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1936 Two Pipe Steam System - Stamford CT

YE_79YE_79 Posts: 2Member
Hello, looking for recommendations for a reliable and trustworthy mechanic/technician/diagnostician in the area for a 1935/36 two pipe steam system. Just closed on the home and am undertaking a significant renovation. Any steam-heads in this neck of the woods? Thank you.

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  • JUGHNEJUGHNE Posts: 5,778Member
    While you wait, you could post some pictures.
    From what you might learn here you are prepared to vet any potential steam contractors.
  • nicholas bonham-carternicholas bonham-carter Posts: 7,858Member
    edited February 13
    Where is your neck of the woods?—NBC
    Edit-now I see!!- Connecticut
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 10,638Member
    Step one would be to order the book "We Got Steam Heat" -- a good place to start.
    Jamie



    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
  • YE_79YE_79 Posts: 2Member
    I will try to post some pics, but thought you all might get a kick out of the attached/uploaded original specs for the heating system. We were fortunate enough to find the original 1935 architectural drawings and specifications during clean-out and demo. Any ideas for technicians in the area? Fairfield County, Ct.
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 10,638Member
    Ah. Originally a Webster vapour system, I see. A very fine steam system. Unfortunately, also very subject to knuckleheads.

    You might try Charles Garrity ( @Charlie from wmass ) -- I think he has been known to get that far. One of the best.

    In the meantime, make sure that the system cutout pressure is less than a pound -- probably more like 8 ounces. You'll need a vapourstat to do that.
    Jamie



    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
  • STEVEusaPASTEVEusaPA Posts: 3,063Member
    Nice piece of history you have there.
    steve
  • Charlie from wmassCharlie from wmass Posts: 4,070Member
    @Jamie Hall I was just working on a Webster system yesterday I Ascutney VT. They are quite particular about keeping the pressure on the low side.
    Cost is what you spend , value is what you get.

    cell # 413-841-6726
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/charles-garrity-plumbing-and-heating
  • PMJPMJ Posts: 808Member
    Anyone notice the boiler size in the spec compared to the radiation?
  • FredFred Posts: 7,906Member
    edited February 16
    PMJ said:

    Anyone notice the boiler size in the spec compared to the radiation?

    I did, in fact. It looks like when you factor in another 33% piping and pick-up to the Radiation the boiler is still about 25% larger than the connected radiation and this was an oil system so coal wasn't a factor.
    Although the contract does say the Contractor is obligated to verify all measurements/sizes and that the specifications are a general guide. Can't say what was actually installed?
  • Charlie from wmassCharlie from wmass Posts: 4,070Member
    Remember the boiler rating may not have had a pickup factor like we do now. Also they were factoring in for the domestic water production with the taco sidearm.
    Cost is what you spend , value is what you get.

    cell # 413-841-6726
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/charles-garrity-plumbing-and-heating
  • PMJPMJ Posts: 808Member
    Weren't the controls actually more sophisticated than a simple pressure stop? As discussed before it doesn't take a lot more control than that to turn extra boiler into an asset.
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