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Boiler rooms keep getting smaller and smaller .......

Ken D.
Ken D. Member Posts: 836
Good job as usual.


  • This was today's joyous job

    This wasn't the location for the original boiler . The homewner had it moved from the middle of the house to the front . 3 zones of baseboard . Within minutes of showing up , the lady of the home -

    1 - told us sternly she didn't want our trucks leaking in her driveway .

    2 - told us she does not want anything staining her new carpets , the ones right up the the boiler room door .

    3 - told us she paid too much .

    Well , I always do my best in these situations .
  • Burnham RSA 125

    We used 3 zone valves , hidden to the left of the boiler . This was really a one man job . Tony and Danny were there to cut pipe , clean fittings , make the wires , and they saved me hours of work . Still I'm exhausted .

    Oh yeah , after all was done , the homeowner actually said we did a good job . Suprised the cra* out of me . Believe me , all her concerns were legit , but the tone taken towards us , before we even started , put us on a downer . But anyway , alls well that ends well .
  • Michal
    Michal Member Posts: 213
    And to think I

    was bitching today when the architect on a school project I a designing took back 1'-11" of his wall.

    Thats a excellent retrofit, nice job ;-)

    Ron, Where does the boiler get its combustion air from???
  • Simply Rad_2
    Simply Rad_2 Member Posts: 171
    Tiny Mechrooms

    YEa they are all getting very small! My last project did not even have a wall in the garage. Hopefully the car never hits the tank!
  • Michal
    Michal Member Posts: 213

  • J.C.A._3
    J.C.A._3 Member Posts: 2,981

    I don't know how you do it. Captain Shoehorn is also a DIPLOMAT ! I know what it takes to keep the muttering to a mere grumble....

    Nice job brother ! The last one was a major breakthrough too. I will have to say it's the first time I saw you use PEX. Are the powers that be finally figuring this out?

    BTW, The definition of diplomacy....Being able to tell someone to go to hell, and actually have them looking forward to the trip! Nice work Ron. Chris
  • Michal

    there 2 openings in the brick wall . One is directly to the outside , and theres a larger opening to the right . Plenty of air to keep the burner running smooth .

    What'd the architect leave you with after he shaved off the 1 foot 11 ? Thanks Michal .
  • Nice install Jeff

    Do you have to install stanchions in front of the system , per any code ?
  • We did our best

    to get on her good side . I heard her talking to her daughter on the phone , vacationing in Florida , so I struck up a conversation about that . Then Danny and Tony jumped in with tales of the South . I think we won her over towards the end of the day when I bet Danny he couldn't do 20 pushups in the driveway ( he did a grand total of 14 1/2 ) . She was watching from the living room with a smile on her face .

    Pex is my bestest friend now . What a timesaver . And this is coming from someone who just might love copper more than Big Ken . The powers that be realize now how valuable a product it is for us . Still working on the IFC pumps , we seem to only get 6 at a time and that goes out the door in one day easily .

    Thanks alot Chris .
  • Constantin
    Constantin Member Posts: 3,796

    I remain amazed at what you manage to do in these tight spaces!

    Where the before picture spoke volumes about the willingness (or lack thereof) of the previous installer to get pipes, electrical, etc. straight and plumb, maintenance crews will be thanking you for years to come on the above...

    It's also nice to hear of a homeowner that appreciates all the hard work you put into her heating system. Presumably, she can tell the difference between all sorts of stuff slapped together at crazy angles vs. the meticulous job you executed.

    Just one question: Does the expansion tank have to come off to clean the boiler?
  • Weezbo
    Weezbo Member Posts: 6,232
    Ron, soon you will be able to install a boiler In the Chimney

    Thereby saving even more space *~/:)...

    nicely done...your ability to ,...Think... the install.., is the quality that stands out and shines on every one of the boilers i have seen you post...
  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
    Of Course she said nice job.

    You are RON !

    Sir Shoehorn !

    King of the Install !

    Hey did you tell her she was being charged while he did the pushups ? :)

    Take some Ibuprophen and enjoy the long weekend Pal.


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  • don_144
    don_144 Member Posts: 27
    Ron Jr

    as always amazed me with his boiler project and, how he replys to post,and now something I have never been able to do.

    Keeping the walls white.

  • lchmb
    lchmb Member Posts: 2,997

    I feel bad now. Here I have been fishing all week while on vacation and your still stuck (literarlly) in a corner..:) Excellent job per the norm!! Have to love the customers who start off on the right foot.

    Here's my son's showing what you can do with a little space!!
  • I'm hoping

    the new technology I saw at BNL a few years ago will come to pass in my working lifetime . The wallhung oil fired units look amazing . They could make an actual closet of that boilerroom someday . Thanks alot Weezbo .
  • Price on the bet

    was $5 .

    Seeing the lady of the house watch on with interest - free .

    Watching Danny get so red in the face at pushup number 9 and almost pass out ...... PRICELESS .

    The next day they all bet I couldn't do 20 pushups in the shop . I won a whopping $13 , but it sure wasn't worth the hurt . Then , feeling good about myself , I decide to challenge Tom to an arm wrestling match . Tom is 6 foot 4 , maybe 300 pounds of rock . Lets just say it was an embarrasing 3 seconds for me ..... I told him we're gonna wrestle every morning till I win . I get the feeling it's gonna be a long , hurting summer for my arm .

    Thanks alot Scott .

  • I think

    it's just the right thing to do . If someone takes the time to respond to my work , they deserve more than a 3 word response . And I can also share the things that go on while the job is in progress .

    Our trick to keeping the walls white ? Diluted Spray 9 . Gotta dilute it or it'll take the paint off with the smudges . Thanks for your post Don .
  • Lucky kid

    Where'd he catch it ? Hope you're having a great time on vacation .

    Funny thing is , the next day we worked for a couple in their late 60s , went really out of their way to accomodate us . They let the AC run while we had the front door open , kept asking if we wanted water or lunch , and gave us a tip . From one extreme to the other in one day .

    Thank you Lchmb
  • lchmb
    lchmb Member Posts: 2,997
    We went

    We went to the dock's at Wentworth by the Sea. The charter was Sushi Hunter. The captain of the boat, Doug, was an incredible guy. We had done a private charter on a smaller boat but because of 3 ft swell's he decided to take us out on his larger boat (48 footer). No extra charge for the larger boat and really took us everywhere he could think of to catch fish. That man made a customer for life in me with excellent service!! Glad your next day went better, funny how our job's go from one extreme to the next..:)
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