One of the reasons I love building steam systems is because you don’t have to wait to find out if you’re right or wrong. It tells you immediately. As soon as you fire up the system if you’ve done something improperly or outside the parameters of functional steam piping you’ll know immediately. You’ll be riddled with problems; noises, water hammering, no heat, too much heat, all sorts of issues are definitely going to show themselves instantly. You won’t have to wait a week, you won’t have to wait a month, you will not have to wait very long at all. It will tell you immediately whether you’re right or wrong. For that, I do appreciate the technical aspects of steam work. And when it does work, it’s a very satisfying thing! When a homeowner or a customer is perplexed by the circumstances of their discomfort; whether it be a noise, a leaking air vent, or abruptly banging radiators, to confidently walk into the building and identify & remedy the problem, is satisfying. Sometimes you’re humorously called a hero, but it does feel good.
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