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Interesting Hot Water Manifold

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New England SteamWorks
New England SteamWorks Member Posts: 1,521
edited November 2018 in THE MAIN WALL
I just received some advanced photos for a hot water job I am going to look at soon. The manifold looks quite interesting, and I am wondering if anyone has any insights? Looks like I should be able to convert it to 3 zones, right now it is just one. There's a big expansion tank in the ceiling, which we'll of course remove.









Thanks!
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  • Solid_Fuel_Man
    Solid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 2,646
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    Wow, nice cast from the gravity past! The three points of connection to the compression tank are neat too. Would get all the air to the tank somewhat effectively.
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    STEVEusaPA
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
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    ...There's a big expansion tank in the ceiling, which we'll of course remove...

    Rut-roh...I wonder who has something to say about it...lol

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    JUGHNECanucker1Matthiasrick in Alaska
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,467
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    Looks like the boiler has been replaced before? Nice collectible piece, that header.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • Solid_Fuel_Man
    Solid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 2,646
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    @STEVEusaPA that was at the forefront of my mind as well!
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    STEVEusaPA
  • New England SteamWorks
    New England SteamWorks Member Posts: 1,521
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    I am guessing there has been more than one replacement boiler since the original...
    New England SteamWorks
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  • New England SteamWorks
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    We haven't done a water boiler in a very long time, and we really didn't enjoy all the purging and radiator bleeding. Still, it was a pleasant change in the routine, and came out nicely.

    It's a wrap!




    New England SteamWorks
    Service, Installation, & Restoration of Steam Heating Systems
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  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,467
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    That's quite a piece, judging by the gauge, it is old, old!
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • Solid_Fuel_Man
    Solid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 2,646
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    Well you didn't paint your new copper brown to match! Steam guys.......
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    New England SteamWorksCanuckerSeanBeans
  • kcopp
    kcopp Member Posts: 4,448
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    What is there to prevent the boiler from condensing? I imagine w/ that much water content it will be in condensing mode for a good while.
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
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    Look at you 'slumming it' with a water boiler... Looks nice.
    Is that exp tank ok hanging like that?

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  • The Steam Whisperer
    The Steam Whisperer Member Posts: 1,219
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    I'd be worried about the size of the compression tank too. If that's the typical gravity system, especially with columnar rads, they hold a lot of water. Fortunately they don't get too hot usually, but a tank bigger than a #30 usually is needed. I have had to use floor mounted tanks or 2 to 3 #30, or 60's in some systems.

    Steam can be a lot easier to installed in many ways.... you don't have to watch out for condensation or cold or hot shocking nearly as much.
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    kcopp
  • Solid_Fuel_Man
    Solid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 2,646
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    I just think those steam guys are not used to figuring the weight of water in their pipes! Think of the whole system as a wet return....minus the corrosion!
    Serving Northern Maine HVAC & Controls. I burn wood, it smells good!