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  1. When I was a boy, but I got over it :) My Dad...

    When I was a boy, but I got over it :)

    My Dad was a real Union tinner, but I still can't build an offset on the bench and forget about a vaned elbow!
  2. I installed a Rheem furnace and AC for my brother...

    I installed a Rheem furnace and AC for my brother 15 yrs ago. Easy to service and still going strong.
  3. Radiate the basement floor and consider panel...

    Radiate the basement floor and consider panel radiators instead of fin-tube baseboard. The lower operating temperatures will make the new condensing boiler happy.

    When we design hydronic systems...
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    Please go on...

    Please go on...
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    Yes, but why guess? Have an ACCA Manual 'J' heat...

    Yes, but why guess? Have an ACCA Manual 'J' heat load done before you switch. This also an excellent way to choose a contractor to do it, since the best contractors insist on doing the math before...
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    There is no substitute for hydronic heating. We...

    There is no substitute for hydronic heating. We design and install both but when it gets cold outside radiant heating is more comfortable, quieter and when done properly costs less to operate than...
  7. The thermal mass of your cast iron radiator is 10...

    The thermal mass of your cast iron radiator is 10 times that of the towel radiator you want. First the heat load and then a radiator compatible with the radiation controlled on the same thermostat....
  8. You have a system running under design...

    You have a system running under design conditions. A wet head's wet dream.

    All motors want to run. The blower on my furnace has been going for the last 13 years of it's 20 year life.

    My pump...
  9. That's call scorched air. If you want comfort you...

    That's call scorched air. If you want comfort you install radiant heating.

    Heating the lower level will not effect comfort on the upper level unless the floor boards are expose e.g. unfinished...
  10. I stand corrected, but still wouldn't do it to...

    I stand corrected, but still wouldn't do it to save 1 or 2 dollars US. Seriously.

    We are leaning towards PP depending on the application.

    Tinners get away with everything...
  11. The only saving you will get is that from taking...

    The only saving you will get is that from taking the load off from the basement. It will be the most comfortable part of the house.

    I would advise after comparing propane to electrical costs. We...
  12. Listen to JB. Cell core is fine on the intake...

    Listen to JB.

    Cell core is fine on the intake but no gas-fired appliance in N. America is approved for cellular core PVC or ABS. You could kill yourself and others.
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    How much do you spend heating water? What do...

    How much do you spend heating water?

    What do you think you save by decreasing the heat loss from the water heater by 3%?

    Listen to the oil tech. He is trying to save your life.
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    A condensing boiler will have outdoor reset...

    A condensing boiler will have outdoor reset built-in and thrives on low temperature radiant floors. Just make sure it is not too big for the load.
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    We average one a month and will double that this...

    We average one a month and will double that this year. It will turn a regular or condensing tank-type water heater into a combi. Perfect for low loads or micro-zones.
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    Unless you have internal loads e.g. lighting,...

    Unless you have internal loads e.g. lighting, plasma, computers, the loads both heating and cooling will be in the single digits.

    Exhaust ventilation would be the max needed though dehumidifier...
  17. Tankless water heater... Steam is certainly...

    Tankless water heater...

    Steam is certainly the answer. Too bad you don't have radiant floors. I can keep my ERV on, take a shower, stay warm...
  18. More bad advice. It should be obvious by now...

    More bad advice.

    It should be obvious by now that every good HVAC system begins and ends with an accurate ACCA Manual 'J' heating and cooling load analysis performed on dedicated software...
  19. I have a hot roof over my 1921 remodel. 6" of 2#...

    I have a hot roof over my 1921 remodel. 6" of 2# foam in the attic and 3" in the dormer roof and walls. Works perfectly here in Minneapolis.

    No vent required.

    All is dictated by climate....
  20. Glowcore made one of the first, and the very...

    Glowcore made one of the first, and the very first that also made domestic hot water with an indirect, (about 10 years before the Complete Heat) I installed one in 1987.
  21. Though air-to-air heat pumps can operate at lower...

    Though air-to-air heat pumps can operate at lower temps than ever, my Mitsubishi operates down to 2C, but when it gets real cold you will need something else. With wood as your primary I would use...
  22. Nonsense. Electric boilers are statistically very...

    Nonsense. Electric boilers are statistically very low maintenance. Particularly when sized and installed properly. The only advantage that electric baseboard has over any other space heating...
  23. I would not drive this boiler across the street....

    I would not drive this boiler across the street. It is toast and unsafe regardless of the creative heat recovery in the hearth.

    The subject is mute since, as HVAC states; "landlord".
  24. This boiler is beyond its serviceable life and...

    This boiler is beyond its serviceable life and must be replaced in any case. Ask the landlord when it will be done and contact city housing authority to make sure a permit is pulled before they start.
  25. When doing the factory start-up on NTI boiler, or...

