Dan Holohan has a way with words! This is a very good read! I already had my money's worth at the end of the first chapter about the copper elbow. The technical info is very valuable and the book is a pleasure to read!
This latest opus is typical Dan; a wonderful weaving of theory, history, and personal experience.
The chapters of the book take you through the various different types of hydronic (hot water) heating systems you might run in to. Each system is clearly and simply explained and solutions to common and uncommon problems are equally clear.
As “Classic Hydronics” becomes the bible for “Wet Heads”, as “The Lost Art…” has for “Steam Heads”, it is certainly not limited to the trade. Any homeowner with an older hydronic system would greatly benefit from owning and reading this book. Even if you aren’t going to tackle the work yourself, it will well arm you to distinguish between the “knucklehead” and the qualified heating tech.
If you have read any of Dan’s works, some of the text will seem familiar, such as the opening chapter, “A Simple Copper Elbow”. Dan has included some of his previous writings into the various chapters. This doesn’t detract from or diminish the book in the least. Dan’s prose is so clear, interesting and insightful that it’s a pleasure to read and reread those stories. So much so that you may find yourself, as I do, rereading to his writings. And isn’t that the best thing you can say about an author?
I loved this book. Not only the technical end of the book was informative, but the stories that went along with it made it interesting from a historical and story telling perspective. It really captures a feeling of Americana on the story telling side while giving an abundance of useful information
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