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  1. Ctreefer

    Need to replace single stage oil boiler...options and thoughts?

    thanks for the response. my tile liner was pretty well falling apart. Lot's of chunks falling into the cleanout so each time the boiler was serviced they'd shovel some out. For "efficient" new boilers, it's my understanding that due to lower venting temperatures of exhaust gas, condensation...
  2. Ctreefer

    Need to replace single stage oil boiler...options and thoughts?

    Just curious if you made a decision. I also live in CT and am dealing with a heating system of similar age ('92) using oil with no NG available. I similarly also had to replace my liner that I'd been putting off for some time when i was contemplating what to do last year. In the end, I just...
  3. Ctreefer

    Thermostat needs replacing?

    Yes, I was thinking the same. Although not necessarily the heat pump option. Electricity in CT is close to highest in the nation and provider is asking for a 5% hike and that’s just for distribution. Generation rates at year end right now are looking like 16 cents kwhr. That would add up to...
  4. Ctreefer

    Thermostat needs replacing?

    Good question. I don't recall if this has a mixing valve. I'll check when I get home
  5. Ctreefer

    Thermostat needs replacing?

    Yes, there's an aquastat running the circulator. I do have the settings on the lower side (135lo/150hi) during non winter season to keep the boiler from unnecessarily heating the boiler so hot during off season to save some $$. I have never descaled the tank since we've been there. I had...
  6. Ctreefer

    Thermostat needs replacing?

    Hi, writing this from the office just now so I don't have my specific equipment info, but will add that later tonight when I am home. I have an indirect water tank adjacent to my 1992 Well Mclain boiler (oil fired). I believe the tank is about the same age. We bought the house in 2009. I'm...
  7. Ctreefer

    New boiler or new chimney liner.....

    Dana, thanks for responding. I have mixed feelings about heat pumps for this area and house. Electric rates in CT are third highest in the nation at about 23 cents per kw hour. Not to mention the rates are 50 percent more than they were 10 years ago so I don’t have a good feeling about those...
  8. Ctreefer

    New boiler or new chimney liner.....

    Still trying to get that pic. They routed the electrical right over the plate that provides all the details and witht the lighting I can’t get a good image on what’s behind the conduit. What details are you looking for and I’ll try and find it.
  9. Ctreefer

    New boiler or new chimney liner.....

    I found an old post of mine here and Dana at the time offered a good estimate of BTUs I’d need in our area based on how many gallons of oil and wood we use each year. His estimate was 40,000 BTUs would meet the need. Right now it’s 185,000. Just curious what others would do in my situation. Thx
  10. Ctreefer

    New boiler or new chimney liner.....

    sorry for the confusion. Not a wood boiler. Wood stove for additional heat source. I’d say when it’s 15-25 degrees out the boiler runs every 15-20 minutes for about 5 minutes. That’s a big guess though. It’s never run continuously. Not even close. Even if it’s below zero out. I have the...
  11. Ctreefer

    New boiler or new chimney liner.....

    Hi all, been awhile since I've roamed about in this forum. My dilemma is this: I've got a 30ish year old oiler boiler (burnham) cast iron oversized and I have a chimney that it's hooked up to that needs to be "relined". The boiler runs well and efficiency according to my service guy is around...
  12. Ctreefer

    Pocket doors and air leakage?

    So I'm still trying to attack all means of air leakage into the attic space and started to wonder about my pocket doors in the house. We have 3 pocket doors all on interior walls. From what I can tell by their construction that pocket would let warm air get into my wall cavities and then find...
  13. Ctreefer

    bathroom vent for fan freezes shut

    Hopefully this is the right forum for this. I just recently installed a bathroom fan/light combo in a bathroom that had no venting before. I ran it this morning and peeked outside to see if steam was coming out and the louvers were shut. I went outside and got a pole that would reach and...
  14. Ctreefer

    moisture in attic.... help!

    Thanks for the feedback. Dana, I've gone through the attic per your earlier advice and sealed all the holes for wiring or can lights. I can't make it to the vent stacks. (not sure how anyone ever can fit into that crevice to reach where the stack comes up through the exterior wall. The stack...
  15. Ctreefer

    moisture in attic.... help!

    Well, I've been slowly insulating my attic space (R30fiberglass unfaced on top of existing R19 kraft faced which is over some felt paper filled with vermiculate or similar) over the past few weeks. Noticed today as I went up for another round of installation that there's mold on the sheathing...
  16. Ctreefer

    How to determine what kind can light

    I'm getting ready to add another layer of insulation in the attic. I have 3 can lights that were probably installed in the past 10 years but there's no label indicating if I can insulate around them. I've looked up in the attic and removed the baffles to look for any information. Is there a...
  17. Ctreefer

    Help!! Basement drain water backup

    we bought a house 3 years ago with a basement that was built over ground with a high water table. It had the same drain you speak of and would back up during high levels of raining. We are fortunate in that we know where the water exits from the house. I was able to scope up the line from the...
  18. Ctreefer

    oil boiler conversion to gas

    Looking for a little advice on this one. I need to break this question into a couple parts. I hope it doesn't make this confusing but we want to convert our current house to gas heat and our old house that we converted to a rental we'd like to do the same hence the two different scenarios...
  19. Ctreefer

    Help with idea for PVC on pool for Winterizing

    thanks guys. I did some research on antifreeze, I wasn't big on the idea of adding it to the system and how to get it out during opening. Plus, what's the purpose of blowing out the line if I have no way of adding antifreeze to it once its blown out without it backfilling with water under...
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