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Been a very quiet year so far

Dave0176Dave0176 Member Posts: 1,109
Managed to get a steamer in but the warm winter has basically made people forget about their boilers. Oh well this business ebbs with the weather. Installed a Weil-McLain EG40, cleaned up some piping and that’s that.








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  • SuperTechSuperTech Member Posts: 1,304
    That looks like a work of art! Nicely done.

    I agree about the winter being a huge disappointment. I'm already doing A/C service. Much rather be working on boilers.
    Dave0176
  • ratioratio Member Posts: 2,353
    That's a heck of a nipple kit to carry around!
    BillyOB_Sloanemattmia2Dave0176
  • Hap_HazzardHap_Hazzard Member Posts: 2,263
    Does anybody do swimming pool plumbing in the spring & summer? That seems like it would be a good sideline for the off season.
    Just another DIYer | King of Prussia, PA

    1983(?) Peerless G-561-W-S | 3" drop header, CG400-1090, VXT-24
  • GroundUpGroundUp Member Posts: 963
    That's unfortunate, what do you do to fill your time? I got 4 boilers and 17,000 sq ft of radiant tubing installed in January and then broke my ankle snowmobiling early February, still 3 more weeks until I can walk but I've got almost 30,000 feet of tubing and 11 more boilers sold when I can get moving again, the boom never really stopped around here. I only do radiant and I only work weekends (fulltime elsewhere) so it's a bit of a niche market.
  • EBEBRATT-EdEBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 6,950
    @Dave0176
    Nice job as usual
    Dave0176
  • ethicalpaulethicalpaul Member Posts: 1,577
    Looks great @Dave0176 !

    Was the old boiler in a hole? Or was that hole in the floor patched long ago? Do you usually put your boilers on blocks or set them on the floor? Mine is on blocks but I have no idea why :sweat_smile:
    1 pipe Utica 112 in Cedar Grove, NJ, coal > oil > NG
  • Tom_133Tom_133 Member Posts: 684
    I find that from now til they light the wick on the summer craziness, I try to fit in all the clean and tunes I can. Then they are done.
    Tom
    Montpelier Vt
  • JUGHNEJUGHNE Member Posts: 6,797

    Mine is on blocks but I have no idea why

    Could have been to raise the water line if you had some drips that would have ended up above the new water line.

    Probably most likely to just get the boiler off the floor in the event of wet floor.
    I put all tanks and boilers up on at least 4" thick solid blocks.
    Sometimes called equipment pads or housekeeping pads.

    mattmia2ethicalpaul
  • mattmia2mattmia2 Member Posts: 1,205
    Oh, there was a boiler that was there before the floor at some point.

    The blocks are great to help keep the boiler(or other equipment) off the floor a bit and keep it from getting damp or wet from moisture or leaks/backups in the basement.

    I put my indirect on blocks so I could put a pan under it and have the pan be uphill from the floor drain. The floor sort of slopes away from the floor drain...
  • Dave0176Dave0176 Member Posts: 1,109

    Looks great @Dave0176 !

    Was the old boiler in a hole? Or was that hole in the floor patched long ago? Do you usually put your boilers on blocks or set them on the floor? Mine is on blocks but I have no idea why :sweat_smile:

    I’d say the boiler was installed before the basement floor was poured, because under the boiler was the dirt floor.
    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
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    ethicalpaul
  • Dave0176Dave0176 Member Posts: 1,109
    ratio said:

    That's a heck of a nipple kit to carry around!

    Well it’s either that or thread your own nipples, which is time consuming. I have the nipple chuck for when it’s needed though.
    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.......
    BillyOB_Sloane
  • Dave0176Dave0176 Member Posts: 1,109

    Does anybody do swimming pool plumbing in the spring & summer? That seems like it would be a good sideline for the off season.

    Air Conditioning will be starting up, I have three replacement jobs in que, and multiple condenser cleanings which usually start around the second week of April, the last couple years no because it was so cool, but we'll see what this springs brings.
    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.......
    GroundUp
  • Dave0176Dave0176 Member Posts: 1,109
    Tom_133 said:

    I find that from now til they light the wick on the summer craziness, I try to fit in all the clean and tunes I can. Then they are done.

    Yes first 90 degree day and all hell breaks loose. Then suddenly everyone wants me to go up in their unventilated attic’s, lol.
    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.......
    BillyOethicalpaulSuperTech
  • mikeg2015mikeg2015 Member Posts: 1,178
    Some late start new construction projects have been keeping us busy. New construction is rare around here. Almost as rare as boilers. Been the mildest winter I can remember since moving ot Iowa in 2004. Been slow otherwise.
  • Hap_HazzardHap_Hazzard Member Posts: 2,263
    Dave0176 said:

    Air Conditioning will be starting up, I have three replacement jobs in que, and multiple condenser cleanings which usually start around the second week of April, the last couple years no because it was so cool, but we'll see what this springs brings.

