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An Underserved Fate

ttekushan_3
ttekushan_3 Member Posts: 958
Reminds me of a lovely mansion in lakewood ohio that was rehabbed which included the scrapping of a functional Mouat vapor system in its entirety. Including the pin indirects under the bronze grilles in the main floor. Four forced air systems now. Rumor has it that the place is now quite drafty and uncomfortable in winter. No @%#&.

And my sad frozen radiator story of the day... My cousin, actually, bought a 1906 project home that was in foreclosure. The bank had it winterized last February.... AFTER the gravity hot water system froze. Corto radiators throughout. I should say, cracked Corto radiators throughout. Of about 15 radiators only 2 were not cracked. And a large number of cast pipe fittings in the basement were split cleanly in two. Who knows what else lurks in the walls. And the boiler is a coal converted to gas (with one of those scary looking burners hacked in). So all the system needs is new cortos, pipes, fittings, valves and a boiler(!).

They're putting in forced air.

Since the house is being redone for resale, I certainly can't make the case for anything else. These are people who wanted to keep the hot water heating, installing a new boiler and separate air conditioning.

This kind of thing seems to be getting more common with the combination of foreclosures and high heating costs. This is the fourth HW heating system I've seen thats been destroyed by last winter's cold temperatures. Three were foreclosed properties, one was an empty rental with a thermocouple failure, but no one checked in on the place in time. Oy.

Sort of makes a case for steam.

-Terry
terry

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