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Two-pipe steam system has my guys stymied...

My wife and I purchased a beautiful shingle-style home (ca. 1900) in Ware, MA, last November. It is the house of our dreams. The seller replaced the boiler and oil tanks. Work was done by a big heating supplier in Western Mass., who I had used for the previous 25 years with no problem. Unfortunately, they were stymied by the two-pipe steam system in this old house. Started with no heat to certain radiators. Then heat to only one end of some radiators. After six service calls, all with different guys, all born long after the last two-pipe steam was installed, most of them befuddled by the second pipe from our radiators, we had heat (and vents on all our radiators!) But, instead of the pleasant sound of hissing steam, or even the beloved banging pipes, we now have a rendition of Niagara Falls in our radiators. As I sit here typing this message, I am serenaded by the sound of running water, gurgling through our steam pipes.

I don't know anything about heating, but I am convinced that I now have a forced hot water system, instead of steam. Oh, and did I mention that I was spending $3,000 per month on oil last winter (and never set the thermostat above 69 degrees)?

I am a veterinarian, and if you asked me to tell you how to spay your dog, I would think you were nuts. I don't want helpful hints on doing this myself; my time is better spent learning new surgical procedures and medical diagnostics! I want you professionals (like Jamie Hall - are you reading this?) to refer me to a professional heating contractor who can help my steam system, and whom I will gladly pay for their professional knowledge.

After spending the last few weeks reading posts on this site, I know this beast can be spayed! If you could point me toward that person who would help me in Ware, MA, I would be eternally grateful!

- Bob Shurtleff

BTW: after reading many posts, I have developed much respect for you guys - a lot of science, and a little art, just like medicine! Unfortunately, a GOOD doctor is hard to find...