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Steam Professionals In/around Grand Rapids Michigan

Since I have gotten such great help on this board I figured I would try my luck. My mother has a house with 2 pipe steam (lucky her). She got swindled by some pesky plumbers trying to fix a radiator (you can tell there work based on the blue monster pipe dope). Just curious who the good guys are up there.

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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 16,604
    That area seems to be a black hole for steam people. Don't know why.

    You are probably the nearest expert in residence...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • Lard
    Lard Member Posts: 115
    edited November 2020
    As a fellow Ohioan (properties in Bellefontaine and Lima/Findlay), I consider the whole of Michigan one giant pothole, not just a black hole! 

    Joking aside, the further north you go, the harder it is to find anyone unless you go east towards Cleveland. Even in Bellefontaine, the local contractors all said to switch to hot water rather than keep the steam (ignoring that all but 4 of the 40 radiators are steam only...)


  • Dayton_Dude
    Dayton_Dude Member Posts: 49
    I was hopeful the university (state or otherwise) would mint some kind of steam person. This isnt entirely surprising... but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask. 
  • WMno57
    WMno57 Member Posts: 202
    While surfing Craigslist I found this

    Radiators floor heat registers for boiler - $50 (se grand rapids)

    https://grandrapids.craigslist.org/for/d/grand-rapids-radiators-floor-heat/7234282659.html

    In the text of the ad:
    "They were in use up until recently when renovations took place and heating was upgraded to forced air."

    Call the ad, lowball him $20 for his "obsolete" radiators, and go visit Mom.

    Ask Seller for Name of Contractor who did the "upgrade". It's a safe bet they would not be right for your Mom's steam system.
  • Dayton_Dude
    Dayton_Dude Member Posts: 49
    Holy Toledo batman. I am ok on rads atm... but geez
  • Lard
    Lard Member Posts: 115
    edited November 2020
    WMno57 said:
    While surfing Craigslist I found this Radiators floor heat registers for boiler - $50 (se grand rapids) https://grandrapids.craigslist.org/for/d/grand-rapids-radiators-floor-heat/7234282659.html In the text of the ad: "They were in use up until recently when renovations took place and heating was upgraded to forced air." Call the ad, lowball him $20 for his "obsolete" radiators, and go visit Mom. Ask Seller for Name of Contractor who did the "upgrade". It's a safe bet they would not be right for your Mom's steam system.
    Heh.  “Upgraded” to forced air. “Heat registers”

    I could use a few more radiators about that size at the church, but not so sure my old beater one-tonner truck would make it that far (if it did, 8mpg hurts...) Everything I have found locally is a bit small for my ideas... there is a 2600 sq ft room that is severely lacking in heat and big radiation is called for. 

    Dreams....
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,766
    @Lard , fly up there and rent a U-Haul to take them back.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
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  • Dayton_Dude
    Dayton_Dude Member Posts: 49
    Flights are cheap... also the guy "upgraded" to forced air. 
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 3,677
    You could make a hot water loop off of the steam boiler for the addition.

    Maybe @motoguy128 knows of steam people in GR. institutions have their own internal people that maintain their steam, might have commercial contractors that understand steam.
  • kevinj_4
    kevinj_4 Member Posts: 91

    Since I have gotten such great help on this board I figured I would try my luck. My mother has a house with 2 pipe steam (lucky her). She got swindled by some pesky plumbers trying to fix a radiator (you can tell there work based on the blue monster pipe dope). Just curious who the good guys are up there.

    Please contact me. I know a very good steam guy in Grand Rapids.
  • WMno57
    WMno57 Member Posts: 202
    I was a Michigander. Don't know of a steam guy in GR, but here is an interesting link:

    District Steam Heating in Grand Rapids
    http://www.historygrandrapids.org/article/2334/brief-history-of-the-grand-rap

    Instead of wet steam how about a wet burrito? Very tasty!
    https://beltlinebar.com/
    ethicalpaul
  • kevinj_4
    kevinj_4 Member Posts: 91
    I have worked on that system and dined at the Beltline!!!
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 3,089
    Me too...well the Beltline part haha

    I lived in Kalamazoo for 26 years. I wish I were still there so I could lend a hand.
    1 pipe Peerless 63-03L in Cedar Grove, NJ, coal > oil > NG
  • Dayton_Dude
    Dayton_Dude Member Posts: 49
    I think we are set. backed by popular demand its find the problem
  • Dayton_Dude
    Dayton_Dude Member Posts: 49
    Though I have yet to try beltline bar. Their other places are pretty good