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@ December 15, 2011 6:23 AM in A question for everyone

I say go for it. You do not come around the D.C. area to do seminars that often!


@ December 15, 2011 6:23 AM in A question for everyone

I say go for it. You do not come around the D.C. area to do seminars that often!


@ September 27, 2011 1:14 PM in cooling tower piping

You have self-contained units w/waterside economizers?

Like a good Boy Scout

@ September 27, 2011 12:58 PM in Pipe ?

Preparation is the key here. I had materials ready and the subs I used for hauling/removal lined up and ready to go. Very rarely was the time where I could not complete a changout in a day, albeit a long one..except for larger steam boilers.

Rockwell's finest

@ July 25, 2011 1:32 PM in Older shower valve.....

I remember the stem threads were changed somewhere along the way...maybe early 80's. Lots of those oldies still up here in cabins, vacation houses, put many of them in back in the day...

My weapon of choice

@ August 3, 2009 7:19 AM in Plumbers - do you do drain cleaning?

Was a Ridgid K-380. Tree roots can be a big problem on mains, so keep a few different cutterheads. You need something beefy for those jobs...And separate additional equipment and consumable charges did apply.


@ July 30, 2009 10:09 AM in Frozen AC coil?

Dr. Silberstein!...Also a good refresher for those of us who have been turning wrenches and knocking tin for a lot of years. Sometimes we forget or neglect the basics...

No burner, but

@ July 30, 2009 6:06 AM in Stewart Warner Winkler Oil Boiler Burner Replacement

I have a Harvey Whipple logo plate. It's in my collection, which ranges from A/S to Sinclair To Delco.

S/W low pressure burner

@ July 29, 2009 8:25 AM in Stewart Warner Winkler Oil Boiler Burner Replacement

I've played with 'em too...Dad had the customers stocked with plenty of spare nozzles...if they got out of whack, they would soot up a boiler in no time. If any of you get really bored, I know where there are a couple if Iron fireman stokers you can play with!

And used for

@ July 29, 2009 8:20 AM in Info. on FLIR???

IR scanning of switchgear, panel boxes,fire pump bearings. We found some problems during a recent electical IR scan in my buildings that would have reared their ugly heads in the future.

I built

@ June 15, 2009 7:16 AM in Wetheat Chefs (OT)

An outdoor kitchen 17 yrs. ago, before they were all the rage...Has hot/cold water, sink, grill, gas cooktop,smoker,outside shower, and an old gas griddle that did yeoman service in a pizza shop. I'm working on getting a small commercial deep fryer as well.We cook anything/everything out there.

I've had

@ June 3, 2009 6:33 AM in Considering closing er-up.

A lot of those moments over the years...finally crashed and burned, had been on my own and with Dad for a total of 24 yrs, went into the commercial building engineer mode 11 yrs. ago, have never looked back. I miss the old, good customers most of all, the timely payers, the ones who gave me good referrals, who wanted quality not crap. I used to do the kind of jobs no one else wanted. My best wishes and hopes for you whichever path you choose.

I'm too conventional

@ May 29, 2009 6:14 AM in Snake Oil Question

I use WD-40 on mine, have for years.

Used to

@ May 18, 2009 12:02 PM in Working Hard? Hardly Working? (OT)

Keep Monday's schedule kind of loose, mostly for DIY'ers with aborted projects, with all of the associated wailing and gnashing of teeth that came with them.

An alternative to gutting

@ May 7, 2009 6:40 AM in electrical wires

If the AL wire on the general recp./lighting runs is ok, with no signs of melting, then making new connections inside of all junction/recp./switch boxes using the newer wire nuts w/conductive grease installed can be an alternative, which I have done in several houses. A lot of older houses (60's-70's era)were wired using the stab-type terminals on the back of receptacles (backwiring)instead of pigtails. If you go this route, make sure to purchase switches/recptacles that are CO/ALR rated. and more than likely you may have eiether a Wadsworth/Federal panel box..not good!

I've had dreams

@ April 30, 2009 6:30 AM in Dan Foley!

Of winning a big lottery, buying a farm, building a dream home, and there's Dan Foley overseeing the mechanical system install!..Great looking job, great article!

We had

@ April 27, 2009 11:54 AM in what is easiest way to loosen galvanized dielectric union?

A local AHJ require them...for a brief period. You know the rest of the story....

Out here in the woods

@ April 23, 2009 10:39 AM in what not to do

We call that a Hartford Loop!

Ease of service, Ken?

@ April 21, 2009 6:18 AM in Valiant C.I. boiler?

They are a heckuva lot easier than the Arab oil embargo era Weil McLain's..ask me how I know! And yes, they were a little persnickity to set up, but all of them are with a borderline chimney...


@ April 20, 2009 6:35 AM in Valiant C.I. boiler?

More than a few of them, worked well on conventional BB/radiator systems...that's where the U.S. mfr.'s finally got the idea to make a swing-out combustion chamber door. Weak spot was the target wall.

Similar situation

@ April 17, 2009 2:39 PM in Tall buildings and Hydronics

I run 2 /6-story office buildings, no hydronic heat, but cooling towers,open system, self-contained A.C. units on each floor, etc. Pumps, towers on roof, so the head pressure is low. Supply/return pressures 50-60 psi on 1st floor. Using 2 B&G 865 gpm. pumps in each building.

Do they

@ April 10, 2009 12:26 PM in License renewals????????

Require you to take any continuing education/code update classes for license renewal?...Started that here in Va. last year. Might just be a south of the Mason-Dixon thing...
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