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    Post your combustion results. That'll lead to the...

    Post your combustion results. That'll lead to the answer.
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    Plumber and venting

    Brand new renovation project. House was gutted and redone.

    I thought most licensed plumbers understood how to properly pitch a vent. Maybe some of them don't know which way, though.

    And, do...
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    Pressures are useless without temperatures to go...

    Pressures are useless without temperatures to go along with them. There could be a long list of causes, but you need a technician that can measure superheat, subcooling, airflow, and static pressure.
  4. You are right to question this. Water heaters are...

    You are right to question this. Water heaters are the single most dangerous appliance in your home for this very reason. Chimneys are an outdated technology, and often unsafe. They most often cause...
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    Where are you located? Could need a simple...

    Where are you located?

    Could need a simple adjustment of the burner or ignition assembly. Could be something more serious. When was it last serviced? What was actually done during the service.
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    What's a regular sized room? You'll be sorry...

    What's a regular sized room? You'll be sorry using this method. You need to have a qualified person perform a heat loss/gain, and figure out your latent heat loads to size the ductwork properly....
  7. Thread: Steam Boiler

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    We don't typically insulate the piping ourselves....

    We don't typically insulate the piping ourselves. We encourage our customers to do it, though. The price mark-up for our company to do it is just too much to make sense. And, it really only makes...
  8. Thread: Steam Boiler

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    Every time we touch or install a gas appliance,...

    Every time we touch or install a gas appliance, we perform a combustion test.

    Without the damper, where would all of that expensive heat go on a cold day? Out the chimney! We also install a...
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    We don't install anything less than 90% anyway....

    We don't install anything less than 90% anyway. 80% is caveman technology. But, that's a whole other discussion. This world will never reduce our energy consumption if we keep installing inefficient...
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    87 indoor air and only 5 degrees superheat? What...

    87 indoor air and only 5 degrees superheat? What was your indoor wet bulb, and outdoor temp?
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    Just clean the liner. Make sure it's the right...

    Just clean the liner. Make sure it's the right size. Good to go.
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    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    A bigger capacitor is NOT a better capacitor....

    A bigger capacitor is NOT a better capacitor. That was a bad move. You need to match the capacitor rating on the compressor label.

    A hard start kit will only work if the compressor tries to start...
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    First, you have to identify the cause of the...

    First, you have to identify the cause of the problem. An experienced technician might actually save you money in the long run by making, what could be, a minor repair. Or, it could be a bad blower...
  15. Primary/secondary will be the best way to control...

    Primary/secondary will be the best way to control this setup. What part of the arrangement do you have trouble with?

    You can install 2 Tekmar 256 controls and set up the WWSD so that one only...
  16. Thread: Steam Boiler

    by JStar
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    Steam Boiler

    Wet-based Smith boiler with a Carlin power burner. We typically peak between 85-89% efficiency with this setup. Oversized drop header, all black pipe and cast iron fittings. Install a Vaporstat on...
  17. Get a second opinion. He may be right about the...

    Get a second opinion. He may be right about the blower, but it would only cause your problem if the blower stopped long enough to allow the coil to freeze, then melt, and overflow the primary drain...
  18. You can use a thin carpet, with a rubber pad. The...

    You can use a thin carpet, with a rubber pad. The heat transfer will be cut down a little, but a new carpet is easier, and less expensive than redesigning an entire system.
  19. 1. Cold air will migrate to lower levels. Zoning...

    1. Cold air will migrate to lower levels. Zoning will not completely solve this problem.

    2. I imagine that the utility company will be very happy, but you won't be.

    3. Radiant will be more...
  20. If the duct is sized and installed correctly, you...

    If the duct is sized and installed correctly, you can make changes without much trouble.
  21. Thread: Power venter

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    Lost track of the forums. My post can be deleted...

    Lost track of the forums. My post can be deleted if necessary. Except the part about reading instructions!
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    Finished the maintenance on a hot water boiler....

    Finished the maintenance on a hot water boiler. Customer refused to turn the heat on until we did the check-up. House was 50F when I started. After 30 minutes of run time, the house climbed about 2...
  23. Thread: Power venter

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    The inlet side of the power venter will be...

    The inlet side of the power venter will be negative so there is no chance of flue gasses going backwards into the off unit. You will need to set up a barometric damper to dilute the draft while only...
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    I would keep searching the internet....for a...

    I would keep searching the internet....for a professional.
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    Testo 317-3. Wear it on every job, every time....

    Testo 317-3. Wear it on every job, every time. Batteries last forever. Small enough to clip to your shirt pocket and not get in the way.
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