HVAC

Fluepipe design, Part 2

Feature Story By George Lanthier OK, if you remember in the last article we looked at fluepipe design and what it really takes to do it right. Last month we looked at single units, this month it’s multiple units. Keep in mind that I’m continuing to follow the NFPA Standards, NFPA31 and 211, for this subject, and both NFPA and ...

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Fluepipe design, Part I

Feature Story By George Lanthier You might look at the title of this article and figure, ‘Oh boy, what’s this now!” Well, as it turns out, I’m learning that fluepipe design is not as easy as some people think it is. In fact, when it comes to the codes and good industry practice, many are doing it very wrong. As ...

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A ‘two-step” approach

A burner with the two-step pump is a lot easier to work on and set up In two previous articles we looked at the setting and adjustment of damper motors and the servicing of the linkage on commercial burners equipped with that type of damper. In this article we will take a closer look at one of the pumps that ...

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Education wagon train

Feature StoryCarlin, Dynatherm team to bring technician training to the masses Many years ago, this nation was founded by pioneers who traveled across the country and opened new horizons for all of us. Many of the wagons used by these stalwart souls were the venerable Conestoga wagon, a tried and proven product built in Pennsylvania. Last fall, a different type ...

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Noise and moisture, Part II

Feature StoryA doctor’s stethoscope may be your most important tool in diagnosing chimney problems By George Lanthier I know I left you hanging last month, but I didn’t want to give the best part away, so finally, my $64,000 solution to the noise problem. Remember my ‘Lanthier’s Laws” article about noises and using a stethoscope? Well, as it turns out, ...

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Noise and moisture, Part I

Feature StoryUsing ‘scare tactics” may be necessary when installing a new heating system by george lanthier Without a doubt, one of the things that has plagued us as an industry for some time now are the complaints about operating noise. Regretfully, we also have a paradox. It has been proven time and time again that new oil burners in new ...

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Boiler & Hydronic Equipment Roundup

Cover StoryBoiler & Hydronic Equipment RoundupA selection of ‘wet heat” products for indoor comfort Here’s a selection of products chosen to provide an overview of the technologies available in ‘wet heat.” It is by no means a complete list of equipment currently on the market, just a sampling. Amtrol’s BoilerMate line of indirectsBoilerMate from Amtrol, Inc. offers the industry’s most ...

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Damper motor troubleshooting, Part II

Feature Story By George Lanthier Last time we looked at setting the damper motors and the servicing of the linkage on commercial burners equipped with a damper. In this article, we’ll look at the controls that make these burners operate. When used to their full abilities, they can save a customer 20 percent or more on their oil bill. It’s ...

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The night I met my German friend

Feature Story By Alan Mercurio The following story is one that I have had the privilege to share with many of our fellow technicians around the world, through my book Carry The Torch: Life experiences and technical data to live by. As we head into the winter months, I thought you might enjoy reading the story as much I enjoyed ...

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Steam dreams

Feature Story Used properly, steam heating can still be a valid way to provide indoor comfort By Frank ‘Steamhead” Wilsey So, you get a call where someone wants you to fix a steam-heating system. What comes to mind? Antiquated?Noisy?Uneven?Inefficient?Why doesn’t this stuff just go away, like they said it would back in the 1950s and 1960s?Why, indeed? Let’s take a ...

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