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Boiler went out 2 nights ago, F*** its cold in here!!!

The boiler (steam radiators) went out in the FIL's 2flat 2 nites ago. It is a bit chilly.... I can see my breath as I type. I guess those steam boilers are getting harder to find these days. The guy managed says it should be fixed my midnight hopefully..... brrrr!!!

Anyone have an idea of what pricing should be so I can see if this guy is on the up and up?

thoughts of that 50 group buy will keep me warm....(i'm thinking that I will have to make some sacrifices to get it)... and some good ol Hacker. I don't even need to put it in the fridge .
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What exactly went wrong? My boiler is 80 years old and it still works like a charm. The only parts I keep onhand are thermoscouples, which wear out over time, $3.99 at Home Depot. That and I clean out the chymney once a year.

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when i watch this old house, they are still building brand new boilers.


I'd go out and buy a small electric heater, to heat a room up. They work pretty wel..
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What exactly went wrong? My boiler is 80 years old and it still works like a charm. The only parts I keep onhand are thermoscouples, which wear out over time, $3.99 at Home Depot. That and I clean out the chymney once a year.
i forgot what they are called, but they are underneath, near the flame. 2 of them cracked and are leaking lots of water.

do they make steam boilers, or the hot water boilers? they dude was saying they are moving away from the steam boiler. the HW boiler are all over the place but then we would've had to convert the bldg.

electric heater is on the way!! faucets are dripping also.
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do they make steam boilers, or the hot water boilers? they dude was saying they are moving away from the steam boiler. the HW boiler are all over the place but then we would've had to convert the bldg.

electric heater is on the way!! faucets are dripping also.
Apparently they still do make steam boiler furnaces.
http://www.alpinehomeair.com/viewcat..._Steam_Boilers

Dunno if these will fit your needs though.

Prices start at $1,400 and up. The big costs though would be from removal, disposal and installation of the new unit. According to my State Farm inspector, all that work as to be done by a licensed professional and you better have a certificate of inspection. I have my certificate posted right on my boiler. StateFarm use to come and inspect me once a year but this year all they asked me to do was take pics and send them in.

As for faucets, Moen is the way to go. Lifetime warranty if anything goes wrong, including leaks. I have a few Moens that are 12+ years old and still works like new.

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What exactly went wrong? My boiler is 80 years old and it still works like a charm. The only parts I keep onhand are thermoscouples, which wear out over time, $3.99 at Home Depot. That and I clean out the chymney once a year.
I've been taught
check the water level in the tube for the correct range,
a couple gallons of water is drained every few weeks until the water runs clear, as the sediment seems to settle to the bottom.

In the spring we shut off the gas, clean the burners, and generally check out and clean the whole deal, there is a screen water filter that is in the water feed valve that is replaced or cleaned also replace anything that was spotted leaking and fill it completely with water until it is brought back in service in the fall.(sort of like you do to your cycle gas tank in the winter)

For the original question.
Are they welding the leaking portion or is it some type of pipe connection.


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Apparently they still do make steam boiler furnaces.
http://www.alpinehomeair.com/viewcat..._Steam_Boilers

Dunno if these will fit your needs though.

Prices start at $1,400 and up. The big costs though would be from removal, disposal and installation of the new unit. According to my State Farm inspector, all that work as to be done by a licensed professional and you better have a certificate of inspection. I have my certificate posted right on my boiler. StateFarm use to come and inspect me once a year but this year all they asked me to do was take pics and send them in.

As for faucets, Moen is the way to go. Lifetime warranty if anything goes wrong, including leaks. I have a few Moens that are 12+ years old and still works like new.
he has the faucets on leak so that the pipes don't freeze, thats what he is talking about

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We do a little more, ours is old as well
we drain a couple gallons every few weeks as the sediment seems to settle to the bottom.

also in the spring we shut off the gas, clean the burners, and generally clean the whole deal, also replace anything that was spotted leaking and fill it completely with water until it is brought back in service in the fall.
I don't drain it until the winter is over. Maybe I should do it more often now. I shut off the gas also in the spring and clean it here and there. Damn, now I am all worried and need to do more servicing to my boiler.

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he has the faucets on leak so that the pipes don't freeze, thats what he is talking about
Gotcha, that makes sense.

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Apparently they still do make steam boiler furnaces.
http://www.alpinehomeair.com/viewcat..._Steam_Boilers

Dunno if these will fit your needs though.

Prices start at $1,400 and up. The big costs though would be from removal, disposal and installation of the new unit. According to my State Farm inspector, all that work as to be done by a licensed professional and you better have a certificate of inspection. I have my certificate posted right on my boiler. StateFarm use to come and inspect me once a year but this year all they asked me to do was take pics and send them in.

As for faucets, Moen is the way to go. Lifetime warranty if anything goes wrong, including leaks. I have a few Moens that are 12+ years old and still works like new.
make that hard to find a steam boiler around here when your in a pinch... like when the boiler blows and it's 16 degrees outside

layering is the key, i'm up to 3 layers with 2 pairs of fat ass socks, gotta have warm tree grippers!

we have the honeywell "heat giant" going now. it's working overtime, but I can no longer see my breath.

they are just replacing the whole unit. they said they couldn't replace the "doojamafloppies" that were broken. kind of looks like rusted thru cast exhaust manifolds??? they can replace them on the large units but not on the smaller ones. I'll have to tell the FIL about the boiler maintainence, i'm not sure that he did any type of maintainance ..... i think the boiler was 30 years old.
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they said they couldn't replace the "doojamafloppies" that were broken. kind of looks like rusted thru cast exhaust manifolds???
Flue tubes? Does that sound right?

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I thought those were modular and you could replace.. or even do without one for awhile

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