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Removing a Bit of Air from a Third Floor Hot Water Radiator: Infrared Video

GordoGordo Posts: 712Member
Most of the time, when I set these infrared videos up, something happens and the "take" is blown: The camera dies. The customer holds their thumb in front of the camera. The pressure dies before the air is fully removed. The barking dogs/children move into the scene, etc etc etc. You only get one chance to capture the moment, or its gone.

You be the judge, of course, but I think I got a good one this time....

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  • Solid_Fuel_ManSolid_Fuel_Man Posts: 1,834Member
    edited October 2019
    Spenders.

    I didnt realize it was a video! Nice!
    Serving Northern Maine HVAC, and Controls
  • Intplm.Intplm. Posts: 1,030Member
    Excellent @Gordo Nice vid. Thanks for sharing.
  • Shane_2Shane_2 Posts: 126Member
    Great video, thank you for sharing
  • GordoGordo Posts: 712Member
    Solid_Fuel_Man: Thank you for your comment!

    I can see why one might miss that the posting above is in fact a video and not just a badly composed, oddly colored still photo not worth more than a passing glance.

    Otherwise, it is just a "vox clamantis in deserto."
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
  • tp tunstalltp tunstall Posts: 63Member
    Really neat gordo, thanks for sharing
    All the best , t.p. Tunstall
  • hot_rodhot_rod Posts: 12,322Member
    You put that camera to good use, thanks for sharing🔧📸
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    The magic is in hydronics, and hydronics is in me
  • ethicalpaulethicalpaul Posts: 1,293Member
    Really great! You could use a tripod and let the customer off the hook :)
    1 pipe Utica 112 in Cedar Grove, NJ, 1913 coal > oil > NG
  • tomhaeusslertomhaeussler Posts: 8Member
    Really cool to see how the water flows through the rad I wish I would have had a video like this a few years ago when arguing with a salesman about why I should re pipe the rads when doing a steam to hot water conversion in a really old and very nice house to prevent the pipes from freezing in the winter
  • HotanCoolHotanCool Posts: 53Member
    Cool video. I mean,Hot video. :)
  • GordoGordo Posts: 712Member
    edited October 2019
    "Really great! You could use a tripod and let the customer off the hook"

    Well, I usually have the customer hold the camera so they can see the immediate results of what I am doing for them, a sales tool, if you will. I exaggerated a bit about thumbs in the way (but not by much)!
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
  • GordoGordo Posts: 712Member
    @tomhaeussler : I know what you mean! This FLIR has been an eyeopening experience.

    I'd had never suspected that flowing water would react that way in a partly filled radiator. Usually, when the pressure drops and air seeps into the radiator on the top floor, AND the supply is at the top, the flow stops and the radiator is cold. Period. Well, now I know its not quite that simple.

    I'm sure eventually if pressure kept dropping, the flow would stop and the radiator would go cold.

    I wonder why the Dead Men did that top supply thing anyway on top-most floors?
    At least if you lose pressure over the season, and you have both hook-ups at the bottom, you won't totally lose flow unless you had a major problem.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
  • woobagoobawoobagooba Posts: 41Member
    May I ask which FLIR model you used? I think I need want one :)
  • GordoGordo Posts: 712Member
    edited October 2019
    @woobagooba: I'm using the FLIR One Pro.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
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