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Last Post on April 26, 2013

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Slant Fin then Wright

@ April 26, 2013 10:49 PM in Heat Loss Software Preference

For a good long while I always used Slant Fin's Heatloss explorer, then I just figured about 1/2-2/3 the load for cooling.  Then this year I purchased Wrightsoft as one of my wholesaler's will reimburse me on 50% of the cost.  It took twice as long to do a heating and cooling load. But it will do a lot more design work on the Scorched Air side, with take offs. It made estimating take about the same amount of time the first time through.  Next time should be much faster.


@ April 26, 2013 10:27 PM in brass nipple

We have a couple of those on our shelf at the office.  They are called Marvel threads around these parts

use it a lot

@ January 24, 2013 11:24 PM in MEGALOCK FAIL!!

The company I work for uses Megalock almost exclusively, we do use the blue monster tape on a few things, but as Jstar said,  the dope needs to be stirred as it separates easily when it sits for a little while.


@ January 24, 2013 11:21 PM in MEGALOCK FAIL!!

less than 3 years ago my municipality REQUIRED gas tests at 40 PSI, they have backed it down to 20 for now.

little more

@ January 24, 2013 10:37 PM in Monitor MZ25C Circulation Question

There is a little more to it than that, but I can post some pictures of the exact location on mine if you need them.


Any Trips to KC soon?

@ January 15, 2013 8:47 PM in old inventory, Radiant t-stats

I am interested

Price? Pics?

@ December 16, 2012 11:06 PM in Taco X-pump block for sale

Any idea what you were looking for as price goes? and some pictures to confirm you haven't driven over it would be handy.


@ December 9, 2012 1:17 AM in O2 PEX for plumbing ?

I think Vanguard (now Viega) had an Pex-Al-Pe option that was rated for Potable, and had the exact same dimensions, you were just supposed to use special compression fittings or "pollyaloy" crimp fittings not brass crimp fittings.  Never used it for potable, but we did use a bit of it for in slab radiant jobs as it was compatible with regular 5/8 OD hangars manifolds and whatnot and layed down really easy.

Either way it was discontinued once Viega bought them and I have about 100' of orphaned pipe hanging around in a coil in my shop.

Not to contradict ME, as he I respect opinion greatly.  But as he said if its not rated for it you should not use it for it, if you do its your problem not theirs.  Also if its ever been used in a CLOSED system DO NOT use it for potable water, no matter what kind of pipe it is.


nope. G300

@ December 3, 2012 10:07 PM in Hb smith

I just worked on one a little smaller than this about a week ago.  If you are in no hurry and haven't gotten the info by then I will snap a picture of the rating plate on the side of the one I worked on as it lists all the sizes and their ratings.


@ November 29, 2012 12:26 AM in Tips to repair Car Air Conditioners

I work part time at Auto Zone and am an ASE certified parts specialist.  I ALWAYS recommend that anyone that is not familiar with automotive A/C systems take it to a shop to repair the system properly.  You really should think twice before you post some thing.


@ September 15, 2007 11:22 PM in Ever see a L&R 90?

once a couple years ago, skeered me to death, we were "loosening" the nipple into it and it wasn't getting looser, so I took a closer look at the threads, and quickly reversed the wrench.

Helped my brother

@ February 4, 2007 11:46 PM in warm floor possible??

We pulled a couple of those out last year and saved one. My brother put new grates in it and is re-installing it for a wood burner now. The newest casting date on a section says some time the end of 1905. I'll post some pics when its running K


@ December 27, 2006 12:27 AM in Munchkin Exhaust PVC problem - please help

Does the 4" have any fittings? If the answer is no and you can see through them then I would just slide the 3" thought them and cut holes for the couplings as necessary. Would be my choice. On a side note, I would never use piping installed by others if I could not inspect it before it was covered, to be sure the joints were glued properly. This installer is really still in for a great big liability if the plumber didn't use the correct fittings or pitch and the boiler fails. Good Luck K


@ December 27, 2006 12:18 AM in Copper lamp for Christmas

Looks better then any of those crappy designer lamps. sad thing is if you bought all those parts it probably would cost just as much with the price of copper. K

how about some steel

@ December 2, 2006 10:11 PM in buffer tanks

Wouldn't a steel nipple "heal" if there was a small enough leak that you missed it on your first check. Just another thought.

I Would say most not all

@ December 2, 2006 10:07 PM in Pex fittings

Viega/Vanguard says their plastic crimp-sert fittings are acceptable on Pex-Al-Pex. I would sujest finding Zurn Fittings as they made the pipe, and if their fittings don't work with their pipe its their fault. K

00 circs

@ November 22, 2006 7:35 PM in Saving old circs for spares not possible since they dry out?

its not just drying out, if they are iron pumps the bearings in the cartridge may rust, I have had a couple do that, I removed the cart pulled off the impeller, gripped the shaft and got it spinning smoothly again. no problems after that K

Very dense?

@ November 12, 2006 4:50 PM in staple up to advantak

That stuff is like tan colored fibrous concrete. It weighs a ton, eats up saws and drill bits. But if I was to build a new home its the product I would demand. I've seen it, and they are not kidding about water proof. K


@ November 12, 2006 4:32 PM in can anyone spare 9 in. of 1-1/4 copper pipe?

Doesn't even like small customers with an account, they have bought a few of the older local supply houses here in KC, and I refuse to purchase from them.. K


@ November 11, 2006 10:23 PM in peel & stick, scratch & sniff, copper radiant (hr)

I bet that stuff is cheap. Other than that great idea. K

Heat pump over resistant heat Yes

@ November 4, 2006 6:44 PM in Converting from ceiling heat to Heat Pump?

But I do not really like Scorched air. If you go scorched Heat pump two stage unit with resistant backup and a variable speed blower. That will be the most comfortable you can be with Scorched air. It should be money in the bank in just a few years to use a Heat Pump. K

depends on who you tell

@ November 4, 2006 6:38 PM in You can pay me now or you can pay me NOW

If you tell the wrong guy you could end up out more money for defamation of character. How fair is that? K
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