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Someone from Caleffi called me yesterday

@ July 2, 2014 1:04 PM in caleffi dirt seperator

I think they think I'm johnny88.

Not so.

I have no issue and have had nothing but positive experiences with Caleffi.

Carry on.

John(NY) Cataneo
Gateway P & H

Thanks, guys

@ May 15, 2014 2:50 PM in 3-wire Nest to WM EG boiler?

This is one of those things I just haven't dealt with much.

3-wire Nest to WM EG boiler?

@ May 14, 2014 6:38 AM in 3-wire Nest to WM EG boiler?

I tried posting in Controls but got crickets.

Can anyone help me out with a wiring diagram or written description for 3-wire thermostat to an EG boiler?

Many thanks,

3-wire, Nest, Heat only help, please.

@ May 13, 2014 7:34 AM in 3-wire, Nest, Heat only help, please.

Does anyone have a wiring diagram for a 3-wire heat only Nest application to a Weil-McLain EG boiler?

Many thanks in advance for any assistance you may give.


Are you sure you're not overthinking this?

@ May 4, 2014 11:20 AM in Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Alarm Interlock

If the boiler room fills with CO gas, the alarm sounds and the boiler or whatever else is interlocked in the circuit will be de-energized.

Sure, the presence of high CO levels could be traced to something else, but chances are pretty good the boiler's the source.

Most larger renovations I do now include a central alarm system that kills power to the mechanical equipment and alerts a monitoring service based on information read all over the building and not just the boiler room. This is just a smaller scale safety measure.

I agree with you, Bob, and Tim, of course, but if you did nothing based on the existence of "what ifs" then nothing would ever get done.


Happy Sunday.

Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Alarm Interlock

@ May 3, 2014 9:23 AM in Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Alarm Interlock

This is code now in NYC. All boilers must be installed with a CO alarm interlock.


@ April 28, 2014 3:28 PM in Please take this survey



@ April 12, 2014 8:18 AM in Radiator air vent preference?

Thank you all very much.

I'll check this stuff out today. I don't know how those videos have gotten past me this long.

I'm told the Gortons use a bi-metal...

@ April 11, 2014 4:37 PM in Radiator air vent preference? opposed to the Hoffmans which also float(?) to seal.
I'm not sure I got that right, but that's the kind of answer I'm looking for: the mechanics of each valve.
I would think that will help determine which manufacturer's product may be better suited for one set of conditions over another.

Radiator air vent preference? Technical reasons?

@ April 11, 2014 8:42 AM in Radiator air vent preference?

I tend to use Gorton for the variety, ease of selection, and quality, but the Hoffman rep has me rethinking my choices.

I don't like Vari-Valves, so don't even suggest it.


Of course they work.

@ March 22, 2014 10:39 AM in main line water filter

But you need to know what it is you want to filter out.

If you can't answer that, then somebody is going to sell you a placebo unit. Have your water tested and see what filter media best treats your water if you want one.

My opinion is you're far better off with a point-of-use filter for drinking and cooking if you're concerned about health issues. There's no point in filtering your toilet water.

Don't get me started.

@ March 22, 2014 10:31 AM in Pipefitters shoulder

For the last 3 years I've been dealing with my shoulder and elbow.
I got a cortisone shot in my shoulder and two in my elbow and while they both offered some temporary relief, it wasn't until I actually listened to my doctor and physical therapist and started doing light dumbbell lifts at the gym.

3 sets starting with 2.5 lbs and working up to 7.5 lbs, as many as I can comfortably do gets it done.
I lift straight forward, then straight out to the sides, then lean over forward and lift backward.
I do that anywhere from 1-3 times a week and my shoulder is good.
If I skip a week it's ok, but if I skip two, my shoulder starts to hurt again.
That's how I know it works.

My elbow healed by doing tricep push downs and other tricep extension repetitions.

The key is to resist the urge to lift a lot of weight.

If you can do 10-12 reps comfortably, then you're using the right weight. You'll know when you can lift more, but don't push it.

My doctor is Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at a big deal hospital in New York and he strongly advised me to do these exercises and see how I feel before we even consider talking about surgery.
As far as I'm concerned, no one's cutting me open until I'm out of options.

Good luck to you.

Not for 1-pipe

@ March 22, 2014 4:55 AM in Adding cast iron baseboard to one-pipe steam system

Ci BB doesn't work well with 1-pipe steam.
If it's your only option and you need heat in the room, then you wouldn't be wrong to try it.
A 2" section won't produce much condensate and the reality is that you wouldn't be the first person to use the product with livable results.

If you must use it, vent the radiator with a ¾" x ⅛" bushing, a ⅛" nipple and elbow, and convector (straight) air vent.

That's a nice comment, Joe. Thanks.

@ March 21, 2014 11:34 AM in Weil-McLain & Caleffi Installation

Actually this was mostly a pro-press job.


@ March 21, 2014 7:33 AM in Weil-McLain & Caleffi Installation

I don't even know what that is.
I'll take a look though.

That's the side of the boiler.

@ March 20, 2014 10:47 PM in what is expansion and contraction noises?

The front is the part with the manufacturer's name plate on it.

Weil-McLain & Caleffi Installation

@ March 20, 2014 10:44 PM in Weil-McLain & Caleffi Installation

This is a hard installation to photograph but you get the idea.

We're happy with this one.

It's a large Manhattan residence with three WM 310 boilers and two 80-gallon indirects.

I know, I know. It's a lot of heat and hot water, but this is how it goes in this town.

Oh no.

@ March 19, 2014 10:15 AM in what is expansion and contraction noises?

This doesn't look like a good install. Can you send a pic of the boiler, front forward, including the piping directly on top?


@ March 19, 2014 8:12 AM in I'm working out in the shop today

"Prefer" (his word) is not "loathe" (your word). Let's not question people for misquotes.

I feel the same way. I like dealing with my suppliers.

Thermal imaging and trap testing

@ March 14, 2014 7:01 PM in General steam trap question

We use a thermal imaging camera to test traps. It eliminates a lot of guesswork.
That's a good thing.


@ March 11, 2014 8:43 PM in Not enough heat with new boiler set at low pressure.


What do you do when you have no idea what to do?

@ March 11, 2014 7:35 AM in Question about two pipe system

Drain the boiler.

You need someone else to have a look at this. Find a heating contractor that "specializes" in steam rather than one that has a passing familiarity.

Where are you located?
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