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Old houses, old heating systems

HeatingHelp Administrator Posts: 654
edited January 2018 in THE MAIN WALL
Old houses, old heating systems

Dan Foley updates two heating systems in historic homes in the Washington, DC area.

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  • flat_twin
    flat_twin Member Posts: 353
    edited January 2018
    Good story. Seeing the inside and basements/cellars of historic homes was a nice perk I enjoyed while I was a telco tech.
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 7,245
    Thanks for the stories, Dan. Yes, for those of us who revere history, working in these homes is a treat. Mad Dog
    Dan Foley
  • JMoon82
    JMoon82 Member Posts: 1
    I am looking to purchase a home built in 1920, it has the old fashioned radiators and the original boiler. The boiler system has 1899 on it. Is it possible to replace the boiler? I would like to keep the radiators but am concerned about the life of the boiler, is this a true concern or am I worried about nothing? Thanks for you time.
  • nicholas bonham-carter
    nicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,578
    Yes keep the radiators!
    I can’t believe that the boiler could have been made in 1899, and then installed finally in a 1920 house, so it must be the patent date.
    Some pictures of the boiler, and it’s piping, along with the radiators would allow us to identify the system, and any weaknesses, which should be corrected.
    Post them in a new thread.—NBC
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,650
    Yes do post a new thread -- but also it is very simple (if you get the right people!) to replace an older boiler and keep the rest of the system. Cedric is the fourth in the main place I take care of...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • Paul Pollets
    Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,658
    Great work and good story!
    Dan Foley