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Meeker Mansion Restoration

Paul Pollets
Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,508
This was my favorite project of my career. I'm glad I had the resources to record and save a bit of heating history.

Alan (California Radiant) ForbesIronman

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  • Paul Pollets
    Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,508
    I would do a few things differently today, like use a variable speed pump. Those cast iron boilers are built to last, with parts still available, and I'd probably have a good debate over using a condensing boiler.
  • EzzyT
    EzzyT Member Posts: 1,201
    Paul thanks for sharing this.
    Paul Pollets
  • Robert_25
    Robert_25 Member Posts: 406
    Wow! Very well done video, wonderful home, and an impressive heating system.

    I would not do anything different with the heating system. When the building is irreplaceable and not inhabited all the time, there is a lot to be said for reliability.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Paul Pollets
  • TAG
    TAG Member Posts: 614
    edited February 2021
    Nice -- when I did a Stone victorian in Chestnut Hill PA ... used the Buderus panels. Same -- The third floor was for the help and laundry w/ little heat.
    Paul Pollets
  • heathead
    heathead Member Posts: 189
    Paul,

    Very nicely done. Fun to watch, you can see your passion come to light.
    Paul Pollets
  • Grallert
    Grallert Member Posts: 531
    What a great project! Nicely done.
    Paul Pollets
  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 6,868
    Great job on both the hydronics and the video.
    You’re much better than Bob Villa.
    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
    Paul Pollets
  • JUGHNE
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 9,759
    Excellent presentation and workmanship!

    How lucky are you that, that spud wrench worked, and also unscrew the valve from the riser, after 100+ years?
    Paul Pollets
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 15,977
    Superb job on both pipes and production! Thanks so much for sharing this with us. 
    Retired and loving it.
    Paul Pollets
  • Mike_Sheppard
    Mike_Sheppard Member Posts: 682
    edited February 2021
    This is a dream job! I would absolutely love to do something like this one day.

    Amazing work!
    Never stop learning.
    Paul Pollets
  • Shahrdad
    Shahrdad Member Posts: 117
    That was so wonderful to see!! Thank you Paul.

    S.
  • Voyager
    Voyager Member Posts: 364
    Excellent project and video record of it. Ok, admit it, you loosened that valve ahead of time and then took it off for the video, right? :)
  • PaulHeng
    PaulHeng Member Posts: 1
    Wonderful video!
  • Paul Pollets
    Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,508
    Voyager...It so happened that all of the old radiator valves came off without any problems. I like it when that happens.
    VoyagerJUGHNE
  • Voyager
    Voyager Member Posts: 364
    That’s amazing.
  • rick in Alaska
    rick in Alaska Member Posts: 1,362
    That was a great video Paul, and a very nice project.
    Question: How do you keep those white shirts so clean during demo????
    Rick
  • Paul Pollets
    Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,508
    Oh, the shirts got dirty...I assure you.
    rick in Alaska
  • Bob_127
    Bob_127 Member Posts: 2
    Nice video. It was nice to include the tour. I did not see the returns for the radiators. Am I missing something? Thanks.
  • Paul Pollets
    Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,508
    All of the radiators have returns. It was a 2 pipe gravity system originally.
  • Shahrdad
    Shahrdad Member Posts: 117

    All of the radiators have returns. It was a 2 pipe gravity system originally.

    Just curious, but was there ever a a gravity system that functioned with one pipe? Or were they all two pipe systems? I know hot and cold water can stratify in big pipes, but don't know if anyone ever tried do to a whole water system that way.
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 15,977
    Retired and loving it.