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EdTheHeaterMan
EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,157
edited May 2022 in THE MAIN WALL
I just was looking for the answer to a query for someone and came across @Steve Minnich old post about "is it ever too late?" to start learning and installing Steam boilers. Steve How many steamers have you worked on since then?

So I decided to look at my first question I ever asked on HH in 2004. https://forum.heatinghelp.com/discussion/74527/yellow-smoke-spot#latest

After I got my answer, I decided to help other with my limited experience. You know... Pay It Forward. Every time I got help, I would try to help someone else or two.

Now that I'm retired, I can be a PIA here more often. LOL

Share your first post here. This will let everyone here realize that we all started somewhere with much less experience than we have today.

Edward Young Retired

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

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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,554
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    Heavens. Here's mine: https://forum.heatinghelp.com/discussion/64292/zoned-vapour-steam-system#latest

    Didn't go that way, but did learn a lot -- and a lot more along the way.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • Tinman
    Tinman Member Posts: 2,808
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    My first post was sometime in the 90’s, likely under the moniker of Tinman. 
    Steve Minnich
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,843
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  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,843
    edited May 2022
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    I came here after reading an article @DanHolohan wrote in Old House Journal on hot water loops in steam boilers.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,948
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    I don't remember my first post- but the site was called danholohan.com back then. There were a bunch of real characters on here- "cheese", "Frank from Philly" (and a bunch more guys named Frank, which is why I took the handle Steamhead) et al- and I remember some folks making a big deal about Vie$$mann boilers having snazzy orange paint jobs.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
    kcoppEdTheHeaterMan
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
    edited May 2022
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    When the site launched in '97, I called the forum Wethead Grafitti. The techie who built the site made the first post. He wrote, "Hello Wetheads. Welcome to The Wall! Have fun writing on it." I had no idea he was going to do that, but by the second day, I had him change the name to The Wall.

    It's been a sweet 25 years. Thanks.
    Retired and loving it.
    In_New_EnglandEdTheHeaterMan
  • PC7060
    PC7060 Member Posts: 1,204
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    Only two years for me since my first post, amazing how much I’ve learned and done since then with the help the expects in this site! https://forum.heatinghelp.com/discussion/179973/design-updates-for-modcon-boiler-in-100-year-old-high-mass-gravity-system/p1
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,335
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    Thanks for being here and for paying it forward.

    Just for fun, here's a timeline of all of the different designs we've had over the years: https://heatinghelp.com/blog/a-timeline-of-heatinghelp-com/

    This year marks our 25th birthday. 🎂 🎉

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

    TinmanEdTheHeaterMan
  • clammy
    clammy Member Posts: 3,113
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    I believe just about 20 years ago . Posted a lot of installs as did Ron jr back then mostly cast iron boilers some steam some hot water both oil and gas and a few mod cons and most all shoe horned in a small space , Ron jr being a master at the art . There was a lot more boiler install pics and plenty of heating hell pics to go along . But looking back a lot has become more common to see but there’s still a lot of short cuts being taken by some and still even more uneducated and no pride in there workmanship guys out there . The over all best thing about this place is Dan’s writing style in which just about anybody can learn being he explains things without the engineers Munbo jumbo in plain and simple English which in most cases is all you need and usually after which you can better grasp a something that can some times be complex to comprehend . Actually it was a friend in the business who I turned onto the lost art first then pumping away who then years later told be about heating help site ,I was a extremely late to the computer age .
    The best memories at the time was having guys in the business who spun a wrench not arm chaired it to bounce ideas and concepts off of being most supplies houses then and now just sell ,it was and still is a great place to learn .
    Peace and good luck clammy
    R.A. Calmbacher L.L.C. HVAC
    NJ Master HVAC Lic.
    Mahwah, NJ
    Specializing in steam and hydronic heating
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    Thanks, Clammy. 
    Retired and loving it.
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,764
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    How do you find your first post? I think I have been here since around 2004
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,157
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    Look at your profile then clic on discussions. there will be a list, go to the bottom then clicl on "read more"

    Edward Young Retired

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

    EBEBRATT-Ed
  • nicholas bonham-carter
    nicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 8,578
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    https://forum.heatinghelp.com/discussion/113985/mysterious-migration-of-water

    Was my first post (I think), about a problem with temporary disappearance of water in a newly installed steam boiler.
    While the solution to the problem did not arrive without much observation, and analysis, the act of describing the symptoms for posting on this site was invaluable in helping me find the cause.—NBC
    mattmia2
  • Paul Pollets
    Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,658
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    I remember when it all started and have enjoyed the knowledge shared and stories told over the years. It's an amazing resource that has helped many people and tradesmen.
    mattmia2Erin Holohan Haskell
  • In_New_England
    In_New_England Member Posts: 130
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    Remember? Sorry no. I have short term memory loss.

    This is a great forum on which I quickly learned a lot of things because of all the great people here. If not for this forum, I would not have known about the great idrionics series. Or about over sized boilers.
    EdTheHeaterManErin Holohan Haskell
  • Voyager
    Voyager Member Posts: 395
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    I am a newbie having joined in 2017. My first post was rather benign as I am not an HVAC professional, just a retired engineer who likes challenges and learning new stuff. When I built a workshop, I had the contractor install pex tubing, but not the rest of the heating system as I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to invest in heating the shop and, if I did, I wanted to try to design and install the system myself.

