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    I always save burners and have loads on my racking in various stages of dismantlement where I have raided for bits. I've got 2 RDB burners ready to go.

    I've got loads of baffles for obsolete boilers so if anyone needs anything drop me a line.
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    I find rdb's are a bit like rocking horse poop as far as a standby burner. I've broken all my burners down bar a b9 and I'm down to my last BH011.
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    I find rdb's are a bit like rocking horse poop as far as a standby burner. I've broken all my burners down bar a b9 and I'm down to my last BH011.
    I have so many BHO 11s, I have no idea what amount are lying about.

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    I kept a couple of really decent burners from a couple of boiler changes I did to a house, where the bloke moved in and just wanted new boilers. Didn't care that the old ones worked fine and were only 5 years old. He wanted peace of mind. So in they went.

    In the end, when I moved house last year, I threw them out.

    In fairness, I mainly do installs on the oil side. So please excuse this if it's a stupid question. But do you keep 'standby' burners for use in particular boilers. Or do you have standby's which you fit the right nozzle in, set up the pump pressure and air ratio and put them in just about any other boiler? (As long as the blast tube fits, ect ect).
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHPES View Post
    I always save burners and have loads on my racking in various stages of dismantlement where I have raided for bits. I've got 2 RDB burners ready to go.

    I've got loads of baffles for obsolete boilers so if anyone needs anything drop me a line.
    You could always start up a boiler scrapyard

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    Standbys for most boilers. Just fit nozzles and set up to suit. The RDB will fit most boilers.

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    Couple of tips I'm sure I posted in the general section but specific to oil:

    Most motors take one 6202RS and one 6202zz bearings. These are the same as many alternator bearings and are readily available from car parts suppliers and as such a good deal cheaper than from plumbers merchants.

    For tanks below the level of a burner you need a priming pump to draw the fuel into the burner. This is a bulb shaped squeezy rubber thing. Again obtainable from most automotive tool & parts dealers. Fit a flexi hose with male swivel end at the fuel pump end then you can push a rubber pipe onto it between your priming pump without having to mess with fittings.

    When installing fuel lines to tanks below the level of the burner, remember to use the correct bore pipework, (usually 8 or 6mm diameter but given in your OFTEC installation file). 6mm plastic coated copper is cheaper to buy from a hydraulics merchants than an oil fired heating suppliers.

    If you are into night fishing or night activities, get a Tilley lamp as you can run this on all the waste kerosene from cleaning filters / emptying old tanks etc.

    If the ignition coil has failed, you need to replace the control unit as well, as the ignition relay has probably got stuck down which is usually the reason for the failure of the coil. Just replacing the coil is an expensive mistake as the fault with the control box will wreck the new coil.

    Always remember to put your nut onto the oil pipe before you flare the end over
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    For soot, I think DualX is the business!!
    Cleans it out like a new one!

    Nice one WHPES - How many of us have flared the pipe twice?? Doh!

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    I know I put this in the general section but I'll put it here as well.

    Don't leave bits of kit you have replaced lying around at the customer's place as it's bad practice. One local engineer I come across seems to leave debris and junk with customers and today I was presented with a shoebox of worn out oil pumps, used flexi hoses, nozzles, bust control box, broken solenoid etc. Fair enough if something still functions (such as an old nozzle, but only one), leave it there, but otherwise If you replace something faulty, show it to the customer and ask if they would like you to dispose of or recycle it for them. If they say they want to keep it, fair enough, otherwise take your junk away with you.

    It is one of my main pet hates, tradesmen leaving junk for me to clear away, whether they be electricians, joiners, plumbers etc. Wire trimmings, empty PTFE spools, rubble etc swept under floorboards really annoys me. I only use tradesmen for my own jobs who are tidy. Came to one property and there were half a dozen old flexi oil lines tied around a horizontal pipe like dead moles on a molecatcher's gibbet, totally ridiculous.

    In industry for commercial work, it is an absolute no-no to leave junk on site and if you do so, the customer will take a dim view of it. Domestic is no different. There's also a potential liability risk if you leave a broken component and someone later tries it and something goes wrong, they could blame you.

    On another note, as a previous post has said, make it obvious what you take off is useless by breaking it so it can't get mixed up with good stuff again. I always bend old immersion heater stats in half for example as soon as I take them out.

    I worked in a printing works once. In the past, a plumber had left a short pipe offcut on a gantry which months later had accidentally been knocked off and fell into a printing press, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
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    I quite like finding a little stash of old nozzles in a boiler, helps my scrap pile along a little
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    How many nozzles would you reckon you would have to find to have enough scrap to buy a pint of beer?

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    A fair few, but then I do replace a fair few, generally have a bucket full of the little fellas when I do a scrap run
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