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Dead Men Tales: The Jal Fitting

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HeatingHelp Posts: 490
edited August 9 in THE MAIN WALL



The Jal Fitting

In this episode, Dan Holohan tells the story of Irwin “Jal” Jalonack and his decision to use hydronic radiant heating in 18,000 Levitt homes in the 1940s and 50s.

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Comments

  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 3,336
    edited August 3
    So, @DanHolohan, I guess you could say that baseboard radiators were the "Get Out of Jal" card in the '60s and 70's. ...but it was not FREE!

    Do you ever wonder how many of those still have original, working, floor heat with that fitting.

    Do you ever wonder if HASBRO has ever considered making a Levittown version of the Monopoly board?

    Do you ever wonder if anybody remembers Andy Rooney?

    And if they did make a Levittown Monopoly game, Do you ever wonder if you could put up a hotel in Forsythia Gate or Vermilion Hills?

    I Think Not

    Edward Young
    Retired HVAC Contractor from So. Jersey.
    Services first oil burner at age 16
    P/T trainer for EH-CC.org
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,072
    This is the 70th house completed. I’ve heard that about 5% still have radiant heat. 
     
    Retired and loving it.
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,072
    Of course! Thanks. 
    Retired and loving it.
    DanHolohanmattmia2
  • ggerg
    ggerg Member Posts: 4
    I enjoyed that story immensely, it cleared up stories I heard over the years about Levittown from my father who was also a builder in those days in Westchester county.
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,072
    Thanks!
    Retired and loving it.
  • ChrisHawkins
    ChrisHawkins Member Posts: 5
    I wish I still radiant in the slab, it was nice on cold mornings.

  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,072
    When did you abandon it @ChrisHawkins?
    Retired and loving it.