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  1. Steam Safety: How to Stay Safe While Maintaining Your Steam Boiler

    Steam Safety: How to Stay Safe While Maintaining Your Steam Boiler

    Why do steam burns hurt more than water burns? Once steam hits your skin, it changes phase to water and releases all its energy on your skin. Steam contains a considerably larger amount of energy than water and will cause more significant burns. Any injury sustained in the workplace is liable for a worker’s compensation claim. A possible investigation by OSHA can result, and corrective actions must be taken to avoid further incidents and fines.  
    Ignoring the safety percussions around steam systems is no joke. In addition to severe burns and injuries, people have died due to boiler malfunctions and explosions. Continual boiler explosions led to the formation of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in the 1800s. Once formed, the ASME determined that all deaths caused by boiler explosions could be mitigated if design and build standards were implemented. This discovery led to the first publication from ASME concerning steam boilers, “Code for the Conduct of Tr

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  2. How To Install A Boiler Cover Plate Gasket In 5 Easy Steps

    How To Install A Boiler Cover Plate Gasket In 5 Easy Steps

    Steam makes extreme demands on gaskets. While cover plate gaskets are made to withstand those demands while maintaining an excellent seal, they are subject to deterioration over time. When it comes time to replace your gaskets, the process can be tricky if it's your first time. Not to worry, though! State Supply's got you covered. Below, we'll go over when to replace your rubber cover plate boiler gaskets and give you easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions on how to do so. With this guide, maintaining a tight seal has never been so easy! 
    When Should I Replace my Boiler Cover Plate Gaskets? 
    Most gaskets have a 1-2 year lifespan, meaning it's a part you'll have to replace quite often. If your gasket has reached the end of its' lifespan but shows no sign of deterioration, it's still a good idea to replace it as part of your annual boiler maintenance. Double-check your gasket's manufactures recommendations for accurate lifespan information. 

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    Don't Wait for Your Equipment to Fail! 10 Things that Should Be a Part of Your Annual Boiler Inspection

    Watch the pump doctor take apart a small Bell & Gossett Series 60 bearing assembly

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