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Bob Bona

Bob Bona

Joined on September 20, 2007

Last Post on August 31, 2014

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@ August 31, 2014 8:30 AM in Oil to gas

To put the Sunnyday out to pasture, hang a mod con on the wall, use it's ODR feature and use an indirect water heater for DHW.

the chimney

@ August 31, 2014 8:24 AM in Oil to gas

Liner that will be needed with replacing that relic closes the gap in cost between stone age boiler and mod con. Advise the mod con all the way.

already

@ August 25, 2014 1:59 PM in Big Changes for Duct Testing in MA

Being enforced in CT the last 2 years. I think it's great and weeds out the hacks. Don't forget to add in the test fee to quotes. 50 percent more labor time easily.

I use the Fantech

@ May 24, 2014 12:24 AM in HRV UNIT

1504s a lot. I haven't had luck with ducting the fresh air to ducting in the supply...blow back into the hrv occurs. Instead, I tap it into the return at least 30" past the stale air intake back to the hrv. I use the dehum terminals to activate and use Honeywell Prestige stats to turn it on on a schedule based on the ASHRAE parameters loaded into the Prestige.

I would like to see better fan speed control. They can be a little noisy with hard ducting.

The simple explanation is that air passes over a hxer inside both incoming outside and exiting and the mix tempers the fresh air to building. You don't really want them on too much in humid times.

have a 110

@ May 4, 2014 11:32 AM in Triangle Tube Prestige Solo

In my own house. It is THE boiler to have all things considered IMO. be sure a structure heat loss is done and the installer follows the installation instructions to the letter.

over

@ April 15, 2014 8:32 PM in Better Business Bureau

The years I have been solicited. No thanks. I don't need some delusional person messing with my good name.

I have had

@ April 8, 2014 7:27 AM in Value of converting oil/steam to modcon gas?

0 problems with sidewall concentrics as in the flat plate style. Otherwise it's roof concentric or chimney as a chase for pp and intake on sidewall. But sidewall is first choice for access.

direct vent

@ April 7, 2014 8:53 PM in Value of converting oil/steam to modcon gas?

Appliance terms can be within 1 foot horizontally of a window or 7 feet from lot line is how I readthe Code.

pretty much the

@ April 6, 2014 1:03 PM in Value of converting oil/steam to modcon gas?

Same here in SW CT. We do a ton of gut remodels, additions, tear downs, house lifts...major stuff. That's when the steam goes, if it existed.

can you

@ April 2, 2014 4:08 PM in Weil McLain indirect hot water heater, short cycling?..

Post some pics of the piping on the side of the tank and hopefully the pump?

major remodel

@ April 2, 2014 8:18 AM in Value of converting oil/steam to modcon gas?

I would scrap the steam in a heartbeat. Ability to relocate mechanicals, eliminate the chimney, flexibility in zoning, space gained with removal of steam piping, environmental improvements with asbestos abatement, a wide range of equipment and heat emitter choices , the elimination of a open heating system that is constantly corroding and clogging return piping from within itself, the reduced babysitting of not having to maintain water levels manually, blow downs on a weekly basis or more...

Go for it.

a real winner

@ March 28, 2014 4:58 PM in Billing format

It is none of his business what your profit/markup/overhead is. He was sold a water heater installation for x amount and that is it. He agreed to pay for that service.

Why is it any different for buying anything else? A car? Etc.

"I am sorry Mr. ....but my invoice amount is for my services rendered and material needed to complete the job. I do not seperate line items. There is no benefit. Thank you."

a real winner

@ March 28, 2014 4:56 PM in Billing format

It is none of his business what your profit/markup/overhead is. He was sold a water heater installation for x amount and that is it. He agreed to pay for that service.

Why is it any different for buying anything else? A car? Etc.

"I am sorry Mr. ....but my invoice amount is for my services rendered and material needed to complete the job. I do not seperate line items. There is no benefit. Thank you."

have it on

@ March 26, 2014 10:28 PM in My first ALPHA pump

Good authority that the Bee version 2 will be out this summer. Green and black. Buzzing noise has been addressed.

I second

@ February 25, 2014 10:13 PM in Has anyone ever heard of this?

What Gordy and HR said. I too cannot imagine that extreme a dimension with TGs unless the things were underwater maybe before installation...

hard

@ February 19, 2014 3:51 PM in 007 cap

To imagine one trip to diagnose, time spent here asking around, a trip to track down a cap, a trip back to install is less than swapping out the pump or at least the cartridge on the first trip and done. Time is money...

agreed

@ February 19, 2014 3:45 PM in atmospheric boiler for coach house?

By the time you build a room, fire door, chimney etc you have made up the diff and gained much more with a mod con. Reliability is a non issue. Pretending I didnt see the pricing I will say the atomospheric option is way low. I can't even see the B vent work in that. Might be worth a look at a combi modcon like Triangle Excellence or Laars and dump the electric dwh?

it should

@ February 18, 2014 7:37 PM in How to get a oil burner installers lisence NYC

Be reciprocal. But it's not. Ludricous and smells really bad. White plains requires not only a westchester license but also a White Plains special ticket. Even more insane considering 15 years ago NO heating license was needed in NY and all the close CT oil co's sent thier apprentices over to work unmolested. And it showed.

perfect

@ February 18, 2014 6:38 PM in atmospheric boiler for coach house?

Response from Lima. The extra cost on the modcon is a wash when you factor in the cost of a chimney.

"just need

@ February 18, 2014 6:12 PM in how prevalent is this?

A certain amount of experience and a written exam to be a plumber"

wow. Just....wow..

I'm a big

@ February 18, 2014 7:43 AM in how prevalent is this?

Fan of cradle to grave thinking so after the sketches of various simple operations, I will have an addendum of simple embalming or cremation procedures for all to share.



......Wait...:)

stupid me

@ February 17, 2014 8:42 PM in how prevalent is this?

I used to get my gall bladder out at hospitals but after seeing all the scary instruments and hoses I am self performing any future surguries and will sketch out some diagrams so my friends and neighbors can get in on this cost saving alternative. I mean really. How hard is it?

Nice job MM insulting the trade.
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