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During HeatingHelp.com’s Dead Men Tales podcast, industry expert and master storyteller Dan Holohan shares the stories behind the work and fun facts you may not know about heating history.
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Why Compression Tanks Waterlog
In this episode, Dan Holohan shares the history of expansion and compression tanks, along with some troubleshooting tips.
The Jal Fitting
In this episode, Dan Holohan tells the story of Irwin “Jal” Jalonack and his decision to use hydronic radiant heating in 18,000 Levitt homes in the 1940s and 50s. Episode TranscriptSome...
Running Down A Heating Mystery
There are always undeniable truths when you're troubleshooting, but sometimes we miss them because we arrive at the job with our minds made up already.
The Dopey Kid Who Used To Wear Your Clothes
In this episode, Dan Holohan tells the comical tale of a life lesson learned the hard way. Episode TranscriptA lesson in life learned the hard way: Never gloat over someone else’s...
How One Missing Pipe Can Make All the Difference
In this episode, Dan Holohan shares the solution for a common problem in areas where contractors add hot-water zones to steam boilers.
Dangerous Dan and the Hole in the Ground
In this episode, Dan Holohan tells you a tale that will keep you spellbound, of Dangerous Dan and the hole in the ground. Episode Transcript I’m going to tell you a...
The Magic of a Simple Air Vent
In this episode, Dan Holohan shares the story of how the air vent made quite an impression on those who were able to afford this relatively new thing called steam...
The Hartford Loop
From 1879 to 1891 there were 2,159 reported steam boiler explosions in the US. In this episode, Dan Holohan shares the story behind a piping configuration that saved boilers and...
Boilers don’t come from catalogs. In this episode, Dan Holohan takes us to a foundry where boilers are born. Episode TranscriptI asked Sissy about the floor in the old building because...
In this episode, Dan Holohan takes you to a circa-1871 loft building in NYC and shows you how Paul and Joe are running a large steam-heating system without steam traps...