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DanHolohan
DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
I published The Lost Art of Steam Heating 30 years ago this week. Thanks for reading it!
Retired and loving it.
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  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,157
    edited July 2022
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    I think you must have been in your early 20s then. :D I know I was still a teenager when you signed my copy.
    :D

    80 is the new 50s. Just with more doctors, walkers, and pills.

    Edward Young Retired

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

    PC7060
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    Ed, I felt older then than I do now! 😂
    Retired and loving it.
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,157
    edited July 2022
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    WOW. I'm number 16000. :)

    Edward Young Retired

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

    mattmia2PC7060
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    Thanks for sticking with me for all these years, Clammy. It means a lot. 
    Retired and loving it.
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,767
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    Ditto to everything @clammy said.
    reggi
  • JohnNY
    JohnNY Member Posts: 3,244
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    That book changed my career path. 30 years ago I was 23 years old, already with 10 years in the field. I hated plumbing and working with my father and brother and learning about steam and hydronic heating lifted me to another level that even they knew had to be acknowledged and cultivated. Dan got that ball rolling and my family made me a great mechanic over the years.
    Contact John "JohnNY" Cataneo, NYC Master Plumber, Lic 1784
    Consulting & Troubleshooting
    Heating in NYC or NJ.
    Classes
    mattmia2PC7060HVACNUT
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    Warms my heart, guys. Thanks. 
    Retired and loving it.
  • Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
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    I'd call that book a sea change, not only for me, but hydronics in general. Perfect timing, Dan!
    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
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    Thanks, Alan. It was a bit nervous-making when the printer delivered 5,000 copies to our living room. 😳
    Retired and loving it.
    PC7060
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    You’re my favorite! 😘
    Retired and loving it.
    mattmia2Erin Holohan HaskellTinmanEdTheHeaterMan
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    Aww, shucks, Larry. Thanks!
    Retired and loving it.
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • Paul Pollets
    Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,658
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    I wouldn't have started my business without Dan's encouragement. He made me enthusiatic about what could be done with hydronics, and how to do it right. His books were the foundation of modern hydronics.
    DanHolohanmattmia2
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    Thanks, Paul. I always believed in you. 
    Retired and loving it.
    Paul Pollets
  • RayWohlfarth
    RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,532
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    Thirty years? That amazing Your book has helped so many people including myself. Thanks for all you did and having the courage to do The Lost Art.
    Ray Wohlfarth
    Boiler Lessons
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    Thanks, Ray. That book has made so many friends for me over the years, so many experiences, and in so many places! It's been a great ride.
    Retired and loving it.
  • RayWohlfarth
    RayWohlfarth Member Posts: 1,532
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    It will help many generations to come Thanks for all you have given to this industry Im glad your father didnt work for an electrical wholesaler
    Ray Wohlfarth
    Boiler Lessons
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    😂
    Retired and loving it.
  • MarjPinard
    MarjPinard Member Posts: 11
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    As a child, we had a house with steam heat, I loved it. As an adult, our first two houses had forced hot air and I just hated the on and off, could never feel warm. Our next house, the one I am in today since 1973, has STEAM HEAT and lovely radiators. I love it, I love the constant feel of warmth in our brisk winters. I bought Dan's book and watch his columns because a) I learn from it, and b) I so enjoy his writing. I just wish there were some real steam heat people in our area --- one of the best reasons for me to read his books and listen to all of you.


    Alan (California Radiant) ForbesEdTheHeaterMan
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    Thanks!
    Retired and loving it.
  • Leo
    Leo Member Posts: 770
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    WOW, I got in the field at an older age in 96. Around 97 or 98 I found the first Holohan site. I was looking to learn steam and that's how it all began. Now part time for the last three years and total retirement next week the 27th.
    Alan (California Radiant) ForbesPC7060EdTheHeaterMan
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    Congratulations, @Leo! So glad you made it. 
    Retired and loving it.
  • Rick T
    Rick T Member Posts: 16
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    The Lost Art was useful to my students in classes for 2 decades (hopefully longer as they continued to use their old text books!). Thanks Dan!
    Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    That makes me very happy, Ric. Thanks!
    Retired and loving it.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,950
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    As a child, we had a house with steam heat, I loved it. As an adult, our first two houses had forced hot air and I just hated the on and off, could never feel warm. Our next house, the one I am in today since 1973, has STEAM HEAT and lovely radiators. I love it, I love the constant feel of warmth in our brisk winters. I bought Dan's book and watch his columns because a) I learn from it, and b) I so enjoy his writing. I just wish there were some real steam heat people in our area --- one of the best reasons for me to read his books and listen to all of you.


    Where are you located?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,950
    edited July 2022
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    I got my first copy of Lost Art sometime in the mid to late 1990s. Prior to that I had found some of what we now call Dead Men's Books, but they were hard to read. Their authors had a lot of knowledge, but weren't so good at getting that knowledge across.

    Lost Art fixed all that. As I read through the book, light bulbs kept coming on- "oh, THAT'S what they were talking about!". Long story short, when I checked back in with the Dead Men, I got a lot more from their works. And, much to The Lovely Naoko's chagrin, I kept getting more of their books.

    @DanHolohan 's gift is that he can take this eyeball-throbbing information and make it not only easy to understand, but entertaining as well. I was turning the pages as if I was reading a good novel.

    With this information, I helped design and build a brand-new one-pipe steam system. It worked great, and the job was featured in "Plumbing & Mechanical" magazine. Some years later, after we started our company in 2005, @Gordo and I replaced the original boiler with a MegaSteam:

    https://forum.heatinghelp.com/discussion/128408/a-very-special-megasteam

    When Dan started what became HeatingHelp.com, I joined up, but there were quite a few other guys named Frank already on the site. So I came up with "Steamhead" in about two seconds. I had no idea it would stick the way it did.

    Later, I attended Dan's seminar at a hotel in Greenbelt, MD. I knew what Dan looked like, but we had never actually met. We had heavy rain all that morning, so even with a jacket and cap you would still get drenched running through the parking lot. So here came this drowned rat up to Dan- "Hi, I'm Steamhead". As the day went by, Dan changed his lecture to say Ed Bratton was no longer the last man to install one-pipe steam as was written in Lost Art- Steamhead was. That distinction didn't last long, as @Dan Foley and others did the same.

    And the rest, as they say, is history. Thanks, Dan! We wouldn't be who we are without you.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
    mattmia2Alan (California Radiant) ForbesLarry WeingartenErin Holohan Haskell
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,553
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    Thanks for the sweet memories and kind words, @Steamhead. I treasure our friendship. Thanks. 
    Retired and loving it.