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Something old, something new

heretic
heretic Member Posts: 159
I really like the 'through the slab' wiring. I'm sure it took some 'pre-pour' planning to accomplish that, but very neat results.

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  • Mark Lee
    Mark Lee Member Posts: 6
    Something old, something new

    Our project of installing the new boiler in the "Mansion" is finally complete. The owner wanted a system that fit with the age and character of the home, and, well that's what we tried to do. I think it turned out well.

    Everything was piped in iron, with the water feed to the system and expansion tank piped in brass. Rising stem gates, gate valves for boiler drains, even numbered brass valve tags.

    We kept the old 4" lever-style shut-off valve on the main supply and re-installed the original motor with new pulleys and cables, just like its old coal days.

    I wanted the housekeeping pad, and it only seemed natural to tile it, and add a threshold with a floor drain in the center.

    The customer loves old gauges, and donated some he had collected over the years. A local wholesaler had some NOS temperature gauges that completed the look.

    All modern componets, auto-fill, zone relays, etc, were mounted in another room, out of sight.

    It's piped with the house and radiators as the 'Primary' loop, and the boiler as the 'secondary'. A thermostatic three-way tee gives low-temp protection, and a two-stage thermostat provides for constant circulation. The numbers are beautiful. The third pump is for the indirect tank, installed outside the room.

    It was a lot of fun, but do I ever have an appreciation for those 'dead men' who worked every day of their trade with screwed steel pipe!

    Tim

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  • kevin_5
    kevin_5 Member Posts: 308
    It's a work of art Tim

    I know a man who says, "A thing of beaty is a joy forever."
    I'm impressed with the tile base under all that artwork too. Please tell me, how long did the work we see in the picture take you to do? Not including coffee breaks and lunch ;-) I'm always curious to see how I would bid the time for something like that. Maybe you could break it down for us. So many hours sitting thinking about it, and so many (maybe less) hours to do it. Thanks, Kevin

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  • Absolutely beautiful!

    I love the juxtaposition of old and new.

    Brass valve tags - way cool.

    Are those "pushbutton" switches down by the pumps? From "creative accents"? We installed some in our entry hall and hope to do the dining room and parlor next.

    How did you make the pump motor support "cradles"?

    The tile is definitely appropriate.

    Mark
  • chuck shaw
    chuck shaw Member Posts: 584
    Dont you love

    a customer who likes what we do, as much as we do. And is willing to get involved and give a little bit of a freehand to you. Plus he added to the job. Great work. Lucky customer to have found the right man for the job.

    Chuck

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  • Dave Palmer_3
    Dave Palmer_3 Member Posts: 388
    wow

    that is a pretty setup,the best equipment with the best look,great job,Dave
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,727
    That

    > Our project of installing the new boiler in the

    > "Mansion" is finally complete. The owner wanted

    > a system that fit with the age and character of

    > the home, and, well that's what we tried to do.

    > I think it turned out well.

    >

    > Everything was

    > piped in iron, with the water feed to the system

    > and expansion tank piped in brass. Rising stem

    > gates, gate valves for boiler drains, even

    > numbered brass valve tags.

    >

    > We kept the old 4"

    > lever-style shut-off valve on the main supply and

    > re-installed the original motor with new pulleys

    > and cables, just like its old coal days.

    >

    > I

    > wanted the housekeeping pad, and it only seemed

    > natural to tile it, and add a threshold with a

    > floor drain in the center.

    >

    > The customer loves

    > old gauges, and donated some he had collected

    > over the years. A local wholesaler had some NOS

    > temperature gauges that completed the

    > look.

    >

    > All modern componets, auto-fill, zone

    > relays, etc, were mounted in another room, out of

    > sight.

    >

    > It's piped with the house and radiators

    > as the 'Primary' loop, and the boiler as the

    > 'secondary'. A thermostatic three-way tee gives

    > low-temp protection, and a two-stage thermostat

    > provides for constant circulation. The numbers

    > are beautiful. The third pump is for the

    > indirect tank, installed outside the room.

    >

    > It

    > was a lot of fun, but do I ever have an

    > appreciation for those 'dead men' who worked

    > every day of their trade with screwed steel

    > pipe!

    >

    > Tim

    >

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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,727
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    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
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  • Paul Pollets
    Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,656
    What happened?

    To the electric water heater?? Nice Job!! Give Tom my regards!! Paul

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  • Mark Lee
    Mark Lee Member Posts: 6
    Thanks,

    for all the positive feed-back. A lot of our work is done in a vacuum, so it's nice to have a place to showcase a project now and then.

    The push-button switches were supplied by the owner. I'm not sure where he got them, but he is installing them through-out his home. They are a nice touch for the pumps.

    The pump cradles are 1/2" floor flanges, 1/2" nipples, and a 1/2" coupling we welded onto part of a two-hole steel pipe bracket.

    The ground work was labor intensive, but no way did I want conduit coming down from the ceiling. To do the layout, I mocked up the complete system on the floor to get all the measurements.

    A lot of work, but when I see the end result, worth it.

    Tim



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