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Saving History

HeatingHelpHeatingHelp Posts: 247
edited June 2018 in THE MAIN WALL

Saving History

Restoring the steam heating system at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York

Read the full story here


  • JohnPJohnP Posts: 4Member
    Dan, I've always enjoyed your stories, the way it feels like you are talking to the reader.
    I always look forward to Thursdays to see where we are going this week.
    This was a great trip! It felt like I was right there exploring that great old building.
    Makes me want to go and see it for myself. And all the work put in to make it the way it should be, wow. Glad they got you involved and didn't just make it "modern".
    Can't wait for next week.
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Posts: 1,092Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Thanks, @JohnPricken!

    And for those who missed it, here's the newsletter this week.

    And here's how you can sign up to receive our newsletter each Thursday morning.
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Posts: 5,866Member
    Great job, great story. Congratulations on a job well done.
  • HenryHenry Posts: 907Member
    There is one 8 floor condo that has a Paul System in Montreal.
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,676Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Thanks, John. I appreciate that, and the kind words about the newsletter. That's 100% Erin, though. I haven't written that one since I retired in 2016. She's better at it than I ever was.

    Hug your kids.
    Retired and loving it.
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,676Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Thanks, Jim.
    Retired and loving it.
  • gardenweaselgardenweasel Posts: 24Member
    This was fascinating! Thank you Dan.
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,676Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Retired and loving it.
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 10,548Member
    Lovely article -- thank you Dan! Especially for someone like me, who devotes their time to restoring and maintaining the old, to be enjoyed by the present and the future.

    But those last four paragraphs sadden me... what is it @Steamhead always says?

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

    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,676Member, Moderator, Administrator
    And he's right, Jamie. Thanks.
    Retired and loving it.
  • frankkellyfrankkelly Posts: 2Member
    thanks Dan that was a great read about New York City and Steam Heat. for people who do not know New York City and its
    history with steam it was fascinating, Thanks.
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,676Member, Moderator, Administrator
    @frankkelly thanks for reading me!
    Retired and loving it.
  • BumpyHedBumpyHed Posts: 6Member
    The History we Leave Behind Us is the History we will discover in front of Us. My Fellow Heat Men Have Spoken. And I am with them.
  • BradHotNColdBradHotNCold Posts: 31Member
    Dan, thanks for this fascinating history lesson. Frankly, I think it deserves wider recognition. Have you ever sent this to the New York Times Magazine? I do believe it is the type of story they might jump on. All the best...
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,676Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Thanks The Times has written about GSMT many times in the past. This is one of my favorites:

    There really is no other place quite like this one. I't a joy to have Wetstock happen there. Ya snooze, ya lose.
    Retired and loving it.
  • SteamheadSteamhead Posts: 13,052Member

    And he's right, Jamie. Thanks.

    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
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