Stuck Flow Check

Stuck Flow Check

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:11 pm

Anybody have any tips on how to unstick a stuck open flow check ??

It appears that the flow check on my mother-in-laws' side of the farmhouse is stuck open and the AA 260 is still pumping the heat into her house through gravity flow.

She's getting roasted out.




Rick
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

Re: Stuck Flow Check

PostBy: crazy4coal On: Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:19 am

Hit it with a hammer. no joke.
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Re: Stuck Flow Check

PostBy: Freddy On: Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:44 am

crazy4coal wrote:Hit it with a hammer.


Bingo! It works almost every time. If that doesn't work, close and open the thumb screw & thump it again. It probably won't make any difference but at least you tried. ;) If it doesn't there's just no choice that I know of other than remove & replace it. It's such a rare event I don't think I'd try to remove to just clean it or fix it....chances are if it stuck any repair will be temporary & you don't want to go back there again.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
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Re: Stuck Flow Check

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:32 am

Yep, what the hell's wrong with you girly-guys--whack the bitch--not your MIL--the check valve :clap: toothy
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Re: Stuck Flow Check

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:11 am

I first thought about the hammer but didn't want to bust anything apart. I tend to over do things........


But eventually I got out the smaller hammer and started tapping around it. Finally got the valve to start working again. At least it shut off the flow of water through the pipes. Mother in law was relieved and that makes wifey happy so my life becomes a lot better !!!!!

Here's the culprit:
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I told everyone to just "chill out" until the spring/summer season.

I will be disassembling refurbishing, and replumbing the entire system. This year it seems like the old gal, (the AA Fred) is starting to tell me that it is time for a little work. The acidic water is starting to take its toll on everything.


And its not like I don't have anything to do..........................




Rick
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

Re: Stuck Flow Check

PostBy: Freddy On: Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:16 am

Rick 386 wrote: Finally got the valve to start working again.



Yippeee!
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Stuck Flow Check

PostBy: Sting On: Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:36 am

On: Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:11 pm
Anybody have any tips on how to unstick a stuck open flow check ??


OMG -- lets ask questions when HUMANS are still vertical and or the sun it still in the sky

after 10 is BAR TIME

-- but you still get the correct advice, so Ill go lay by my dish again :D
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Re: Stuck Flow Check

PostBy: Sting On: Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:41 am

meanwhile -- back at the ranch - Tonto disguised as a toilet seat is getting more tail than the Loan Ranger!

When you have the opportunity but before you let the system go cold - or once you restart for good NEXT season - dump a can of R6 Barr's stop leak in the system and let that circulate
not only will you have a minimal leak prevention agent in play -- the contents will scrub the circulator impellers clean and clean that pesky sticky flapper valve - this will help prevent it from sticking again

Kind Regards
Sting
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Re: Stuck Flow Check

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:25 am

Yep - that's good *censored* right there. It's in everything I drive. :D
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Re: Stuck Flow Check

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:50 pm

Does anyone have experience with Barr's on pexco plastic? Mike
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Re: Stuck Flow Check

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:23 am

Rick 386 wrote:Here's the culprit:
Flo_Control_Valve.jpg


I always plumb those with a drip leg at the lower port, a short piece of pipe and a cap to allow sediment to settle out. That is what usually causes the sticking.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 260M
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Re: Stuck Flow Check

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:32 am

Appreciate the tip.

Now if only I can remember that when I redo everything this spring.............





Rick
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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: LL Hyfire II w/ coaltrol in garage
Coal Size/Type: Pea in AA 260, Rice in LL Hyfire II
Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

Re: Stuck Flow Check

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:08 pm

Rick 386 wrote:Now if only I can remember that when I redo everything this spring.............


The guy behind the counter will probably talk you into using circulators with built in check valves anyway.
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