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1870s home in Illinois. New owner.
Bought a big old house in central, IL. I have been reading "The Lost Art" and trying to figure out my 1 pipe steam system. Thankfully the previous owners removed the asbestos off of the hundreds of feet of piping. I just ordered a bunch and that will be my first task. I have had a few different people look at it and have had conflicting information and it just seems like no one knows anything about these things. I have been picking our heating professionals brain from work and it turns out he is a fan of Dan's and has been to some of his talks. Glad I found someone who knows what they are talking about. The previous owners installed a new huge Lennox boiler. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.
Looks like I need to blow down the low water cutoff once a week during the heating season? Still learning. I have a little bit of water hammer that I hope will go away with the insulation. We love how toasty it feels. Might buy some Varivalves and a Big Mouth or two. Still trying to learn. I have a thermal imaging gun and some of them are not all lit up like I would like them to be. Luckily, all 15 or so radiators were removed, blasted, painted, and re-valved so they should be in decent shape for their age. Radiators are all from St Louis. Was definitely installed before 1915 that I can tell by reading old newspaper clippings. One of the escutcheons says 1884.
Anyways, here is a picture. I will take and post some more and I am sure I will have plenty more questions. I ordered a few hundred feet of insulation 1" thick. House is 4,000 sqft.