2011 9:15 AM in On the Vitodens 200-W, WB2B

.....the same as the original Vitodens, Chris.  Minimum 5 microamps to keep from locking out.  

Viessmann Guy / Harrisburg, PA

@ April 1, 2011 5:39 PM in Viessmann Guy / Harrisburg, PA

If you are, please contact me.  Vitodens with an issue and the owner lives here. 

Your last line........

@ March 27, 2011 1:30 PM in question for heating professionals

...says it all, Chris. 


@ March 25, 2011 3:50 PM in Recourse for bad/illegal boiler install....

It's been years.....

@ March 13, 2011 10:53 AM in Another Buderus vs Viessmann Debate

....since i last visited NAOHSM.  Where and when is it this year, Robert?  Would love to see that boiler in person.

All I can tell you....

@ March 12, 2011 12:54 PM in Another Buderus vs Viessmann Debate if we could ever get the Vitoladens 300 or Vitocrossal 300 on this of the pond, it would be bye-bye to all of these little, high pressure drop, flow sensitive, P.O.S.  condensing boilers. 
But, I also believe Santa Claus is real.

First visit is always free.......

@ March 6, 2011 11:25 AM in BIG MISTAKE-Fee's for estimates

The only way I can get a perspective client to hire me is to visit with them about their project.  They have to get to know me and what it is I can do for them.  On the initial phone call, I try to set up a (no charge) visit and do let them know that if we get to the point where they are interested in me, there will be monies needed for actual design service.

Sure, there is my time involved for my visit, which I will not be compensated for, but it's all part of the process.  The advantage to this is while they are sizing me up, I am doing the exact same thing to them.  From that point on, my little voice takes over.  :-)  I shop for clients just like people shop for contractors.

So, I'm hearing......

@ March 6, 2011 11:14 AM in Jury Rules That CSST is a Defective Product

....that anyone who chooses to use this product, is contributing to the lack of skills we face?  All the piping changes or advancements over the years, like, PEX, PVC, ProPress and even copper, instead of iron pipe, have dumbed us down?

I agree there is a vast shortage of skill shown on some projects these days, but I certainly don't blame the products.  More, it's the integrity of the individual that is the overwhelming issue we face.  And that, you can't police.

This will be an ongoing issue......

@ February 27, 2011 12:02 PM in My burner has no expansion tank?

.......because there is no tank fitting.  Nothing to keep the air in the tank.

What are the combustion.....

@ February 27, 2011 11:39 AM in Changed from Del .85/80B to Hago 1.10/80B, now gets small puffback at startup

...readings now, compared to the Delavan?

Why on earth......

@ February 27, 2011 10:54 AM in Hot Air Furnace - Fan and Limit Controller - can't adjust high limit

....would you want to raise the house 10 degrees?  Setbacks of more than 2-3 degrees in an old drafty house is certainly not going to save any money at all.  Set it and forget it.  A system that has been designed correctly, recovery should take forever, if it all, when it gets to design temperatures outside.
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