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MegaSteaming on Maryland's Eastern Shore
of the Chesapeake Bay, that is. This was a bit of an out-of-towner for us, but how can we resist the chance to install a MegaSteam and straighten out the rest of a steam system? Have steam, we'll travel..............
Easton is located on US 50, which forms part of the main route from Baltimore to Ocean City. Once you get off the commercial strip along the highway it's a pretty little town, with many old houses. This one was built around 1910, and the one-pipe steam system appears original to the house. It has Rococo-pattern radiators without the scrollwork- first time I've seen that.
The old boiler was an American-Standard A-34 that had dry-fired and cracked. The installation had most of the woes we find in many basements- dangling wires and oil lines, no main vents, badly done header and pipes that were way off pitch. The last was due to the house settling into the sandy soil found in this part of Maryland, rather than incompetent installation. The owner told us the system took about 1-1/2 hours to get steam into the radiators, and banged constantly. Wonder why?
All Steamed Up, Inc.
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Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc