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RyanNYC
RyanNYC Member Posts: 9
edited November 2021 in Strictly Steam


I have a one-pipe system on a Slant Fin GXH series.

I have a lot of interest in steam wanting to learn the RIGHT way. Tips and/or suggestions on this photo.

I reckon I should insulate the piping

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  • Hap_Hazzard
    Hap_Hazzard Member Posts: 2,846
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    Make sure the header is at least 24" above the water line.
    How's the steam quality? Any problems?
    Just another DIYer | King of Prussia, PA
    1983(?) Peerless G-561-W-S | 3" drop header, CG400-1090, VXT-24
  • RyanNYC
    RyanNYC Member Posts: 9
    edited November 2021
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    @Hap_Hazzard The steam quality seems okay. I recently just replaced some vents on the header and the radiators which helped out dramatically. The one thing I think I'm unsure about is the lower portion of the hartford loop where the drain cock is. The make-up water is piped there as well.

    I also added 8 way chemical earlier this year.
  • neilc
    neilc Member Posts: 2,703
    edited November 2021
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    https://heatinghelp.com/store/detail/we-got-steam-heat-a-homeowners-guide-to-peaceful-coexistence
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    https://heatinghelp.com/store/detail/the-lost-art-of-steam-heating
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    https://heatinghelp.com/store/
    holidays are here , , ,

    we've seen far worse,
    looks good enough,
    cept,
    hartford loop should be a close nipple,
    safety valve should pipe down to 6 inches from floor,

    are you having issues?

    insulation is your friend, all steam carrying pipes, including at the boiler,



    known to beat dead horses
  • Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
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    You will get some flak from others about that nipple between the Hartford Loop and the equalizer. It should be as short as possible because water can sit on the horizontal surface and create problems.
    8.33 lbs./gal. x 60 min./hr. x 20°ΔT = 10,000 BTU's/hour

    Two btu per sq ft for degree difference for a slab
  • RyanNYC
    RyanNYC Member Posts: 9
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    @Alan (California Radiant) Forbes I can see how that could potentially be an issue, thanks for that, noted.
  • Hap_Hazzard
    Hap_Hazzard Member Posts: 2,846
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    RyanNYC said:

    The steam quality seems okay. I recently just replaced some vents on the header and the radiators which helped out dramatically.

    I think you're confusing the header with the steam main. The header is the horizontal pipe that goes from the supply riser to the equalizer. Make sure the bottom of that pipe is at least two feet above the water line.
    Just another DIYer | King of Prussia, PA
    1983(?) Peerless G-561-W-S | 3" drop header, CG400-1090, VXT-24
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,544
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    @Hap_Hazzard

    Just eyeballing the sheet rock on the wall looks like he is well over 2'. Hartford loop needs fixing though
  • RyanNYC
    RyanNYC Member Posts: 9
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    @EBEBRATT-Ed Fix the Hartford loop in what way ? 
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,670
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    That ~6" horizontal nipple should be a street ell or a close nipple, it is a place for water to collect and meet steam and cause hammer.
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,544
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    What @mattmia2 said.

    That will fix the hartford loop
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 7,852
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    This might help explain stuff

    Edward Young Retired

    After you make that expensive repair and you still have the same problem, What will you check next?

    mattmia2