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Piping is wrong, but does it need to be fixed?
So after reading through everything here, reviewing the boiler manual,
etc. I can tell my piping configuration is wrong. This install was done about 20
years ago and is a single pipe steam in a 2-family house. I've been here two years and I'm trying to sort through the random issues I found. Boiler is a Peerless G-561.
According to the manual I found, the suggested config is to have only one riser pipe and no header. Mine has two risers and the header is connected to the main incorrectly. Everything is done in copper and looks pretty decent outside of the configuration problem. The system generally behaves well, but I suspect the steam is "wet" as I get gurgling noises in some of the radiators (especially if they are aggressively vented.)
Is this worth having a pro repipe it? Part of me figures it's lasted 20 years so maybe just leave it alone. (Photos #1 and #2)
Some other random questions:
- I've read that I should insulate the "near boiler" piping. Does that include the risers, Hartford loop, etc? Am I causing any problems by insulating them?
- The copper to cast iron thread joint is leaking a little steam, is that something that can be done as a DIY project? (Photo #3)
- My pigtail goes from the LWCO to a pigtail to the Pressurtrol. Can I add a tee and an elbow and add a low pressure gauge inline? My pigtail is cast iron, I don't know if I need to find a cast iron gauge? (Photo #4)