    After the first winter, I decided the pex was crying out to me so I decided to install the rest of the system. I did a lot of research, here and elsewhere, mainly the very nice manual that Zurn has online. I did a heat loss calculation which gave a surprisingly small (to me at least) number of around 38,000 BTUH for my 32 x 48 x 14’ shop. So, I selected a cc50s as it was about the smallest boiler I could find. And that led to my first post below. Five years later, the little Triangle Tube is working great and heats the shop easily at very low cost. I am not sure how low as my shop is behind the same meter as my home, but my heating bill rose almost an imperceptible amount once I fired up the shop. I should go back and do a winter average to try to determine just how much the shop costs to heat, but the reality is the amount is so small it just hasn’t been worth the effort and I am too busy building an airplane in the shop to worry about it. 😁

    This forum is a fantastic resource and a salute to Dan for creating it and Erin for continuing it.

    https://forum.heatinghelp.com/discussion/163418/triangle-tube-challenger-solo-cc50s-boiler-circulator
    Erin Holohan Haskellmattmia2
  • RayWohlfarth
    RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,532
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    I remember Dan asking me what I thought about an online site when he visited Pittsburgh. I told him we would never go online to find answers. Glad you didnt listen to me @DanHolohan
    Now I recommend it to everyone.
    Ray
    Ray Wohlfarth
    Boiler Lessons
    VoyagerErin Holohan Haskellmattmia2EdTheHeaterMan
  • Hvacman
    Hvacman Member Posts: 159
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    Looks like ‘07 for me. https://forum.heatinghelp.com/discussion/107003/b-g-circuit-setter#latest  My, how the time flies!
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    Ray! 😂
    Retired and loving it.
  • Tim McElwain
    Tim McElwain Member Posts: 4,628
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    I can't remember when I first posted it seems like a long time ago. I guess I am getting old (82 years old).
    EdTheHeaterManrick in Alaska
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,157
    edited June 2022
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    Voyager said:

    ... I should go back and do a winter average to try to determine just how much the shop costs to heat, but the reality is the amount is so small it just hasn’t been worth the effort and I am too busy building an airplane in the shop to worry about it. 😁

    I'm interested in the Airplane. How big is the door to the shop? For that matter, How big is the Plane?
    Passenger airplane or model airplane?

    I built a Ford Model T in my shop.

    Edward Young Retired

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

  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,157
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    I can't remember when I first posted it seems like a long time ago. I guess I am getting old (82 years old).

    I think you must have been the second one to post here, Way before "aught 3". Remember when that meant 1903?

    Is there a difference between "Oh 3" and "Aught 3" ?

    Edward Young Retired

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

  • Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
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    I used to fly up to Washington State to take I=B=R classes because there were no hydronics classes anywhere closer. I was already a plumber, was in awe of what you could do with water and wanted to expand that knowledge to be able to heat houses. I was like a magnet with Dan's books and seminars. When his website showed up, it was like a dream come true.
    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
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • rick in Alaska
    rick in Alaska Member Posts: 1,458
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    According to my first post, it was 2003. I would have sworn I have been on longer than that, but most likely I was just lurking. I try not to say much until I feel that I have a shot at being accurate, and to see how the site works. That could have taken some years.
    Rick
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • SlamDunk
    SlamDunk Member Posts: 1,596
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    Feb-2005 under JoeV. I asked how to go about getting a new boiler since mine cracked and there are no boiler installers down here.
  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 3,361
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    Hi, I had a look at Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/19991128174834/http://www.heatinghelp.com/ and this is what Heating Help looked like in November of 1999. I remember the pipes, but like Rick, my timeline says I came here in 2003, but I think it was earlier. Still, fun to look at the names of those posting on that old Wall!

    Yours, Larry
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    When we transitioned from the first site we lost the posts made earlier. The technology of the time was what it was. 
    Retired and loving it.
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • delta T
    delta T Member Posts: 884
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    Just checked, looks like my first post was in 2014 just as google bought nest asking if anyone had used nest yet. Funny how most of the concerns raised in that post came true, still see people complaining about nests :D

    I will say it was pretty cool looking back through all my old posts and seeing the progression as I got more experience and learned more and more over the last 8 years. This site is so good for all of us.

    @DanHolohan I'm sure you don't remember this, was many many years ago, before heating help I believe, but my father called you once to ask about a steam system he was working on. He had LAOSH and somehow got your phone number. He was having problems with return water coming back, had checked all the stuff regarding venting, 'A' dimension, pressure etc...but was still having a problem. After 5 mins of him explaining what he had checked you said "Your return is plugged." My dad said he really didn't think it was that, but would check it. You responded "call me back when you unplug the return". Welp two days later he called back and told you......the return was plugged :D.

    Thanks to you and Erin and everyone on this site for creating and furthering such an amazing resource for all of us!
    Erin Holohan Haskellmattmia2EdTheHeaterMan
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    Thanks, @delta T. I was a lot smarter then. 😉
    Retired and loving it.
    EdTheHeaterManSolid_Fuel_Man