Michael Long Plumbing & Heating, Whitehall, PA
Michael Long installed this system for his own 4,000 sq. ft. home. Two levels are divided into 10 hydronic zones, all powered by an Aspen condensing water tube boiler. Read the full story, When the Cobbler Gets His Shoes.
Neon lights to brighten your mechanical room
It's always great to see what skilled installers do for their own homes.
Kris Beaton, a service manager for Southbridge, MA-based Tasses Fuel Corp. has always been a fan of the bright lights and shiny showcasing. When it came time to ditch his old oli-fired system, he opted for a propane-fired, wall-hung boiler. Seven Taco 007e ECM circulators and zone controls manage circulation in the homes’ six zones.
And best of all, the entire system is framed in neon green light, against a dramatic background of diamond plating. Great work, Kris!
So Nice When Everything Makes Sense
This wall of piping from Holmberg Mechanical a full-service mechanical contractor working out of Washington State, is just a model of efficiency. No wasted space, not a wasted turn of pipe, and everything laid out so cleanly you could almost tell what the system is doing even without the labeling. Great stuff.
Great Mechanical Room from Nelson Mechanical
This overhaul of a hydronic solar system is a beauty. A Daikin Altherma hydrobox sends chilled or hot water to seven circulators serving remote fan coils and two separate radiant mixing stations.
Another Plumber Installs for Himself
This installation from Michael Long Plumbing & Heating, in Whitehall, PA is for Long's own house. The two levels are divided into 10 hydronic zones using ECM circulators. Three U.S. Boiler Sage Zone Controls are used, with one additional zone providing heat to a 70-gallon Alliance SL sidearm tank. You can read all about it in the June issue of CONTRACTOR Magazine.
38-Unit Apartment Building
You're looking at the meter room/tree for the three floors of residential units. Each apartment has its own water meter. It's fed by a 3'' schedule 80 CPVC that tees off into two 2'' lines with CPVC to 2'' copper flanges
All this built by a third-year apprentice (and yes, to nitpick, they scorched the wood block a bit in one location). Posted by user Wubbah on the social media site Reddit.
Skill and planning helps save on space
This system is for a high-end home up in Canada with 46 different heating zones, four air handlers, a pool and a hot yoga room. All the piping is done via heat fusion with a proprietary PP-R pipe from a company called Aquatechnik. To help save on space, the installing plumber had to drill the pipe in places to make his own manifolds.
Thanks for the picture goes to user Thefocker on the social media site Reddit.
Pre-fabbed Panel Joins the Wall of Fame
We've already seen some impressive work from Alberta, Canada's Ironclad Mechanical, but this pre-fabbed panel caught our eye. Just attach it to the wall and hook it up. Connections were made using RIDGID ProPress tools.
You can follow Ironclad Mechanical on Twitter @IroncladMech.
A New Paradigm for our Wall of Fame
Check out this amazing mechanical room from Paradigm Plumbing & Mechanical in Detroit. The company specializes in high-end new construction. This install features Aspen and Aspen Light commercial boilers. To learn more and see more check out this article from Hydronics Hub.
Cool boiler install from across the pond
Our latest addition to the Wall of Fame comes from P.B. Plumber, Quorndon, Loughborough in the U.K. The installation includes a Vaillant EcoTec Plus boiler (with the boiler protection kit), a Spirotech air and dirt separator, and a Boiler Plus complaint control. You can follow P.B. on Twitter @pbplumber.
Amazing boiler set-up joins the Wall!
This is just a smart, clean boiler set-up for a roughly 3,000 sq. ft., two-zone residential home from Horizon Design International out in Beverly Hills, CA.
The heart of the system is a Navian NHB 150 mod/con boiler with a Heat Flo HF-60-D 60gal. dual-coil storage tank, three 4' x 8' Sun Earth "Empire Series" flat plate solar collectors a Brazetek 155K btu/hr. 316 stainless steel shell and tube style heat exchanger. Controls include a Caleffi i-Solar plus differential temp. solar controller, a Taco zone valve controller, Legend zone valves, Legend stainless steel Pro Series manifolds.
Kudos to owner-operator Youssef Abou-Zaki on a stellar piece of work!
