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01-03-16, 05:20 PM
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Posted By alken

The paste did the trick! Thanks again. Ken

The paste did the trick! Thanks again.

Ken
01-03-16, 01:58 PM
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Posted By alken

Really? That would be great. I was always...

Really? That would be great. I was always taught "one layer only." I will definitely give that a shot. Beats cutting a much larger hole in the wall and replacing that section.

Thanks!
01-03-16, 01:51 PM
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Posted By alken

Leak at threaded connection to shower

Hi folks -

I had to replace a 3" threaded nipple leading from the copper riser to the shower head (I managed to crack the old one).

The 90 degree female receiver inside the wall is mounted to...
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Posted By alken

All resolved. Replaced: Pressure reducing...

All resolved.

Replaced: Pressure reducing valve, back flow preventer, hose bib valves, and of course the leaking vent.

Aside from taking forever to drain the 3/4" supply line, it was mostly...
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Posted By alken

NJT to the rescue! I'll grab a new vent and...

NJT to the rescue!

I'll grab a new vent and drain the whole system down.

Add to the shopping list new 1/4 turn ball valve hose bibs for bleeding. 2 of them are now leaking as well. Luckily...
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Posted By alken

Leak at the air purger vent (and a few known issues)

Hi folks -

I've been nursing my boiler for the past few weeks after a great season of solid performance. At the beginning of the winter, the pressure relief valve was leaking and occasionally...
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Posted By alken

Critters die in wall cavities all the time! ...

Critters die in wall cavities all the time!

On topic - my pressure reducing valve is also done for. Pressure climbed to 35psi and dumped again. I turned off the fill, it's stable. Problem...
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Posted By alken

Thanks, Trooper! You were the one who helped me...

Thanks, Trooper! You were the one who helped me years ago. Glad to see you're still helping here!

Off to the basement...

Edit - that did the trick. Thanks again to everyone here.

PS - I...
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Posted By alken

Nevermind! Expansion tank has failed - just...

Nevermind! Expansion tank has failed - just checked the pressure and water came out. Guess I know what I'm doing today!
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Posted By alken

Reviving an old thread to ask if I'm on the right...

Reviving an old thread to ask if I'm on the right track based on the above advice.

(note - about 6 years ago, folks here helped me replace nearly all the moving parts on my system - I'm...
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Posted By alken

That all seems to make sense. I'll definitely...

That all seems to make sense. I'll definitely run that test next time the zone is circulating.

Thanks again, and for clearing that all up.

Ken
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Posted By alken

Would that happen for very isolated periods when...

Would that happen for very isolated periods when the zone is at the highest temperature? The bubbling typically only lasts for 30 seconds or so, as the coincidental shut-down via the thermostat...
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Posted By alken

I thought that's what I read in your last post: ...

I thought that's what I read in your last post:



Am I misunderstanding something?

Ken
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Posted By alken

Spot8 - Thanks for the suggestion - I may try...

Spot8 - Thanks for the suggestion - I may try that one as a test.

Luke - I appreciate your patience with explaining this to me. I'll look for a way to adjust the pump - clearly using the ball...
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Posted By alken

Would this cavitation be dependent on the...

Would this cavitation be dependent on the temperature of the water, or would it be constant?

Edit - nevermind - just did some quick reading on cavitation.

This is starting to make sense to...
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Posted By alken

Hi Luke - Thanks for the reply. I'm going...

Hi Luke -

Thanks for the reply. I'm going to try and address your suggestions to the best of my understanding (amateur at best!)

1. The system pressure seems good, and this problem persists...
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Posted By alken

Weird problem in second story zone - water hammer 'clunk' on shut off

First, thanks so much to the helpful folks here - especially NJ Trooper, who has helped me to understand and maintain my baseboard system with extreme patience!

The background - oddly installed...
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Posted By alken

Thanks - yeah, luckily these are mostly well...

Thanks - yeah, luckily these are mostly well exposed, simple sweat on 3/4" copper. Cheaper valves, too. Home Depot had Honeywell flow checks for $35 each.
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Posted By alken

The valve that was blocked and subsequently...

The valve that was blocked and subsequently replaced with the flapper type had sat unused for a full year - we simply had that zone's t-stat turned off. When I replaced it, I was amazed at how...
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Posted By alken

Ok. Answered my own question with some quick...

Ok. Answered my own question with some quick research. Good link here:

Bell & Gossett - The Flo-Control Valve (http://www.bellgossett.com/homeowners/BG-flocontrolvalve.asp)

Explains the...
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Posted By alken

Hmmm - a quick look on a plumbing supply site has...

Hmmm - a quick look on a plumbing supply site has me thinking I used the wrong type of check valve. There is no flow control for gravity circulation.

I need to see if I can find a schematic of...
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Posted By alken

Question about check valves

Hi guys - last time I checked in I had replaced one check valve in a 4 zone (3 baseboard, 1 boiler mate) system.

The zone with the new valve heats incredibly fast, leading me to believe the other...
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Posted By alken

Ok - somewhat confusing update. I've done no...

Ok - somewhat confusing update.

I've done no work other than to listen to the knocking from upstairs and in the basement. In the basement, the system sounds virtually silent (save the...
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Posted By alken

Are you kidding? I practically rented local...

Are you kidding? I practically rented local billboards bragging about how I fixed the system last season.
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Posted By alken

That makes sense. Our programmable thermostats...

That makes sense. Our programmable thermostats are currently maintaining generally consistent temps, as my wife is home all day with our new baby. The new baby also means that we could be up and...
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