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burnerman_2 Member Posts: 297
ok go ahead and beat me up but i helped do an install last year and the lead guy did not put a blow down on said they did not send one must not need it on these new ones i asked at a school they said evey one (job) needs one since the co. may be around longer than him i want the job right so whats the feed back and if you need one why doesn't the boiler co. include it?? royboy


  • Brad White_185
    Brad White_185 Member Posts: 265

    Glad they remembered to send the boiler, otherwise it might be said that that was not needed either... :)

    I don't think I have ever seen a boiler, steam or HW, with at least a low-point tapping for a drain or blowdown. (I think you mean this as different than a skimming port or "surface blowdown".)

    It is at the very least common practice if not common sense. Anyone's powers of persuasion will not coax out low point liquids and dissolved solids. Dale Carnegie did not even try.

    I also have not seen many boilers so tapped with the valve installed (freight damage), so the accessory box would have that.

    Sometimes though, in a steam system, the low point may be in the near-boiler piping, under the contractor's control. Places such as a seal trap or mud drum and you have the obligation to remove mud and debris. Even if the boiler had a blow-off tapping and valve, you would still need one at the low point, if not a removable plug. Give me a full port ball valve any day though.

    My $0.02

  • Bruce Stevens_2
    Bruce Stevens_2 Member Posts: 82
    What are you calling a blow Down

    If you mean on the LWCO then no one would not be on a probe style LWCO however if you are referring to a bottom drain or skim tapping then yes.
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