Multi-million dollar Montana residence
This impressive mechanical room is for a multi-million dollar residence still under construction in Montana. Obviously, radiant heating will play a big role in delivering comfort to the occupants. The work is all sweat, on strut, and with escutcheons on every penetration.
Many thanks to user MOHSHSIHd84 on the social media site Reddit for the pic.
Nelson Mechanical Design, Inc.
Nelson Mechanical Design, Inc.
This geothermal mechanical room retrofit has some amazing pipework, not to mention some innovative, space-saving design. The load side circulators for each heat pump were relocated to the ceiling to improve access and simplify service. Piping has been arranged so that all thermometers could be in a row for easy comparison and lower and upper heat pumps would have symmetrical flow direction.
Read the full case study here.
Eastern Propane & Oil
Eastern Propane & Oil recently completed this boiler retrofit installation for The Castle in the Clouds, a historic hilltop estate in New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
Eastern pros chose two, 285 MBH Laars NeoTherm condensing boilers instead of one larger unit. This provided some redundancy and doubled the turndown ratio. The 95 percent AFUE boilers are ground-mounted and piped primary/secondary. A new, Neptune system feeder was added for easy application of glycol and corrosion- inhibiting chemicals.
Help us with a Wall of Fame mystery!
Check out the incredible pipe work in this mechanical room -- as much a functional, professional install as a work of original art.
We've been unable to correctly attribute it despite our best efforts on Google and reverse image searches. The one clue in the photo is the wall-hung condensing boiler from IBC, a company based in Vancouver (which, of course, does not automatically make this a Canadian home or a Canadian installer).
If anyone out there has some idea who the installer is please e-mail your hints, hunches and deductions to [email protected]. We'd love to give credit where credit is due!
LESS THAN AN HOUR AFTER POSTING: Ironclad Mechanical Plumbing and Heating of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada -- the Internet is an incredible thing! Visit them at www.ironcladmechanical.com, like them on FB at https://www.facebook.com/ironcladmechanical/ and extra thanks to our online detective Joe Szwed for putting us in the know.
Part of an anti-sediment system installed in the Plumley Village Apartment Homes in Worcester, Mass. by Emerson Swan, headquartered in Randolph, Mass.
A new addition to our Wall of Fame
No, that is not a factory pre-fab you're looking at. All those welds were done with solder and sweat. Very nice looking job. Sent to us by Timothy Kuhlman at A Plumber Named Tim.
A boiler room at Grand Canyon University as completed by our Contractor of the Year, Marlin Mechanical Corp. in Phoenix, Az.
NYP Plumbing and Heating
This mechanical room shot was sent in by Nick Perris at NYP Plumbing and Heating. It looks like it ought to be illustrating a section of a textbook titled "Tankless Water Heaters." Fantastic job, Nick.
Installing the comfort system for this 4,500 sq. ft. home involved airside equipment, ductwork, controls and hydronics -- and the results are fantastic.
Pictured is Wilfre owner Martin Harrison alongside a 10 MBH Burnham Alpine in the home’s garage, with tidy, well-insulated primary/secondary piping.
Read the full case study as it appeared in the pages of CONTRACTOR.
Row upon row of Bell & Gossett pumps installed in a historic Newport, R.I., Mansion by Jeff Ward, the building’s property manger and building engineer.
Check out this gorgeous welding job by Earl Jackson as posted on Instagram.
Beautiful manifold system of tankless heaters
This picture was sent in by Ed Telscher of Nieman Plumbing of a job he and his team completed for the new Salon Lofts located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"We used a manifold system of Rinnai Water Heaters... There are 25 hair styling stations within this location," Telscher writes. "I am proud of the craftsmanship that my plumbers here at Nieman Plumbing were able to achieve with this job."
Deservedly so! Great work, Ed.
Clean-as-a-whistle boiler room install
This is a boiler room job for a 21-unit subsidized senior living apartment complex, powered by three 200,000 Btu natural gas-fired Takagi units.
The silver solder work is top notch, there's no primer slopped all over the PVC, and everything is plumb, level and evenly spaced.
The job (and the picture) are the work of a single individual who goes by the username Chuparrosa on the social media site Reddit. Great work!
