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Trap or strainer?

Mike_SheppardMike_Sheppard Member Posts: 276
edited January 7 in THE MAIN WALL
Is this a steam trap or a strainer? It’s on the condensate return just before the feedwater tank. Never seen one like it.

If it’s a trap it’s coming out!
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  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 850
  • Mike_SheppardMike_Sheppard Member Posts: 276
    > @Erin Holohan Haskell said:
    > Photo?

    A photo might help a little... my bad!

    Photo added to main post
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  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 9,430
    Looks an awful lot like a strainer to me... complete with a little drain port to allow flushing out the collected goop.

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  • Mike_SheppardMike_Sheppard Member Posts: 276
    @Jamie Hall that’s what I am thinking. But I am not 99% sure. Perhaps I will just take it apart. If it’s a strainer it probably needs to be cleaned and if it’s a master trap it needs to be removed.
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  • Mike_SheppardMike_Sheppard Member Posts: 276
    edited January 7
    Someone I know mentioned this may have been a strainer on a vacuum system, and something may have been connected to the top.

    Now I’m wondering if it used to be a vacuum system. Is there a way to tell other than counting the EDR and comparing supply/return pipe sizes?

    Has anyone ever re-installed a vacuum pump system before?

    Edit: Building was built in 1917. Could it have had a mechanical vacuum system?
    Never stop learning.
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 4,755
    looks strainerishto me
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