A grreat "how and why" book, This one really helped me move into and understand steam heating systems.
If you have an old system, the book will help you to understand the whole system, if you matain systems as I do, and want to repair and restore them I used the lost art to "see thru" the oldtimers eyes. I have alsofound the hard to find charts to be sooo very useful. well worth the price and the book is within arms reach as i type this.
This is the book that helped the Dead Men make sense to me. Let me explain.......
I had developed an interest in steam heating systems in the 1980s, but there wasn't much information available on them in those pre-Internet days. I started collecting old books when I could find them, but learned that engineers aren't always good communicators. They had a lot to share with their readers, but weren't good at getting the information across. Trying to get through these books was lots of work, even though I really enjoy reading.
I got a copy of "The Lost Art of Steam Heating" shortly after it came out in 1992. This made a world of difference- Dan Holohan is a gifted communicator, and his book helped me clear up the muddy picture of steam heating I had up till that time. I went back to the old books and, for the first time, didn't have to work to understand them.
Steam heating is now a big part of my life. I now co-own All Steamed Up, Inc. (with Gordon Schweizer, who "Lost Art" also enlightened) a Baltimore-based company which specializes in repairing, restoring and upgrading steam heating systems, and also does out-of-town consulting to others. This is no longer a lost art as far as we're concerned.
If you want to really learn about steam heating, buy this book.
Thanks, Dan. We couldn't have done it without you.
Frank "Steamhead" Wilsey
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