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Beautiful sunset with Mt. Tamalpais in the background. Oh, but what's that in the foreground. It's a bird, it's a plane; no............it's an outdoor hydronic heating system. Wall of Shame material?


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  • Alan (California Radiant) ForbesAlan (California Radiant) Forbes Member Posts: 1,552
    edited December 2018
    Approved outdoor components?

    This was installed in 2007; not by me.

    How long would it last where you live?



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  • VoyagerVoyager Member Posts: 131
    It depends on when it was installed. The first winter freeze would take it out. Could last 6 months or could last 6 hours if installed in January. 😂
  • STEVEusaPASTEVEusaPA Member Posts: 2,424
    edited December 2018
    Couldn’t even imagine standing on that roof with the San Francisco wind.
    Does the system have glycol?
    steve
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 12,535
    The heat loss from that mess must be phenomenal. You can't fix stupid!
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  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 4,695
    At least he wired the pump with sealtight!!
  • Solid_Fuel_ManSolid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 1,272
    Hmmmm, my used milk jug which I fill with drinking water every morning was frozen when I got it out of the van at break time...

    Its amazing that circulator and manual reser high limit last in the rain.

    But hey they didn't use PVC for venting!
    Master electrician specialising in boiler and burner controls, multiple fuel systems, radiant system controls, building controls, and universal refrigeration tech.
  • We went there this morning and saw that they fabricated plastic covers for the pump and aquastat to stay dry.

    To tell you the truth, I was impressed and would have never thought it would have lasted 10 years. They even had an SR501 pump relay out there in a metal cabinet.
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  • FredFred Member Posts: 7,254
    nibs said:

    Gonna show that pic to my boiler and tell that it will be put outside if it misbehaves.

    Everytime I threaten my boiler or my cars, or anything else in this house, it calls my bluff.
  • Solid_Fuel_ManSolid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 1,272
    I just show my boiler my cutting torch. If it soots up or otherwise misbehaves I'll make it into a tractor weight, all while pointing to the tractor.

    Mod/cons are much more sensitive, threatening them to be made into a SS plate exchanger for DHW where the mineral content is very high usually straightens them out. But their circuit boards seem to the real misbehaviors, they are very strong willed.... diesel engine controllers with lots of heat and vibration has been my threat and has seemed to straighten them out.
    Master electrician specialising in boiler and burner controls, multiple fuel systems, radiant system controls, building controls, and universal refrigeration tech.
  • HVACNUTHVACNUT Member Posts: 1,710
    edited December 2018
    It's been open to the weather for 10 years?
    Not even a plywood shed and a 40w light bulb?
  • HVACNUT said:

    It's been open to the weather for 10 years?

    Not even a plywood shed and a 40w light bulb?

    Naked......in the raw.......totally exposed.

    We make our boiler rooms tough out West!

    At $1,000 per square foot in the Bay Area, homeowners can't afford to allocate living spaces to mechanical rooms.
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  • nibsnibs Member Posts: 127
    Perhaps they tell it that if it keeps behaving for another 10 yrs, they will let it come inside to use the bathroom.
  • Solid_Fuel_ManSolid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 1,272
    Well that puts new light to rooftop unit!
    Master electrician specialising in boiler and burner controls, multiple fuel systems, radiant system controls, building controls, and universal refrigeration tech.
  • FredFred Member Posts: 7,254
    nibs said:

    Perhaps they tell it that if it keeps behaving for another 10 yrs, they will let it come inside to use the bathroom.

    It's outside, it can take a leak anytime it wants! :D
  • Le JohnLe John Member Posts: 91
    those poor little boilers exposed to the elements like that. Pure abuse.
  • nibsnibs Member Posts: 127
    Alan should have immediately reported this to the
    Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Boilers.
  • fixitguyfixitguy Member Posts: 77
    Looks kinda like a pool heater with the exhaust on top.
  • SnowmeltSnowmelt Member Posts: 1,040
    im sure you all know thats a tankless water heaters. not even a boiler
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