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@ March 16, 2008 9:31 AM in UK PLMG HEATNG PIXi hope someone of you may be interested in seeing recently shot pictures of some english hydronic towel rails and old and new plumbing fixtures.in my mother in laws house [parts of which are 500 years old] the soil stacks are outside the building walls. public toilets are stainless steel. these may take a while to load--nbc
@ March 16, 2008 9:29 AM in UK PLMG HEATNG PIXi hope someone of you may be interested in seeing recently shot pictures of some english hydronic towel rails and old and new plumbing fixtures.in my mother in laws house [parts of which are 500 years old] the soil stacks are outside the building walls. public toilets are stainless steel. these may take a while to load--nbc
@ March 16, 2008 9:27 AM in UK PLMG HEATNG PIXi hope someone of you may be interested in seeing recently shot pictures of some english hydronic towel rails and old and new plumbing fixtures.in my mother in laws house [parts of which are 500 years old] the soil stacks are outside the building walls. public toilets are stainless steel. these may take a while to load--nbc
@ March 16, 2008 7:50 AM in Steam readiator control?i had this on my old boiler.when replaced with new boiler ----and pressure down where it should have been 12oz--and all new main vents no local over heated rads.the dead men sized their rads perfectly!!--nbc
@ March 15, 2008 8:01 PM in Steam readiator control?brad white, are these ever used in a two-pipe, air vent system? or is the 1-A dole air valve good enough?? mike m.
@ March 13, 2008 10:52 AM in Can this be rightdouble check all connected loads and their sizes
@ March 12, 2008 5:18 PM in Chimney vs. Power VentHad the same problem with the old boiler running so cool that the condensate ate out the mortar in an unlined chimney. Went with a modcon boiler that sends the vented gases up the PVC pipe that we put in chimney and gets its air from a PVC pipe that comes down the chimney. The use of SS to line the chimney would have cost me almost what the new boiler cost (>$16/ft + install). The pros are confusing you by too many suggestions. Look at the new hi-eff boilers and the simple ways to vent them.
@ March 12, 2008 5:15 PM in If you like bluegrassYou might want to listen to these Grand Ole Opry's. < http://www.wsmonline.com/onair/archives.shtml > scroll down and pick a night. Seems Friday nights may have the older performers.
@ March 9, 2008 1:13 PM in Steam guys !But if the baseboard zone is too large the boiler will continue to heat the steam zone with unwanted heat trying to heat the baseboard loop!The same way unwanted heated is emitted when a tankless coil is overdrawn from on a regular steamer. If the Rads and edr in the house is (round #'s) 300 square and the boiler is 325 square feet. If your loop is too large you will overheat the house with the baseboard loop trying to satisfy it own thermostat!!
@ March 9, 2008 12:56 PM in Steam guys !Well he did answer your question! Assuming the edr of 3.41 per foot is correct.It is up to you with the rating plate in front of you to size for the additonal load you want to connect to.What is the square foot rating of the boiler?How much baseboard do you plan to run?10 feet=34.1 square? 20 feet 68.2? And so on.Can your boiler handle the additional load.
@ March 4, 2008 8:22 PM in slantfin resultskpc, thank you for your info. After understanding what connected load means, I measured all my rad's. I have 16 rad's at different heights and sections, along with 8 baseboard heaters, in which I made a calculated guess on. When I added it all together, I came up with 265k sq. ft. My slant/fin heat loss was 194K BTU loss per hour. My boiler is 500K. One other note, if I use a set-back on my T-stat, say going from 62 to 68, this is what happens: Around 66, all my rads are hot, all the way across, even my baseboard heaters that some are 22 feet in length, in which all the data I have read about, says about a nine foot rule, for baseboard heaters. When the system is full of steam heat, and the traps (almost all replaced) have not opened yet to let the condensate return, the burner shuts off. I sat down by the boiler, drinking a few beers to watch this and take notes. It was evident to me, that the when my preesure hit 1.5 lbs. the burner shut down. Less than 60 seconds later, the burner came back on again, when the pressure dropped to about 1.2 lbs. This condition will continue, until my 68 T-sata is satisfied. I now have programmed my T-stat to never increase more than 3 degrees at a time. My water level never shuts down my burner, only the pressure control. I'm highly confident, that my boiler is oversized, especially for the fact this house has a coal shoot, and the pulley's are still above my boiler. I'm guessing when the original coal boiler was replaced, they put another big one in its place. Again, thanks for your help.
@ March 3, 2008 8:25 PM in slantfin resultsSorry, I have no clue what you are asking
@ March 3, 2008 7:15 PM in slantfin resultsI completed a heat calculation loss, using the slantfin software. I included my basement, attic and garage,as my garage is heated, along with my two main living floors. I have a Mouat two-pipe steam system, 500K BTU boiler. My results were 194K BTU loss per hour. (4200 sq. ft home)I'm confident my data was correct, but was unsure about whether my all bick home is 4" or 8", but nevetheless, does not make a whole lot of significant difference, for my question. I appoligize for sounding stupid, but it sure looks to me that my boiler is oversized, and most likely the reason I have been having $900 plus gas bills the last three months. Now comes my question: Is there anything within reason, I could have done, to fix this issue, without replacing the boiler? Thanks in advance.
@ March 1, 2008 11:56 PM in What is the venting rate for Gordon #1 and #2?vent too very often! To Learn More About This Professional, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Professional"
@ February 28, 2008 2:40 PM in can anyone reccomend a steam prof. in th lunenburg, Ma. areaSome of these things can be worked out without too much trouble by lurking here on the wall, and posting a well phrased question or two... To answer your question, I have had pretty good luck with Peoples Fuel out of Gardner. They installed a new MegaSteamer for me this past fall and did a nice job. If you have read Dan's books and have an understanding of some of the basics you will do better with interviewing contractors to find a competent pro.
@ February 27, 2008 10:22 PM in EDR for radiatorhow about showing some pix of your rad?--nbc
@ February 26, 2008 7:28 PM in pet peeves in pipinga lot of people have been beating the same dead horses over and over again --why i hate..X what i really hate.. to see in the airport mens room lots of high quality and high cost plumbing fixtures all marked with wrench marks on the chrome plated flats.haven't these people heard of the crescent wrench whose flat jaws marketh not? any other pet peeves??nbc
@ February 26, 2008 12:56 PM in basic boiler questionsfor installing condensing boiler than just the extra possible efficiency. When I had to take out my 100 year old converted boiler because it was damaging my chimney, I chose the condensing type as I could use the old chimney for PVC flue and vent and stop the damage to the mortar. Not a very compelling reason for many, but one that should be broached to your clients with old houses or bad chimneys.