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pipe insulation

Hi, just rec'd and read the book "We Got Steam", and must say its worth 4x the price for doofuses like me! Have been plagued with water hammers, spitting, cold spots etc... after the install of our NEW boiler. Our crack plumber didn't insulate one pipe! Since reading the book I learned that I needed to do that, so promptly wrapped every pipe within the system and am happy to report it (the system) is much better.
My question is: Do I need to wrap the returns as well? I already did, but started thinking did I do any harm?
I have a long way to go b4 this system works really well, but b4 I call another plumber, I'm trying to do as much as I can myself. I've pitched the radiators, drained the gunk from the boiler and now wrapped the pipes and it has made a major difference in my 130 year old rambling farmhouse. I have already picked out a steam guy from your website when I finally break down and can't do any more myself. After paying the last shmoe a fortune for mediocre performance, I have to save up for the next real pro.
Thanks for a great resource and great book! Sorry for the long message!
Mike in North Easton, MA


  • jackchips_2
    jackchips_2 Member Posts: 1,338
    Hi Mike,

    someone else will more than likely answer your questions. I have one suggestion. You mentioned having picked out a steam expert and will call when you need him. Why not call now and pay for an expert evaluation of what you have.

    This way you'll get some advice as to the condition of what you have, what you can do and what the "Pro" can do to improve the overall system. Even more important, you'll build a relationship before you need it. You'll have a face and personality to go with a name and so will your steam guy.

    More than worth the cost of an evaluation visit. Good luck.
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