Working on a house in Methuen, MA. Plan is to sell my home in RI and move there. It is the house I grew up in.
House has Weil - McLain WGTO-4 Series 3 oil boiler. WTGO tells you the hot water also runs off this system (so I am told). Boiler is about 9 years old. Forced hot water base board heat.
I spoke with a rep at Weil-McLain, she advised a conversion burner from either Wayne or Carlin will be compatible with my boiler. She explained that I won't get the improved efficiency of a gas boiler vs. an oil boiler, however I will save in the cost of the fuel to run the thing.
There is no gas line on the street, I have 2 other neighbors who want to convert. Have been working with the gas company. If we can get 4 or more they will extend the gas main at no cost to us, the new consumers. Well, we verbally now have 4; the Gas Co has mailed out letters today to the 8 houses involved.
So, I am trying to put all the pieces together. The gas line goes in, then they run the piping from the street across my property to my house. From there I am responsible for inside my house. I have spoken with 2 local plumbers, one has set a time to meet me at the house this week, but he already told me he does not do conversion burners only full new boilers. The second one is checking his schedule and I will have an appt with him this week also.
I already spoke to a company to remove the oil tank from the cellar, got him to commit to a removal price, and he said if I have the oil level below half a tank I will get a discount. Since I turn the boiler on when I am up there, in order to have hot water, I think I can get below the half tank mark. I've called my current oil company to stop automatic deliveries. So I think I am all set on that end.
I do not understand the paperwork the gas company sent to me. I have to mark where the gas line will come IN on my property, to my house. I have to be 3 feet away from dryer vents, electrical outlets, and anything that makes a spark. I am hoping the plumbers who come out can help with this? My Dad was an electrician, and he put in outlets every few feet outside for Christmas lights when I was a little girl. Which was fun then, making me crazy on this project though.
What else do I need to know, ask, check, verify? If I sound like I know what I am talking about, I DON'T! This has been a steep learning curve, in the past 2.5 weeks! Figuring out how to set up a project with the Gas Co, getting neighbors on board (that was easy after the winter we just had!), and learning how the heating system works in that house.
And once all that is done, what do I need for the 18 inch trench the Gas Co digs in my lawn? Just seed? What condition do they leave it? How do they get in to my cellar, the house has a 12 inch concrete apron, do they go under that, dig up 18 inches of it? The foundation is cement blocks (not poured concrete). Where does the meter go? I just put up new siding last year (Yep I am doing most of the jobs in the wrong order).
I just tried the 'find a contractor' link, but everyone who comes up is way down near Boston, which is not helpful. Their price would be high just to cover their auto fuel to get to me!
Thank you for any ideas, info, guidance, suggestions of things to consider.
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