January 19, 2013 |
Question: Eighteen years ago, we had to replace the steam boiler that had heated our old home for more than 50 years. Our oil supplier installed an oil-fired boiler/burner unit, with a new feeder cutoff, smoke pipe, and draft regulator - a complete system replacement. We've left the three-story Victorian for a retirement ranch-style house, and the old house is currently on the market. Recently, we discovered that the steam boiler had cracked, and water is leaking into the burn chamber.
October 19, 2011 |
Police removed 10 children and teenagers Tuesday night who had been in the care of Linda Ann Weston, the woman charged this week with enslaving four mentally challenged adults in a Tacony basement, and said the group showed signs of abuse and malnutrition. Among the group was Beatrice Weston, 19, a niece reported missing in 2009. Investigators are trying to find the parents of the children, and police said two of the children may be related to one of the adult victims kept in the basement.
May 2, 2011 |
The tension in the basement of the Stiffel Senior Center had been slowly rising for nearly an hour when Harry Azoff was moved to speak. He'd sat quietly through the presentation by the woman from the board, and heard her deliver the bad news about the bottom line. The 83-year-old community center, at Marshall and Porter in South Philadelphia, must close by July 31 because it's hemorrhaging money. He listened as the questions came. Is this a done deal? Where are the politicians?
November 23, 2010
Joseph B. Collins Sr., 65, former director of plant engineering at Virtua Health Systems in Voorhees, died Friday, Nov. 19, at his home in the Poconos following complications from cardiovascular disease. About a year after graduating from Gloucester Catholic High School in 1963, Mr. Collins started delivering newspapers around South Jersey. He worked for The Inquirer for the next 10 years and left in 1974 as a supervisor for suburban circulation based out of South Jersey. In the mid-'70s, Mr. Collins attended technical school and received his high-pressure boiler license, said his son Joseph Jr. Mr. Collins took a job as a boiler engineer at West Jersey Hospital, now Virtua Health Systems, in 1976 and moved up the ranks, eventually becoming director of plant services at Virtua's Voorhees location.
May 26, 2009 |
As Michael Vick was released from prison last week, pundits of every variety were hitting the airwaves. They were questioning whether the former star quarterback is truly repentant for his so-called morally reprehensible operation of a dogfighting ring. In the spirit of this discussion, I would like to raise a basic question: What did Michael Vick do that is morally reprehensible? Some of us forget that dogs are mere animals, and that animal mistreatment is as American as Apple iPods.
December 26, 2008 |
Question: Do know anything about radiators and boilers for the home? I'm not sure about proper bleeding and boiler settings. How can I find out this information? Any help would be appreciated. Answer: As someone always reminds me when I respond to a question like this, you bleed the system, not the radiators. I used to do this every year in my Mount Airy house, going up to the third floor with a radiator key and a bucket and making sure water appeared after the air was removed.
May 28, 2007 |
A worker at a metal-plating plant in Chester County died yesterday from burns suffered in a boiler explosion Saturday night that critically injured two coworkers. The three men were working about 9:45 p.m. in the melt shop at Mittal Steel in South Coatesville when the boiler exploded. Two men were flown to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where one later died and the other was in critical condition, a nursing supervisor said last night. The third worker, identified by family as 38-year-old William Solen Jr., was airlifted to Temple University Medical Center, where he was in critical condition yesterday, his mother, Janice Solen, said.
November 20, 2006
I FIND IT amazing that the school district is facing a $73 million deficit. There are chauffeurs, catering, executives, parents as truant officers and other unjustified expenses. Instead of cutting transportation, teachers and extra-curricular activities, why doesn't the district just cut out all of these expenses? The Philadelphia capital fund just paid $63 million for a state-of-the-art school (the price of two new schools), when the school district can't even budget for the ones they have now. The fund also has an allotment of 14 percent of $1.5 billion for "other.
March 23, 2006 |
An explosion sent three SEPTA workers, one critically injured, to area hospitals after a boiler blew up in South Philadelphia yesterday morning, said a transit agency spokesman. The explosion in the Southern District Depot at 20th and Johnston Streets happened shortly after 7 a.m. as two of the employees were working on a large boiler that provides heat for the depot, a building used for storage and maintenance, spokesman Richard Maloney said. "They were working on it when it exploded for unknown reasons," Maloney said.
December 9, 2005 |
Question: I would like to remove wallpaper that was put on about 15 years ago in one of my bathrooms. Is there an easy and safe way to remove it? What should I buy? Will there be any strong fumes from what I would be using? Answer: Vinegar in warm water still works best. And it would be a good thing if the person who put the wallpaper on in the first place sized the wall beforehand - a process that creates a barrier between the wall material and back of the wallpaper, so that only the paper (and not the wall)