well today was the day from hell. we got the boiler out of the basement and in the truck. it took four guys and two, count them two, broken fingers.
ive got one and my buddy has the other one. we had to take it out through the house, not fun, not fun at all. we started at 9 this morning and finished at 5 pm. well ive got a pile of parts. this was the day from hell. well its in the truck and its going to stay there till tomorrow. i forgot to take pictures of the unit in one piece. but there wasn't really enough room to take a picture any way. we took turns taking it apart. four guys and a boiler in a 8 x 8 room with 4 at the lowest and 6 feet in between the floor joists. low ceiling for four 6 foot+ guys. we all have knots on our heads tonight. one of my buddy's knocked him self good on the cast iron sewer drain that was about 4 foot off the ground. after finding out he was ok. he's not going to live that one down for some time.
upon looking at it as it came out of the house, the bolt pile had no broken bolts. i had taken the torch along just in case but it was not needed. the base looks good for being in three floods. i finally got answers today too. it was installed in 1959 and removed from service in 1974. it went through the 1972 flood and the 96 flood and the 2006 water main break in front of the house. there was a water line mark from the last flood on the base. i was told that after the 72 flood. it was gone through and put back in to service, after the flood. then it was removed two years latter before the original owner died from cancer. she said that her husband didn't want her to have to take the ashes out and feed the boiler after he had passed. so he installed a gas boiler in its place and moved the Losch out of the way. im going to get it off the truck in the morning and see what is needed. im going to test the water cooled grate first. this is the first thing on the list. if the grate doesn't hold water. then i will go in to it and see whats going on with it. and if i can fix it. if the grates good then test the boiler at pressure. if the worst case happens that the grates are leaking bad and the boiler is no good. off to the scrap yard it goes. right now ive got about what ill get for it if i took it to the scrap yard. so it wont be to much of a loss, except my time lost if its not worth fixing. but that's a last resort. fixing it is going to be high on the list. i will be kicking my self if i did all this work for nothing.