    When doing the factory start-up on NTI boiler, or any boiler for that matter, the qualified technician should record the static gas pressure and the manifold pressure before and during ignition to...
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    Great link, but none of these ModCons qualify, as...

    Great link, but none of these ModCons qualify, as their minimum fire rate far exceeds the design heat load of this modest abode.

    I was thinking Polaris, Vertex and the like.
    ...
  27. Let's not confuse efficiency with cost of...

    Let's not confuse efficiency with cost of operation or comfort.

    Electricity is sometimes the best solution for space heating since the cost of fuel differs from region to region and country to...
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    Radiant heat is the most efficient, most...

    Radiant heat is the most efficient, most comfortable and the least intrusive of any appropriate heat source for this small space, since existing floors are heated from below with extruded aluminum...
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    The mechanic is inept. Pump inverted, pipe size...

    The mechanic is inept. Pump inverted, pipe size too small, air eliminator likely on the wrong side of the pump. We always read, understand and follow the manufactures' installation manual. This...
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    We designed a radiant floor retrofit for a client...

    We designed a radiant floor retrofit for a client in San Francisco last year. She uses a DHW heater to radiant the floors and bath water. There is a sub-system to separate DHW from space heating....
  31. First, it is the installer, not the brand, that...

    First, it is the installer, not the brand, that you want to start with. The fact that your installer agreed to install the QuietSide in the first place speaks volumes and is reflected in his current...
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    No, I'm getting batty from the long hours. Going...

    No, I'm getting batty from the long hours. Going to sleep now, never mind me...
  33. We design hydronic systems all over N.America...

    We design hydronic systems all over N.America including Alaska. A good installer with service, a Nest ,a neighbor and you are all set.
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    To make things worse, my European customers call...

    To make things worse, my European customers call water heater "boilers".
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    And typically sport a one year warranty.

    And typically sport a one year warranty.
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    It is also relatively crude, but does qualify as...

    It is also relatively crude, but does qualify as better-than-nothing.

    We tell people to use the Manual "J", or lack thereof, as the first qualifier when looking for new boiler bids from their...
  37. I am with Pec on this one since I have one in the...

    I am with Pec on this one since I have one in the stairway heating 2000 sq.ft. here in Minneapolis.
  38. No smart guy does a ACCA Manual 'J' long hand. He...

    No smart guy does a ACCA Manual 'J' long hand. He or she will do it on a computer and hand you the results. Naturally the heat load is not free and the contractor may show you an sample of his loads...
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    I have had the fan on full time in my house for...

    I have had the fan on full time in my house for the last 10 years of the 17 it has ran.
  40. Dan has it. You don't want someone or even...

    Dan has it.

    You don't want someone or even many "one's". You want the one that can produce an ACCA Manual "J" heat load. Ask the on the phone if they can send you a sample and if they will produce...
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    First, Lennox does not make boilers, it is a...

    First, Lennox does not make boilers, it is a Dunkirk. The boiler does seem a bit undersized--second time in ten years I've said that--and without return water temperatures above 130F the boiler will...
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    We have installed nearly every...

    We have installed nearly every modulating/condensing (ModCon) boiler and indirect-fired water heater available including Lochinvar Knight and the new Bosch combi-boilers. As indicated, installation...
  43. The rust comes from the lack of proper flushing...

    The rust comes from the lack of proper flushing and treatment in radiant heating PEX.

    The manifold is a Wirsbo/Uponor Jr. and made for closed-loop radiant floors. The PEX is Wirbo He-Pex with an...
  44. No leaking is allowed. Get if fixed. Fill the...

    No leaking is allowed. Get if fixed. Fill the system to a tested pressure and leave it alone. If you can't get the air out, it is likely piped incorrectly. Professional help is in order.
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    Well put and; I think it pays to know the...

    Well put and; I think it pays to know the difference between EPA, read--overreaching Federal government vs. trade skills. The test is for tracking refrigerant and sending threatening correspondence....
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    That is a good story. After 40+ years, plumbing,...

    That is a good story. After 40+ years, plumbing, heating, cooling, wiring...all I can say is DITTO and I am still looking for a few good men like you.
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    That's why the make engineers. It is an industry...

    That's why the make engineers. It is an industry specific application and certainly not the first. I would talk the project manager. Marine standards would apply considering the salty environment.
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    Dryer flex vent. ThermoFin is is sub-floor...

    Dryer flex vent. ThermoFin is is sub-floor radiant panel.
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    Radiant floor heating in the great room. Cooling...

    Radiant floor heating in the great room. Cooling registers and returns should be high and close to the loads i.e. windows and perimeter.
  50. Our design office does ACCA Manual 'J' and 'N'...

    Our design office does ACCA Manual 'J' and 'N' heat loads for clients all over the world. Just send a drawing calling out windows, insulation and the floor plan.
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