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Header has no pitch

Snowmelt Member Posts: 1,295
A friend of a friend called me about an hour ago, said header didn’t have a pitch. No drop header which wasn’t that big of a deal. From the risers had a elbow going into a 4 inch nipple. Used both risers with something like a 14 inch pipe connecting them , from there , there are two take off with small nipples separating them. Then another 4 inch nipple to go down into the return. The question is , there was no pitch either way so I don’t think any water was collecting, the supply take off were hot .... just not going to second floor.
The question is a perfectly straight header, will that be a reason for steam not to travel properly


  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 17,190
    Not really. It's not ideal, but that large a header shouldn't be a factor if, as you say, the takeoffs go up.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • Snowmelt
    Snowmelt Member Posts: 1,295
    That’s what I thought............. there is something else going on, possible not skimmed correctly .
  • neilc
    neilc Member Posts: 1,478
    Skimming = what's the water look like and does it bounce?
    Riser to 2nd floor not getting hot(?) = need venting up there somewhere, or at the main, after that riser / end of main.
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 9,007
    Are we talking 4" long nipples or 4" in diameter nipples/piping?
  • Snowmelt
    Snowmelt Member Posts: 1,295
    4 inch long by 2 inch wide nipples
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 10,397
    If there was water in the header you would likely hear the problem. Level should be fine if the header and the risers are the right size and configured correctly