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kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,855
Here is a first. Pretty scary stuff. NOT my install but I have done some work for them. They hear a crash in the middle of the night and go down and find this .... thank God no one was hurt..... Yikes!


  • neilcneilc Member Posts: 234
    did you forget something?
  • ZmanZman Member Posts: 3,589
    Where is the punchline?
    "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"
    Albert Einstein
  • lchmblchmb Member Posts: 2,562
    he dropped the ball...
  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,855
    Crazy thing is that the copper piping attached only crimped. Very little water came out...maybe a gallon. The gas piping was done all in CSST so that flexed fine. Furthermore the thing was still turned on and running when I got there....
  • MikeMike Member Posts: 67
    The big guy up above, likes them. Wow.
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 7,046
    oops. Definitely oops. I'm not impressed by the anchors that were supposed to be holding it!

    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.

    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-McClain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • adambnycadambnyc Member Posts: 192
    Glad no one was hurt. foundation walls that are below ground get damp, they just do. Add the paint and water vapor has a hard time escaping. The anchors used look like the rotted away then snapped. Probably not exterior grade anchors.

    A wet foundation wall will rot screws like that in a year. I'd use stainless steel wedge anchors instead.
  • NY_RobNY_Rob Member Posts: 631

    Probably happened at 2am like everything else that falls or falses :*

    That CSS gas tubing might have saved the family's lives.
  • AbracadabraAbracadabra Member Posts: 1,945
    those look like way-too-short cut masonry nails
  • Solid_Fuel_ManSolid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 719
    Wow! And it was still running! Nice.

    I think it's time we reevaluated our concrete anchor decision making paradigm.......
    Master electrician specialising in boiler and burner controls, multiple fuel systems, radiant system controls, building controls, and universal refrigeration tech.
  • IronmanIronman Member Posts: 3,746
    Him fall down!
    Bob Boan

    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,855
    It hung on the wall for 7 years. I generally build a wall and then attach the boiler to that. I was always paranoid about that happening.
    This home has two of these. (long story) The other one attached the same way.... both are going to come out shortly.
  • Solid_Fuel_ManSolid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 719
    Well....i think that one "came out" already! ;)
    Master electrician specialising in boiler and burner controls, multiple fuel systems, radiant system controls, building controls, and universal refrigeration tech.
  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,855
    Here is a "what are they thinking!"...
    The insurance company wants me to put the boiler back on the wall and "fix" it....
    I explained to the lady that I am liable if anything ever goes wrong now.... I'm not having anything to do w/ that.
  • unclejohnunclejohn Member Posts: 987
    @kcopp Tell the insurance co. you will replace every component in the boiler and any damaged sheet metal. It will cost more to build a new one then too buy a new one. But it's their money.
  • kcoppkcopp Member Posts: 2,855
    I should also tell them that for me to install it I need a letter stating my waiver of any responsibility if anything should go wrong.
  • nicholas bonham-carternicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 6,646
    If the boiler is replaced with new, the insurance company will probably depreciate the payout by 25-40%, whereas a repair may cost them the full value.—NBC
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