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Copper NBP

Zipper13
Zipper13 Member Posts: 229
My boiler is in OK shape thanks to this site, but I am still always on the lookout for competent steam people for when we hit something that just needs a pro ( expect to replace boiler and NBP in less than 10 years).

I came across this photo in a local company's portfolio of work. To my eye the piping seems to follow what I would generally expect from a diagram, but the copper and the fittings bother me.
This strikes me as quality piping work by someone with attention to detail, but not quality steam piping.
This was a red flag for me.
Am I correct to write them off for big jobs like replacements and repiping, but perhaps give them a shot for for other stuff like burner cleaning/maint?

I don't own this photo, so it may not be OK for me to post it here.

New owner of a 1920s home with steam heat north of Boston.
Just trying to learn what I can do myself and what I just shouldn't touch

Comments

  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,506
    Quality work, but wrong. If you've been on this site for a while, copper on the header is not good, especially press, and the venting is wrong by code and best practices.
    steve
  • The Steam Whisperer
    The Steam Whisperer Member Posts: 1,214
    Steam piping does not follow the manufacturer's requirements for configuration, the exhaust venting is wrong and the gas piping also is probably not right ( dirt leg looks too short).
    To learn more about this professional, click here to visit their ad in Find A Contractor.
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,390
    If they don't know why you don't use copper for steam supply piping, there are a lot of other subtleties that you need to know to make a quiet, comfortable, durable, and efficient steam system that they also don't know.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,710
    Someone actually got paid to do that.... amazing...............
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • Zipper13
    Zipper13 Member Posts: 229
    Steamhead said:

    Someone actually got paid to do that.... amazing...............

    They also seemed very proud of the work. Had it prominently shown as evidence of their steam boiler replacement portfolio.

    They come recommended by several in town, so I may give them a chance for plumbing and gas stuff as needed. But I'm glad that you all seem to have the same reaction as me on this job.
    New owner of a 1920s home with steam heat north of Boston.
    Just trying to learn what I can do myself and what I just shouldn't touch
  • dopey27177
    dopey27177 Member Posts: 887
    This is a first for me to see.
    The work is nice and shinny, it makes this installers ignorance stand out like 1000 watt stop light.

    Jake
    ethicalpaulluketheplumber