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A DIY job is certainly possible IF you follow the...

A DIY job is certainly possible IF you follow the manufacturer's installation instructions. Piping on modulating-condensing boilers is critical.I don't have a favorite brand. Just make sure parts are...
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Domestic coils can & often do get plugged with...

Domestic coils can & often do get plugged with scale (rust, calcium, etc.). Another issue could be a bad tempering valve if so equipped. Another symptom of a plugged coil is if the flow out of the...
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Sometimes when a boiler is converted from staying...

Sometimes when a boiler is converted from staying hot all the time to cold start, leaks called "cold leaks" will happen. These usually stop once the boiler is reheated. From the standpoint of...
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Depending upon what other electrical load there...

Depending upon what other electrical load there is, an electric water heater may or may not be a problem with the 100 amp service.
Is the boiler oil fired with a domestic coil?
07-20-20, 02:20 PM
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50A is what should be used. The actual load is...

50A is what should be used. The actual load is 40A. (9500 watts/240 volts = 39.6 amps)
07-20-20, 08:31 AM
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When you remove the door, there is probably a...

When you remove the door, there is probably a switch which will need to be depressed by hand in order to allow the furnace to be powered.
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What did you do about the holes? The grey on grey...

What did you do about the holes? The grey on grey looks good.
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Sorry, I just saw your post on the "Furnaces"...

Sorry, I just saw your post on the "Furnaces" forum & since you have a boiler I moved it here. My first question is why you want to upsize your boiler.
Regarding your question about the burners on...
07-03-20, 05:36 AM
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I suggest you check with your local code...

I suggest you check with your local code officials as to where you may or may not run & terminate condensate drains. These types of things often vary widely from area to area.
07-02-20, 02:05 PM
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Each head will need a drain. The manual should...

Each head will need a drain. The manual should tell you the size.
07-02-20, 01:19 PM
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It can go anywhere that the drainage doesn't do...

It can go anywhere that the drainage doesn't do any damage. In some areas, it is not allowed to go into the sanitary sewer system.
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There does not need to be any gap between the...

There does not need to be any gap between the baseboard & the wall above the baseboard.
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Like every coin, there are two sides to this one....

Like every coin, there are two sides to this one. You will save some money on gas but often the little bit of heat from the pilot helps to minimize rust on the flueways of the boiler. This is...
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Some thread sealant (pipe dope) gets hard as rock...

Some thread sealant (pipe dope) gets hard as rock & there's no getting it apart without heat. When my dad's boiler was installed in 1954 the plumber used white lead paint as thread sealant. Heat was...
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Where is the valve leaking? If around the stem,...

Where is the valve leaking? If around the stem, this is often repairable without replacing the valve.
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Air vents are something long debated & without a...

Air vents are something long debated & without a definitive answer. Talk to a dozen "experts" & you'll likely get nearly a dozen answers. Personally, I like manual vents with a main purge for gross...
05-29-20, 07:02 AM
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You might be able to replace the solatube with a...

You might be able to replace the solatube with a fan & add a dormer vent for intake. You would have to remove the tube & patch the ceiling.
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No. Radiators don't sweat, at least I've never...

No. Radiators don't sweat, at least I've never heard of one.
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Spott is right about the vents on the baseboard...

Spott is right about the vents on the baseboard if it is a series loop and there is a means of purging at the boiler.
I would like to see the other side of the boiler and a picture of the piping...
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If you wish to have some sort of air vent there,...

If you wish to have some sort of air vent there, I would put a manual vent. In fact, around here, we are not allowed to install auto vents anywhere they are not in plain sight. This is simply because...
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No advantage to painting the inside for...

No advantage to painting the inside for reflectivity. The heat from convectors is by convection (air circulation or chimney effect) instead of radiation. If you opt to try a fin comb, I would...
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A soft brush such as a dust brush you might use...

A soft brush such as a dust brush you might use on a woodworking bench, or even a paint brush, might be a better choice than something wet to clean the fins.
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Those are convectors. When in good condition,...

Those are convectors. When in good condition, they are excellent heat emitters. It would take several feet of baseboard to replace 1 foot of convector.
05-08-20, 06:07 PM
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Posted By Grady

Lawrosa is absolutely right. I got so involved in...

Lawrosa is absolutely right. I got so involved in the cost issue. I completely overlooked the question of is the TXV actually bad.
Forum: Water Heaters
05-08-20, 06:00 PM
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Here's a link to Taco's site dealing with...

Here's a link to Taco's site dealing with domestic hot water re-circ systems. I didn't read the installation instructions but they may spec a type of check valve. If not, you could check with the...
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