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Hello, and thanks for this forum. I feel lucky to have found this place. I am a steam heat rookie. From reading here I bought and read Dan's book. TWICE! It was great.
Heating bills last season (first season I ever had steam heat) were sky high. That's how I found this place - looking for help or resources to get the system running more efficiently. The bills were so high, I considered ripping the whole heating system out and replacing it with something different. But luckily I found this place and Dan's book. I'm hoping (praying, actually), that the gas bills might be a little more reasonable this time around.
I had asbestos removed a couple weeks ago. The white paint on the pipes is from the removal process. The pipes that are their natural color did not have asbestos on them. I guess the previous homeowner removed some of it themselves some years ago.
Since having the removal done I began insulating the pipes with 1" fiberglass sleeves. I'm not finished yet, but the process is not at all difficult. It's just a little time consuming. I'm hoping to finish the job this Saturday.
I'm attaching some pictures of my "twins" in the basement. I see at least one area of concern. It looks like there was a copper pipe repair / replacement done. The presence of the copper pipe is a concern in itself, but it also looks like the repair process changed the pitch of the attached pipes. I'm hoping for some comments, feedback and suggestions about this. Am I mistaken in what I think I see? Also, if there are other problems, please let me know. The vents look old and rusty. Should I replace them? Are there enough?
Last year the bills were high and the system was noisy. It wasn't a nice introductino to steam heat. I hope between the forum and the book to have a more peaceful relationship this season.
Thanks for taking the time to look and read, and I'd appreciate any comments / suggestions.