    You probably already know this, but pools use heaters or heat pumps, and they need maintenance. When I had to repair my heat pump, I had a hell of a time getting the manufacturer to sell me parts. They wanted me to call a "qualified" service technician.
    Just another DIYer | King of Prussia, PA

    1983(?) Peerless G-561-W-S | 3" drop header, CG400-1090, VXT-24
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 13,775

    @Dave0176
    Nice job as usual

    This.
    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.
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  • Intplm.Intplm. Member Posts: 1,136
    @Dave0176 Great looking job.
    Like the fourty five degree angles and the drop headers.

    A real clean look.
    ethicalpaulSuperTech
  • dopey27177dopey27177 Member Posts: 286
    Really a beautiful job,

    Why no pipe insulation on the new work.

    Jake
  • caywltzcaywltz Member Posts: 10
    What a great job, you must be professional B)
    SuperTech
  • New England SteamWorksNew England SteamWorks Member Posts: 1,352
    Very nice Dave!

    Warm weather means steam boiler block corrosion not readily apparent. Symptoms resemble normal make up water amounts....

    Those jobs aren’t gone.

    They are just sleeping.

    Waiting for the next Polar Vortex.


    New England SteamWorks
    Service, Installation, & Restoration of Steam Heating Systems
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  • PrecaudPrecaud Member Posts: 307


    Warm weather means steam boiler block corrosion not readily apparent. Symptoms resemble normal make up water amounts....

    Could you elaborate, please - why not readily apparent?
    1950's Bryant boiler in a 1-pipe steam system at 7,000 ft in northern NM, where basements are rare.
  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 10,874
    > @Precaud said:
    > (Quote)
    > Could you elaborate, please - why not readily apparent?

    In warmer weather I don't add any water so I'm confused as well.
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • FredFred Member Posts: 8,418
    @Precaud , he probably means during warm weather the heat cycle isn't long enough or frequent enough for an abnormal water loss (above the boiler water line) to be apparent.
  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 10,874
    > @Fred said:
    > @Precaud , he probably means during warm weather the heat cycle isn't long enough or frequent enough for an abnormal water loss (above the boiler water line) to be apparent.

    My Burnham V8 was losing water just doing domestic hot water all summer long.
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • FredFred Member Posts: 8,418
    ChrisJ said:

    > @Fred said:

    > @Precaud , he probably means during warm weather the heat cycle isn't long enough or frequent enough for an abnormal water loss (above the boiler water line) to be apparent.



    My Burnham V8 was losing water just doing domestic hot water all summer long.

    I can see that happening. I was thinking heat only in the winter months. It would be more obvious when the boiler also provides hot water for the household.
  • New England SteamWorksNew England SteamWorks Member Posts: 1,352
    When it’s really cold out the boiler is running constantly and any leak will require constant additions of water. When the temp drops below 20 the phone rings off the hook around here with “We constantly have to add water to our boiler”.


    New England SteamWorks
    Service, Installation, & Restoration of Steam Heating Systems
    newenglandsteamworks.com
  • Dave0176Dave0176 Member Posts: 1,109
    Little update, just went through the last 10 days with Coronavirus and I’m now starting to feel better, however could still be a few more weeks before I can work because of still being contagious. Thank god it wasn’t a severe case. Was very tough to breath for about 7 days, thought about going to the hospital a few times but I was able to weather through it. Been stuck in my bedroom with My wife basically taking orders and leaving stuff on the floor in front of the door. Can’t wait till it’s over.
    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.......
    ethicalpaulHap_Hazzard
  • FredFred Member Posts: 8,418
    Get well soon @Dave0176 !
    Hap_HazzardDave0176
  • ethicalpaulethicalpaul Member Posts: 1,577
    Wow Dave I'm glad you were able to get through it without going to the hospital!
    1 pipe Utica 112 in Cedar Grove, NJ, coal > oil > NG
    Dave0176
  • Intplm.Intplm. Member Posts: 1,136
    @Dave0176 So glad to hear you are on the mend. Hope its over for you soon.
    Hang in there.
    Dave0176
  • Erin Holohan HaskellErin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,294
    I'm so glad you're ok, @Dave0176.
    President
    HeatingHelp.com
    Dave0176
  • PrecaudPrecaud Member Posts: 307
    You're an artist with the pipe, glad you're still with us.
    1950's Bryant boiler in a 1-pipe steam system at 7,000 ft in northern NM, where basements are rare.
    Dave0176
  • New England SteamWorksNew England SteamWorks Member Posts: 1,352
    We need you Dave! Get well and get back!


    New England SteamWorks
    Service, Installation, & Restoration of Steam Heating Systems
    newenglandsteamworks.com
    Dave0176Hap_Hazzard
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 13,775
    Fred said:

    Get well soon @Dave0176 !

    Wow Dave I'm glad you were able to get through it without going to the hospital!

    Intplm. said:

    @Dave0176 So glad to hear you are on the mend. Hope its over for you soon.
    Hang in there.

    Intplm. said:

    @Dave0176 So glad to hear you are on the mend. Hope its over for you soon.
    Hang in there.

    I'm so glad you're ok, @Dave0176.

    Precaud said:

    You're an artist with the pipe, glad you're still with us.

    We need you Dave! Get well and get back!

    These!
    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
    Double DHap_Hazzard
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