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HELP! New to steam and have some issues
As my title suggests I'm new to steam and am trying to learn as much as possible. I've purchased the "steamy" deal and I'm about halfway through We Got Steam.
The scoop: I have water hammer, gurgling, uneven heating, and various other things happening.
The Goods: I just bought a house with a Burnham commercial oil boiler that was installed about a year or two ago. I have a 2 pipe steam system, but many of the radiators have vents on them in addition to the steam traps. From what I'm finding this is not as it should be. In the cellar area near the furnace I have 3 main vents sometimes at the very end of the pipe which also doesn't sound right. The water hammer originates at the nearest radiator (above a main vent) and spreads for a several minutes horizontally and vertically before it silences.
I have a pipe in cement that is leaking which needs to be jackhammered and then repaired, and I gotta get the trap/vent situation in order. I also need to re-insulate the pipes they worked on when installing the new system. I don't want to spend any more money on knuckleheads, and I just want to get this right. I'm not even sure if the system was installed correctly. The pressure was set to just over 5 psi. I just set that back on both pressurtrols to rest on 2 psi last night. The water hammer is still there. I just don't know exactly where to begin on the venting deal. Should I plug them all since it's a 2 pipe system and just worry about the steam traps?
What info and pics do you need from me to help address this? Are there any steam pros near the Eastern Panhandle of WV??? Any help would be appreciated!
twice the boiler I need, short cycling, atrocious near boiler piping, excessive fuel consumption, water hammer throughout...you name it I got it in my system O_o