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lose the wet return?

Timco
Timco Member Posts: 3,040
It would seem that is a better option than busting up the floors in several basement units, no? what is typically done with these old buildings when the wet returns all rot out?

Tim
Just a guy running some pipes.

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  • Timco
    Timco Member Posts: 3,040


    My newest account is talking about the possibility of ditching the wet return due to the condition of just 4' of pipe I pulled last week. This would mean that all returns would be intercepted and ran back to boiler room as a wet/dry ret and a condensate tank added? Building is u shaped, 100+ yrs old, and boiler is almost at far end of the u. 32 units, 3-4 stories high...where to begin an estimate on this? Anyone want to add the cost of a plane ticket to engineer something of this scale? All well into the winter / spring at this point, but I want to play serious...


    Tim
    Just a guy running some pipes.
  • gerry gill
    gerry gill Member Posts: 3,078
    anyone who would

    change wet returns for a condensate tank is an idiot and maybe the building owner and the condensate tank deserve each other..

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  • Can all the condensate

    drain back to the boiler if you run the pipes as dry returns ? Can they be run on top of the basement floor ? I'm not a fan of condensate pumps unless they're absolutely needed - like remote areas where the condensate won't travel back by gravity .
  • bob young
    bob young Member Posts: 2,177
    condenate tank, not

    WE usually run them exposed along perimeter of room. box in if necessary. run in copper. easy , lucrative project.
  • Timco
    Timco Member Posts: 3,040


    would you be willing to email me direct and talk price? Any ballpark would help...

    Tim
    Just a guy running some pipes.
  • Steamhead (in transit)
    Steamhead (in transit) Member Posts: 6,688
    Stay with gravity return

    Adding a tank and pump, and all the traps you'll need to make it work, can become a servicing nightmare. There would just be too many moving parts. The Dead Men designed that system to work with gravity return- no need to change that.

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  • nicholas bonham-carter
    nicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,576
    wet return resleeve

    is it possible the underfloor piping is large enough [and straight enough] to shove a thinwalled flexible copper line through with connections for the dry returns?--nbc
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