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Steam replacement

Dave0176Dave0176 Posts: 1,073Member
Started another steam replacement today, had a new helper, my 9yo apprentice. He did a great job and he worked hard today.

Old boiler was a 18yo Pennco 1606 187,000 BTU for only 430 EDR. Piped wrong as usual.




Anyway I went in with a Weil-McLain EG-50. There is a possibility the under floor return is leaking, I put the hydro level water feeder in so we monitor the water situation.
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NJ Master HVACR Lic# 4630
Specializing in Steam Heating, Serving the residents of New Jersey
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  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Posts: 6,029Member
    The old boiler was only 81% oversized. You can see they left the two black tees from the original boiler and went with copper.

    At least you took pity on the youngster and let him use an aluminum wrench!!
  • Phil53Phil53 Posts: 67Member
    Hopefully your apprentice will develop the same passion for this work that you have. Glad you are exposing him to working with his hands besides using a controller in a video game. I think a lot more kids would be interested in the trades if they just had a little exposure. These kids aren't lazy, they just don't know anything else.
  • AMservicesAMservices Posts: 443Member
    Very nice work! Hope your boy continues to follow in your foot steps. We need all the good steam guys we can get.
  • New England SteamWorksNew England SteamWorks Posts: 1,262Member
    Very nice @Dave0176! My new apprentices have to wait 90 days before getting a uniform though...


    New England SteamWorks
    Service, Installation, & Restoration of Steam Heating Systems
    newenglandsteamworks.com
  • gerry gillgerry gill Posts: 2,957Member
    outstanding! teaching a solid work ethic young will make him wealthy later :) Nice looking job he is doing too!
    gwgillplumbingandheating.com

    Serving Cleveland's eastern suburbs from Cleveland Heights down to Cuyahoga Falls.

  • Dave0176Dave0176 Posts: 1,073Member
    Thanks everyone he did a great job for the first time and his enthusiasm is great for this work, for now anyway, I’m hoping it lasts. Anyhow the job is complete.




    DL Mechanical LLC Heating, Cooling and Plumbing 732-266-5386
    NJ Master HVACR Lic# 4630
    Specializing in Steam Heating, Serving the residents of New Jersey
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/dl-mechanical-llc

    https://m.facebook.com/DL-Mechanical-LLC-315309995326627/?ref=content_filter

    I cannot force people to spend money, I can only suggest how to spend it wisely.......
  • BobCBobC Posts: 4,995Member
    The advantage of a young helper is they have not had time to acquire bad habits,

    That is one great install.

    Bob
    Smith G8-3 with EZ Gas @ 90,000 BTU, Single pipe steam
    Vaporstat with a 12oz cut-out and 4oz cut-in
    3PSI gauge
  • ShalomShalom Posts: 126Member
    edited May 2018
    I hope you're explaining to him what was wrong with the old piping, rather than just "well that's the way it is". If your "apprentice" is anything like my son, he'll want to know why. (As every tech who's worked in my house finds out...)
  • delta Tdelta T Posts: 783Member
    I started when I was nine, good memories. Still going strong! Very nice install, glad to see someone teaching the next generation, and glad he's got a good teacher.
  • Dave in QCADave in QCA Posts: 1,737Member
    I also hope you are explaining to him exactly why you install the piping the way you have, and each slight change that another installer might do, and why it would not be as good.
    A PERFECT installation there and a true work of art.
    Dave in Quad Cities, America
    Weil-McLain 680 with Riello 2-stage burner, December 2012. Firing rate=375MBH Low, 690MBH Hi.
    System = Early Dunham 2-pipe Vacuo-Vapor (inlet and outlet both at bottom of radiators) Traps are Dunham #2 rebuilt w. Barnes-Jones Cage Units, Dunham-Bush 1E, Mepco 1E, and Armstrong TS-2. All valves haveTunstall orifices sized at 8 oz.
    Current connected load EDR= 1,259 sq ft, Original system EDR = 2,100 sq ft Vaporstat, 13 oz cutout, 4 oz cutin - Temp. control Tekmar 279.
    http://grandviewdavenport.com
  • gerry gillgerry gill Posts: 2,957Member
    thats a fine looking install that no one can top. I'd put that on a canvas print and hang it in the young mans room so he can be proud of it for years to come!
    gwgillplumbingandheating.com

    Serving Cleveland's eastern suburbs from Cleveland Heights down to Cuyahoga Falls.

  • SnowmeltSnowmelt Posts: 1,101Member
    Instead of the brass pigtail I see you fabricated your own. Can you take a closer pic so I can show some of my coworkers. With the explanation of the clean outs.
  • New England SteamWorksNew England SteamWorks Posts: 1,262Member
    Great job and a fabulous looking install @Dave0176 .


    New England SteamWorks
    Service, Installation, & Restoration of Steam Heating Systems
    newenglandsteamworks.com
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