dcrane--Probably a little far to drive, appreciate the offer though. I see stuff on craigslist closer by from time to time, just a case of projects>(time+money).
Not to mention the better half isn't exactly thrilled about giving up that much floor space...may be an easier sell in January with the wind blowing.
SC--Alright, will do, if I can't patch it up or get it patched. Should be interesting trying anyhow! Really probably more of a MIG job but I'm going to try with OA and real small tips...and farm it out if that doesn't pan out...if I can find anyone that wants to touch it! A skill I've been wanting to pick up, anyhow--never welded anything with gas, just cut stuff up.
Hydro-air might be an "in-between" step but we'll see...garage is small enough as it is, and there'd be a fair bit of work to gain basement access sufficient to put a boiler down there...but with 3 girls, I can sure see the demand for DHW increasing as the years go by! Just might pay off in the end. Lots of duct work needed anyhow, the place never heated right with the oil furnace, registers are mostly in the wrong spots and there's not near enough return air.
More pics as I get more work accomplished. Got tanks for torch today
so some progress should come shortly...on call this weekend tho.
What gauge and kind of metal would be best used to patch the heat exchanger? I'm thinking something like 18ga mild steel but don't know if that's got enough corrosion resistance...