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I have been reading many posts here and thank all that have answered previous posters with helpful info. Hopefully you guys have some answers for me as well!
I just moved into an old family home that my grandparents owned. My grandfather worked on the 1 pipe steam system but passed in 1990 well before I knew I was going to move into the place. Built in 1918, the original boiler was removed and a Bryant boiler was installed in 2007. I have been doing some searches and have purchased the Bible that I am slowly making it through.
This spring I found the system was hammering quite a bit. Later I found that I had 17 gallons of water that was causing the hammer - that I ended up draining. I also found the system main wasn’t plumbed properly. At the transition from 2” to 1” (condensate) there is the main system vent valve. Of course this valve looks like hell due to all of the turbulence at that juncture. From reading the Bible this vent should be about 15” or more from this transition which I plan on fixing soon.
I have several radiators in the system that are heating up but not completely. When I put my infared gun on them the first couple fins maybe 130 dogs F or more and the others are at 65F. While another radiator on the same loop is reading 210F on all of the fins. Any thoughts on why this is?
When I goto fix my main venting issue, I also plan on taking the condensate lines and dropping them below the floor in a trough I installed (so they are still accessible / serviceable - if needed) to get them out of my head space. My basement has a 7’ ceiling and I am 6’3”. These condensate lines are currently at about 5’8” which is annoying to say the least. Ultimately the only change to the system would be dropping the pipe 2” or so further than they are now to the Hartford loop. I don’t believe there are any issues with this but not 100% sure. Thoughts?