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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 Chimneys are an outdated technology, and often unsafe.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.
  25. Thread: Co Detectors

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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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    Just like a leak in any piece of metal, the crack...

    Just like a leak in any piece of metal, the crack can calcify or crust over and not actively leak. A water test is not always definitive.
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    If the baseboard sounds like a river or...

    If the baseboard sounds like a river or waterfall, then there is air in the lines. It should be power-purged at the boiler.
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    They had to mastic the duct board because it's a...

    They had to mastic the duct board because it's a high pressure system now.
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    It can but I prefer to have dedicated tools for...

    It can but I prefer to have dedicated tools for those tests, so I don't have to keep switching the 327 around every few seconds. Plus, if I ever damaged it by doing a static pressure test, I'd be...
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    I don't blame the manufacturers. It's our own...

    I don't blame the manufacturers. It's our own fault. Would you rather piece together a monster sized low-boy with pan head screws, or carry a 33" furnace down the stairs under one arm? The world is...
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    I literally just slapped my own forehead.

    I literally just slapped my own forehead.
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    You may want to get your duct system...

    You may want to get your duct system professionally cleaned. Aside from that, I would make sure the installing company has the airflow set properly.
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    Bad expansion tank?

    Bad expansion tank?
  34. Not normal. You need a good steam guy out there....

    Not normal. You need a good steam guy out there. I can list off a few things to look for but none of them should be attempted by a non-professional.
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    My guess is vibration/expansion joints.

    My guess is vibration/expansion joints.
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    How did you initially find/suspect this?

    How did you initially find/suspect this?
  37. Wisepole. Just this week, I had to take out a...

    Wisepole. Just this week, I had to take out a dozen of the same pleated filters in other houses for the same reason. And those systems were running about 1.5"WC. It's an HVAC phenomenon. Our service...
  38. We had an issue with too much air in some rooms...

    We had an issue with too much air in some rooms to begin with, so the MED-HIGH blower speed seemed to be the optimal choice. When we started the heat was on LOW. I believe with our TESP, the blower...
  39. I can only beat myself down. No offense will ever...

    I can only beat myself down. No offense will ever be taken. All advice and input is welcome and critical to furthering my own education.
  40. There is, and yes, it connects to the chimney...

    There is, and yes, it connects to the chimney above the furnace. They enter the chimney separately.
  41. Sometimes I get so used to not needing to explain...

    Sometimes I get so used to not needing to explain everything, that I forget how important it is to talk out loud, and really describe what has been done and what was found. Didn't mean to make you...
  42. Chiming in here...I was the one on the...

    Chiming in here...I was the one on the maintenance.

    The gas pressure was maxed out at 3.75"WC. The delta-T was 61F; right at the top of the required 35-65F range. Didn't feel comfortable pushing...
  43. Thread: taco zone valves

    by JStar
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    Taco's will always burn out. It's just their...

    Taco's will always burn out. It's just their quirk. I don't like 'em. They "shouldn't" need separate relays, but you could wire them in for safety.
  44. That's fine...unless the last guy cranked the gas...

    That's fine...unless the last guy cranked the gas pressure way down to compensate for bad ductwork.
  45. I tried to PM you, but it's not allowed. Maybe...

    I tried to PM you, but it's not allowed. Maybe you need a few more posts?
  46. Most of the time, my vacuum hose fits into the...

    Most of the time, my vacuum hose fits into the tubes. Some older furnaces need to be brushed out. Nothing too abrasive; just want to get the surface clean for better heat transfer. It's also limited...
  47. CA is wrapped into the testing. I'll have about 6...

    CA is wrapped into the testing. I'll have about 6 different meters set up on the furnace all at once. Looks like I'm navigating a spaceship.
  48. On my maintenance, I take apart and clean...

    On my maintenance, I take apart and clean anything that has to do with combustion. In my opinion, the most important task is cleaning the burners, flame sensor, and inside of heat exchanger. Those...
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    That price is too high...to work on a VERY...

    That price is too high...to work on a VERY dangerous fuel source appliance that is capable of harming a lot of people if adjusted incorrectly? Would you rather pay $20 to have some nobody slap it in...
  50. Thread: Steamer issue

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    How do you know it's not going above 1.5 PSI? The...

    How do you know it's not going above 1.5 PSI? The factory gauges on most boilers are terribly inaccurate.
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