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Added Vaporstat and low psi guage
Just wanted to say thank you for such a great site.
18yrs in this house and I finally started to take a real good look at the boiler.
It has always worked great but I finally got tired of the replacing the vents on rads.
The psi was set around 3-5psi on the old pressuretrol and every few years the vents would start hissing and spit water.
See the the before pic of the original boiler setup:
Next the after pic:
In series a new vaporstat, microswitch 408j1009 (steam) with the old pressuretrol. The setting are currently at the recommended start of 10 and 6 diff.
This was just installed and it appears to heat more effectively. Never reaches the old 5psi on the old 30psi guage. I now watch the smaller guage when I flip the valve open.
Yes I know the loops should be red brass but I could not find the same loop configuration because I like the water line to be in the middle of the loop. The old black iron was clogging up pretty bad.
It's also a millivolt system so any power outage is a none issue because of the pilot light. I will now take better care of the boiler because the new systems seem to require some power.
I improved my main venting as well with a new Gorton D valve that is 1/4 fitting. Next spring I plan to replace the hex bushing with a 1" x 3/4" and use a proper Gorton No.1 for further venting. I'm choosing not to make changes to this in the middle of winter.
I'm also planning to take apart the LWCO to clean it out. It's never been touched. The pipe union appears to be sweating or leaking ever so slightly that it leaves water Calcium buildup deposits. No drips of water.
I'm also using the steam master pellets.
thank you very much.