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Odd Device on Steam Boiler


Neal Lewis
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About a year and a half ago, I ran across a somewhat similar device that I'd never seen before. As luck would have it, the buyer spotted it first and asked what it was. "Uh, I dunno. I've never seen anything like it" I admitted. "I'll have to research it." He then pulled out his cell phone, Googled it and in less than a minute we were reading this

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Yeah, you're right Bill. I forgot to include that. And it was a two pipe system, also.

BTW, the owner was telling me that she took a class on steam heat. She knows when to stop adding water when the pressure guage goes up to 5 psi. I wonder who taught the class.

Yesterday an owner of a steam system told me his plumber said it's not necessaryto drain water from the base of the boiler (only the LWC). And it's a closed system, so there's not much rust/corrosion going on!

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Why wouldn't someone want to drain the sill cock on a boiler? What is the bad thing that could result?

BTW, I've only ever seen one of these, and I see a fair number of steam systems. Good pics.

I found this to be interesting and helpful in understanding a few things.

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