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Posted by Mike B on January 14, 2004 at 09:59:28:
In Reply to: Re: Near boiler piping?? posted by Harold hydronicnetwork.net on January 14, 2004 at 08:56:05:
: Yes, that piping is unusual. However, while the system works OK, leave it. If it throws water to the main, replace it with a plan from the factory piping instructions. If you can't find it, the Burnham and Weil-McLain sites have excellent on-line installation sheets to follow.
Thanks for the input Harold. The Utica docs do show something fairly differnet from what is currnetly installed, and pretty similar to the refferences you provided. I don't think it's running water up the main, but not sure how to tell exactly. When I'm spending quality time with my boiler I sure don't hear any water rushing back and forth, just the gas combustion noise. The water does drop 2-3 inches in the sight glass when the steam starts, and fluctuates up and down about an inch or a little less. There is an automatic feed / low water cut off in the system, and I don't seem to have too much trouble with the boiler flooding either, so I'm thinking it's ok for now. So I'll take the 'if it aint busted don't fix it' route for now, as it's kind of chilly out side here in Michigan right now. Maybe when we get a warm spell in the spring I can get my favorite plumber buddy to re-work it a bit closer to what the MFG recomends.
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