Gorgeous radiant installation
Radiant heating jobs demand high levels of craftsmanship -- and here's a beautiful example.
Many thanks to Reddit user Boston_TD_Party -- and to the Massachusetts plumbing code -- for this picture.
Jamye Baker Plumbing and Mechanical
If you took a B&W photograph of this installation people might easily mistake it for a schematic. Fantastic job!
Koegel Plumbing and Heating Solutions
A sharp looking bank of circulators at the Calvary Lutheran Church installed by Kurt Koegel of Koegel Plumbing and Heating Solutions, Alexandria, Minn.
Check out this amazing mechanical room shot sent in by Peter Voelk of Lone Star Plumbing & Heating in Calgary, Alberta.
Two Lochinvar Knight boilers power approximately 2,900 sq. ft. of in-slab heating for the basement and garage, another 4,500 square feet of radiant panels on the main and second floors, as well as two fan coils and an 80-gallon Lochinvar Squire indirect hot water tank for the DHW. Great stuff, Peter!
Kal-West Mechanical Systems
An example of simple, clean, modern hydronics. This installation fom Kal-West Mechanical Systems shows the room pre-insulation for a better idea of what's going on. The installation includes:
Fully modulating condensing boilers
Pumps with built-in VFD’s
Great work guys!
When a plumber works on his own home
Thomas Tarabokija, who is a Sr. Field Service Tech for Trane New York/New Jersey did this as his weekend project during the Summer of 2007:
"I did a load cal on the home, down sized the boiler from a 200,000 American Standard to a 140,000 Munchkin Heat Transfer Products. I relocated the boiler from the first floor laundry room to the basement. Re-zoned the home, set every bedroom on its own zone... and added a hydronic fan heater to the garage and basement."
Amazing stuff, Thomas, and a welcome addition to the Wall of Fame!
Harvey Hottel, Inc.
The mechanical room at the Kentlands Community Center, installed by Harvey Hottel, Inc., Gaithersburg, Md.
So you're doing a dorm renovation for Tennessee Technology University in Cookevillee, TN. The problem: the design for your mechanical room calls for a lot of suspended pipe that's going to eat up a lot of space. The solution? A revised layout that could easily be hanging in MOMA. Great work sent to us by Garry Floeter, President /Managing Member at CHC Mechanical Contractors.
Check out the beautiful work in this mechanical room from Hi-Tech Heating in Howard Beach, NY. According to Jim Brady at Hi-Tech: "It was a complete heating system replacement for the 105th Police Precinct in Queen NY. The original heating plant was a single HB Smith 450 Mills boiler that we replaced with three Triad boilers with Riello dual fuel burners." Great work, Jim!
The New Glarus Brewery
Some of the most demanding piping work is done in breweries. Most of the piping needs to be stainless steel to comply with food safety regulations, which is not a forgiving material.
A team of plumbers and pipefitters was brought in from Germany to do the work at the expanded New Glarus Brewery in New Glarus, Wisc., and the results are incredible. If you're ever up that way, take the self-guided tour. Thanks to the traveling beer connoisseurs at FuzzyBrew.com for the picture.
Sison Plumbing and Heating
Here is Bruce Sison, owner of Sison Plumbing & Heating, posing next to part of a residential hydronics system his company recently installed.
Elements of the new system include efficient Runtal baseboards and a 150-MBH Burnham Alpine condensing boiler.
For more on Sison Plumbing and more information on the installation (including more photos) click here.
Mako Plumbing and Heating
This boiler room install from Mako Plumbing and Heating has an amazingly efficient use of space; the circulators and Taco control all get their own pre-fabbed panel.
Thanks for the image goes to Richard Gazzola, company president.
Four 150-horsepower, dual-fuel EX-150 SGO boilers from Miura recently installed in the Manchester Memorial Hospital by The Eastern Connecticut Health Network in partnership with the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc.
Ridgeway Home Services
This amazing work is from a 24,000-sq.-ft. custom residential job on beautiful Geneva Lake in Fontana, Wis. In two years of work Jason Ridgeway and his crew from Ridgeway Home Services installed 55-tons of geothermal and 1.7 miles of PEX tubing for in-floor radiant.
Check out the whole story as it appeared on Mechanical Hub's Onsite Video.