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I have been reading the posts on the wall for some time and have found them very interesting and helpful. I have been working on my grandmothers 81 year old steam system, gradually getting it working better than it ever did. There is major pipe pitch problems on the long main of the house. Due to this it takes longer for the steam to get through the pipes. Since i am a rookie at this my family won't let me get too deep into touching anything. I know that the system really needs repiping but they won't let me touch it and money doesn't want to be spent because the heat "Works good". Anyways the end of the long main goes into a 90 degree elbow into a T. At the top of the T there is a riser connected to a long pipe that goes to the kitchen - the last radiator to heat (Which has a new Gorton C). On the other side of the T is the connection to the dry return. The dry return turns and has up on a T an extended pipe for two vents. The pipe with the main vents is realitively close to the main. I currently have one gorton #1 installed and a plug in the other hole. My question is what vents should I have there? and due to the placing of the vents would this cause the steam to favor the return instead of the kitchen radiator ? There is also a water log problem in this area due to the bad pitch, I can hear it swishing in the pipes. The boiler loses water due to this problem at a very slow rate, when the system runs longer due to cold weather or a long thermostat call the, water comes back to the boiler with some water hammer. Any help would be appreciated.
Michael J. Cascio