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  1. HVAC
    hi all, first time homeowner approaching 1-year in. about 6 months ago my gas company came over after we called concerning a smell of natural gas in the basement. while they noticed a few leaks, they also noticed CO coming from the boiler and shut it down ("red tagged" it). since then i've...
  2. Automotive Repairs
    Hello, After replacing the water pump, my mechanic told me that my head gasket is leaking. He said Blue Devil head gasket sealer is my best chance to repair it. I have purchased some. Per the directions, it is supposed to be poured in the radiator cap, or into the radiator hose if there is no...
  3. HVAC
    wife and i just bought our first, old house. for the radiators in the home are covered in terribly ugly covers. i'd like to remove the covers but unfortunately almost all of them have old, ugly and deteriorating paint. do i have any reasonable options here? our painting contract told us he...
  4. HVAC
    There is a hot water radiator that is in our back bedroom on our second floor. It's relatively small but it is in the way of a wraparound desk we want to install to make it into an office. It's just too tall. Our goal is to remove the radiator and remove the riser pipes going to it from the...
  5. HVAC
    Alright, so I understand this is a daunting job and not for a beginner, I also understand the risks involved if something goes wrong. I have pretty good knowledge of home repair and know my way around a toolbox, just have never worked on a hot water heating system before. With that said, I...
  6. HVAC
    My wife and I are thinking about buying a funky old house where we live, in southern Ontario, and trying to prioritize upgrades. There's a lot of knob and tube to replace -- top priority -- and some old iron plumbing stacks that will probably be second tier. Third tier gives us lots of...
  7. HVAC
    Moved into a 100-year old chicago house last winter. the hot water radiator furnace was fine then and had a standard plastic dial thermostat- the wires seem to be coiled aluminum, or some kind of coil anyways that the people at Nest thermostats said wouldn't work with their fancy models. they...
  8. Electrical
    Hi Folks - I am redoing a vacation house in the Pocono Mtns in Pennsylvania. The house has hot water baseboard heat. I am doing a rewire in the effected rooms, and would like to know if there is some code stating how high above the hotwater baseboard, the receptacle must be so as to avoid heat...
  9. HVAC
    Hi - I'm "pretty" sure I have natural circulation radiator heating, as I can't find a circulation pump in my utility room (this is my first winter in the house, so I am still figuring some things out). The water heater is in the basement (floor #1), the radiator in the converted attic space...
  10. Plumbing
    I hope someone can help. I have a steam radiator and it is leaking where I circled red. This happens when the valve is turned on. It seems to be where the pipes meet. Any suggestions? Is this something I can fix without a plumber?
  11. HVAC
    My hydronic gas radiator boiler is making a noise when the heating kicks in. I first thought it might be the pump but on a closer listen, I realized it's coming from the grill that burns gas. It is not too bad but it is consistent and can be heard far away. It's been like that for awhile and...
  12. HVAC
    I am trying (hoping?) to move a one-pipe steam radiator over about a foot and a half or so. The plan was to remove the 'spud' from the radiator, thread ~24" length of pipe into the radiator, and use a basic straight coupling to connect the extension pipe to the spud and hence into the valve...
  13. HVAC
    I am looking to change out all of the original cast iron pipe on the heat distribution system in a 100+ year old 3-story building that I am renovating in Easton, PA. The distribution system is on two NG boilers with feed pumps (1 for 1st floor; 1 for 2nd/3rd floors). The house was not...
  14. Plumbing
    Replacing cast iron with PEX-Al-PEX for hot water heat I am looking to change out all of the original cast iron pipe on the heat distribution system in a 100+ year old 3-story building that I am renovating in Easton, PA. The distribution system is on two NG boilers with feed pumps (1 for 1st...
  15. Plumbing
    after making some considerable changes to my hydronic radiator system, i wanted to pressure test it. so i used one of those gauges with a tire-like nozzle and a 3/4" female socket. when i filled it with water, there was no leaks and the pressure read 15 PSI. then i drained the water and...
  16. Plumbing
    i was wondering if there is a good (e.g. dry) way of finding out which of the two nipples sticking out of the floor is IN and which is OUT (for the purpose of locating the valve vs. union elbow). needless to say, i do not have the piping diagram of my house...
  17. Plumbing
    i was wondering if it is possible to reduce 1" entry females on a radiator to 3/4" (my new pipe is 3/4" and 1" before was heating too much anyway) and what that radiator bushing is called (trying to order online). thanks
  18. Plumbing
    please consider the illustration attached. i am expanding my radiator system for two new ADJACENT radiators that will be on their own new branch out of the network and both radiators have shutoff valves so the flow in and out of the radiator is a variable. is it necessary to connect the...
  19. Plumbing
    i was wondering what the minimum clearance between a radiator and wall should be. e.g. is 3/4" enough? thanks
  20. HVAC
    OK. My parents house was built around 1910. It appears that the system was originally steam and later converted (a long time ago) to hot water. Upstairs radiators each have 2 shutoff valves and a steam release valve but none of the downstairs radiators have any of that. It is set up in 2 zones...
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