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Last Post on August 13, 2011

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@ August 13, 2011 1:38 PM in Oil Safety Valve Install

Are you attempting this to comply with the recent Massachusetts law?


@ August 6, 2011 5:04 PM in NORA's 6% problem

Education makes sense.  In Mass where we are required to be licensed we have to be trained and pass a licensing test.  In my case I feel there are other things to study to make myself valuable as opposed to Bronze, Silver, and Gold.  In unlicensed states it would make more sense.  I still feel they need better marketing.  If congress is in fact looking at the value of it then everyone who is in support should bombard their local elected people.  We all know given the present financial state congress should be looking at everything from top to bottom.


I agree

@ August 6, 2011 4:34 PM in NORA's 6% problem


I see your point on the arguments.  I often say if debate goes to fighting just don't post so the thread can die a natural death.  I do feel this topic would make for a good debate but I honestly feel few people are aware of NORA.  I have always kept up with industry topics but this is one seldom mentioned.   That begs the question, are they as involved as they should be or are they mismanaged.  How many great products have come to the market only to die a slow death due to mismanagement, poor marketing, or both.



@ August 6, 2011 2:32 PM in hs tarm

I'm sorry I don't remember what they have for a chamber but your friend would be better served replacing it if only burning oil.  It seems their engineering concentrates on the solid fuel side.  I work on a few of these but have never cared for them.  Sadly most are used strictly with oil because they are on subsequent homeowners with no idea how to run them.  There is never literature left behind or found online.



@ August 6, 2011 2:23 PM in NORA's 6% problem

Given the participation in this thread I have to question the validity of NORA.  As I just read it now with over 40 posts it is just a small minority posting.  So if NORA is so good or bad why are there not people fired up on either side of the argument.  After 15 years working for oil companies as a tech with all the customer interaction I have, I have not been asked once if I am Silver or Gold certified or who or what NORA is.  I have also found the ads to be extremely lame.  Why is it at 58 years old I can remember the "sleeping baby" and the "you their safe you know you save with oil heat" but I can't remember the last pathetic NORA ad.  There just might be a slim chance NORA has become a low performing money pit like many of the other government funded things.  I have expressed an opinion here, don't want nor will I participate in a debate.  I will say whether NORA stays or leaves I truly feel it will have no effect on me either way.


A Pig with a Dress

@ April 7, 2010 10:22 PM in oil to gas conversion

Those boilers are bullet proof but they are fuel guzzlers be it oil or gas.  To swap to gas to save money is no comparison with oil given this boiler.  You can change the burner and tune it to perfection but you still have a pig, you have just changed it to a pig with a dress.  I am biased because I am an oil tech but again even swapping this boiler to gas still won't be the ultimate savings.  If the budget allows swapping both the boiler and burner no matter what the fuel is the best way to go.

Hold On

@ April 7, 2010 7:18 PM in soot vacuums

Before you get insulted you said, "I'm told these vacuums have double filters so it will not blow soot all over the customers basement."  As I read it it looks like you haven't used one of these.  I'm sure others got the same impression. The intention wasn't to insult you just try to educate you.



@ January 30, 2010 11:27 AM in Haunted oil burner

If it isn't a PSC motor do an ohms check.  Another thing is there a General filter?  They can clog go into a vacuum and lock out.  Once it is realized hit the reset and it fires till the next time.  Change the filter if it has been a while if not do a vacuum test.


Three Stooges

@ January 30, 2010 11:22 AM in A Very Complicated Install

Remember Curly in the bath tub.

Could Be

@ December 29, 2009 7:17 AM in boiler rust

Not fully understanding your question it could be one of two things.  If rust inside the boiler the boiler is leaking.  If rust all over the roof is there a metal chimney?  The was one brand metal chimney (name escapes me) that was known to rust and stain the roof.


Our Love

@ December 2, 2009 7:57 PM in Mothers are wonderful

Maribeth and I send our love.

Hold on

@ December 2, 2009 7:54 PM in burner settings

Are they Traco or Trianco? Never heard of Traco, Trianco is a contractor grade boiler often found in condos.  Not high on the efficiency ratings.
Are they running the specified nozzles?
Are your stack temps gross or net?
H B Smith Series 8 specifies a draft regulater is not needed unless draft is excessive.  Generally they have little if any over fire draft.


First what's wrong

@ November 13, 2009 7:41 PM in Expansion Tank #7 in 4 years

Is the tank developing water leaks or it is failing and allowing the system to go over pressure?


In our thoughts

@ November 12, 2009 10:11 PM in thoughts and prayers


You and your mother are in my and Maribeth's thoughts.



@ October 27, 2009 7:19 PM in boiler won't reset

Every time I have responded to a call where the homeowner figured out how to reset the control it created a bigger more expensive mess.  Thanks for posting it.



@ October 24, 2009 1:33 PM in Price Estimate

You need to solicit a few bids.  Ask the hourly rate, the estimated time to do the job, and what is included.  New piping, valves, vacumn breaker, etc.  Removal of the old tank, working conditions.  Know what you will be getting for the price.  What looks so quick to you may or may not be so quick.

I made it

@ August 12, 2009 8:11 PM in Welcome!

I made it in.  Now I just have to get used to it.  :)


4x4 sheetrock

@ August 2, 2009 10:25 AM in Stayed with oil heat ( Ron Jr. )

We have what I think is a strict code in Mass but if the boiler or furnace has an AFUE tag it doesn't need the sheetrock. If we are retrofitting a new burner into an old clunker not rated it needs either the sheetrock or a sprinkler head over the unit. Ron I do not see a thermal switch on the ceiling above your boiler (mandatory here). Is it not mandatory there or are my old eyes not seeing it? Your speed always impresses me, do you ever have any that go over a day? Leo

Being a Tune Up Guy

@ July 31, 2009 8:05 PM in Stayed with oil heat ( Ron Jr. )

Ron, Being a tune up guy I always look for ease of service. Is there enough space between the boiler and indirect to open the clean outs? Leo

Doesn't sound good.

@ July 30, 2009 8:29 PM in HW Boiler replacement

It doesn't sound like you are happy with this guy, based on that why do business with him. Find someone you are comfortable with. In my opinion someone who will be around to service it. I too prefer oil since I work on it every day but like someone else said go with what makes you comfortable. Leo

Why waste your time

@ July 26, 2009 5:05 PM in Stewart Warner Winkler Oil Boiler Burner Replacement

Why waste your time putting a new burner in an old beast? Wait till replacement and get a properly matched boiler/burner. In the meantime fix the Carlin. Put your oil burner skills to work. Leo


@ July 26, 2009 9:52 AM in Problem with Carlin oil primary 60200-02

If you reset the control from a hard lockout or homeowner lockout, the lights should blink back and forth then fire the unit. If not time for a new control. I don't work with Carlin controls enough to know the numbers but I do know that the control that has RevB was part of a bad run. If you have one of these replace it. Leo
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