Joined on August 8, 2003
Last Post on December 4, 2013
@ December 4, 2013 8:22 AM in Steam pros in Nassau Co, Long islandGotta look out for my peeps.
(Are we still saying "peeps"?)
@ December 3, 2013 7:54 PM in Steam pros in Nassau Co, Long islandMalex, after you messaged me today I forwarded your information to Matt Sweeney. He's the best on Long Island.
He's licensed in Nassau County, but recently closed his shop which specialized in steam for many years. If he can't help you personally, he'll steer you right.
I'm sure you'll hear from him very soon.
Good luck to you.
@ December 3, 2013 7:25 PM in Big steam pipes (6") need big wrenches (48")Just saying.
@ December 2, 2013 4:12 PM in Vent Spitting & Water Hammer in CondoIs this in Manhattan? Brooklyn?
@ December 1, 2013 9:20 AM in Slow leak at joint (picture)There's no tee in that picture, for what it's worth.
@ December 1, 2013 9:15 AM in Steam Boiler preheating domestic how water heater?It's common to have the option of running water through the coil to preheat the cold and passively reclaim some of the standby losses inherent in any atmospheric boiler by sending some energy into your domestic water heating system rather then let it disappear up the chimney.
Diverting the water through the coils in summer when the boiler isn't firing doesn't render any benefit, but during the heating season, we often restore the valves to the preheating condition for our service and maintenance clients.
Your problem with no hot water in the morning is not caused by this connection to the boiler since the water in the tank is only warmed by the coils while the hot water is actively being used and chances are pretty good the water coming through your coils is far hotter then what your water heater can produce anyway.
@ December 1, 2013 8:43 AM in Replacing a Pressuretrol with VaporstatIf you need the system to work within 1-16oz of pressure then get that one.
If you think you'll ever need pressure above 1psi, then get the 0-4psi model.
Either pressuretrol will work with 24 or 120 volts, so don't need to think about that.
Also, either model will make or break on rise depending on how you wire it.
Wiring to R-B will open the circuit when the pressure rises, R-W (reverse-acting) will close when pressure rises.
An open circuit turns off the burner, a closed circuit allows the burner to fire. Forget about reverse acting controls since they don't apply to your system as far as I can tell.
@ November 28, 2013 7:49 AM in New steam boilerDo you buy that welded header off the shelf, or do you have it made up?
@ November 28, 2013 7:45 AM in sandy revisitedRapid Repairs is the program implemented by FEMA to put boilers, water heaters and electric in affected homes at no cost to the homeowner.
It involved hundreds of contractors, both local and national.
So, I'm curious to know if you're talking about private contract work or work done under FEMA.
@ November 27, 2013 12:52 PM in sandy revisitedAre you talking about the Rapid Repairs Program? Or privately contracted repair work?
@ November 27, 2013 5:50 AM in Lochinvar Knight KBN 399 Heat Exchanger FailureI'm sorry you had a problem, Ken. There are 1 or 2 every year in my experience that have us wondering "Why me!"....but we get through them.
For what it's worth, I've got a Lochinvar product installed where the air intake is near some a/c equipment in a mechanical area between two buildings in Manhattan.
Upon Dept of Buildings' inspection, we were directed to install a refrigerant sensor and interlock to protect the boilers. I'd never heard of this being a problem but like many things in this industry, you either learn the hard way or get lucky enough to learn by others.
I very reluctantly bought one of these:
and my inspector was satisfied.
That, along with this thread, has been a learning experience for me.
As for Lochinvar, so far I've been very happy with their products and services the last three years or so that I've been using them. My rep is Wallace-Eannace and they're top-notch as well. I'd be very surprised to hear either party weren't making every effort to live up to the terms of their stated warranties/support, but it's a busy season now for everyone and I'm sure you can appreciate they have their processes to go through before they can hand over costly materials at anyone's say-so. It sounds like you're getting to a resolution, and that's a good thing.
@ November 25, 2013 4:18 PM in how to heat the boiler only when the thermostat calls for heatThere's probably an aquastat set in the boiler somewhere that you could disconnect. Pics would help.
@ November 25, 2013 3:42 PM in best temperature for Cast Iron RadiatorsMost hot water radiators' published output ratings are based on 180° degree water, but that doesn't really help you. That's only an industry standard. If you knew the heat loss of the areas where the radiators reside, you could look up their ratings and see for yourself at what water temperature and flow rate they meet the heat demand of the rooms they serve.
@ November 25, 2013 7:49 AM in New steam boilerYou could still have added swing joints and used your welded header.
Surely there was money in the job for two more elbows and shoulder nipples.
Also, you should consider buying an ad if you're going to advertise here. That's what Steamhead, JStar and I do and it works great to bring in customers.
Again, neat job. Good post.
@ November 24, 2013 3:08 PM in New steam boilerBut wouldn't you rather have swing joins on that header?
@ November 24, 2013 8:28 AM in Carbon Monoxide Issues - HELP!Venting specs on Page 18 here call for a barometric damper on the exhaust when venting vertically, and no barometric when venting to a side wall:
@ November 24, 2013 7:44 AM in Carbon Monoxide Issues - HELP!"The installer didn't want to put one on there since it doesn't need it, so they 'compromised' by putting one on the intake"
You might want to give your friend's plumber a call and give your guy the day off today.
@ November 24, 2013 7:38 AM in Condensing gas boiler you installI install about 50 cast iron Burnham boilers every year which put me in position to naturally prefer to use their newly-minted mod-cons at the time. But then having had mixed results with Burnham's neatly packaged Alpine considering support was spotty, I looked around to see what else was out there.
I fell in love with Triangle Tube's vertical fire tube heat exchanger and used that product almost exclusively for a while. I also really like their indirect water heaters so using the two together makes for a nice job.
But then, when Weil-McLain went from the MCBA controller to the U-Control, I got hooked on that one. Plain English control? Multiple zone temps? Wait! What?
Then Lochinvar wined and dined me in Nashville and took me through a 2-day product tour that was extraordinary. They gave me hands on training on their control and when I left, I was confident I could install their boilers anywhere in Manhattan's low-to-mid-rise buildings using their many control options (fan speeds!), approval for use with room makeup air, and 160psi pressure tolerance.
Now, I'm very impressed with Aerco's Modulex EXT line but it's nearly three times the price of the WM and Lochinvar equivalents. Yes. I paid well over $8,000 for the last 321MBH model I bought, but it's the real deal with 20:1 turndown and redundant everything.
So, now I do my best to match the product to the application.
I think that's the best you can do rather than decide what's "the best boiler" or otherwise establish one to use exclusively.
@ November 24, 2013 7:06 AM in Carbon Monoxide Issues - HELP!If your plumber can't address this problem, then call a reputable chimney contractor and get his take on it. Venting is not every plumber's forté.
@ November 24, 2013 7:01 AM in Weil-McLain Steam Boiler not firingwhen you flooded the boiler you clogged up your pressuretrol/pigtail. Clean those out or jumper the pressuretrol terminals and reevaluate.
@ November 24, 2013 6:52 AM in BURNHAM BASE- RAY & One-Pipe Steam SystemI've seen people get 9A to work with 1-pipe steam out of sheer dumb luck, but they're just terribly suited to that application.
I've done several jobs where we've taken them out and replaced them with cast iron convectors which have an 1-¼" bottom tapping where steam and condensate can pass each other freely through the counterflow branch.
(and yes, before you say it, we did wind up changing the position the TRV/vent)