Flo Control Valve - Mercedes-Benz Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
DP
Moderator
 
DP's Avatar
 
Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 190E, 400E, SLK350
Location: Chesapeak Bay
Posts: 64,125
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Quoted: 991 Post(s)
Lifetime Premium Member
(Thread Starter)
Flo Control Valve

Anyone knows about Flo Control Valves? Like the Bell & Gossett kind but I am not sure what my brand is. My model number is FA3-61, it's a straight angle pattern with 2" on the angle met with a what I believe a 3/4 (that connects to the expansion tank). On the horizontal 2" outlet, I have a flange assembly.
Here is a sample (none look exactly like mine)
DP is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 05:09 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
FeelTheLove's Avatar
 
Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
Posts: 28,829
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Man, another bout of heavy drinking again bedevils this man.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
FeelTheLove is offline  
post #3 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 06:55 PM
Pop
BenzWorld Member
 
Pop's Avatar
 
Date registered: Dec 2006
Vehicle: 2007 E320 Blutec, 2004 Dodge 2500 HD Cummins diesel
Posts: 74
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by drewprof View Post
Anyone knows about Flo Control Valves? Like the Bell & Gossett kind but I am not sure what my brand is. My model number is FA3-61, it's a straight angle pattern with 2" on the angle met with a what I believe a 3/4 (that connects to the expansion tank). On the horizontal 2" outlet, I have a flange assembly.
Here is a sample (none look exactly like mine)
Not sure what your question or concern is re. flow control valves. They are used extensively in the chemical/process industry. Generally speaking, they are used with a pneumatic or electronic operator to adjust the downstream flow of liquids. Perhaps many more applications as well.
Pop is offline  
post #4 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
DP
Moderator
 
DP's Avatar
 
Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 190E, 400E, SLK350
Location: Chesapeak Bay
Posts: 64,125
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Quoted: 991 Post(s)
Lifetime Premium Member
(Thread Starter)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pop View Post
Not sure what your question or concern is re. flow control valves. They are used extensively in the chemical/process industry. Generally speaking, they are used with a pneumatic or electronic operator to adjust the downstream flow of liquids. Perhaps many more applications as well.
My application is my heating system. I have a hydronic system.
These valves are also called gravity or zone valves by some. In my case they allow for the flow of hot water upstream to the upper floors where my pump motor is on the downstream circuit on the return feed to the boiler.
I have two of those valves but one is rusted badly at the flange. I don't want to go through the trouble of cleaning it and resurfacing it if the price for a new valve is reasonable.
DP is offline  
post #5 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
DP
Moderator
 
DP's Avatar
 
Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 190E, 400E, SLK350
Location: Chesapeak Bay
Posts: 64,125
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Quoted: 991 Post(s)
Lifetime Premium Member
(Thread Starter)
Quote:
Originally Posted by FeelTheLove View Post
Man, another bout of heavy drinking again bedevils this man.
I got a Château Mauvais bottle of wine chillin for my consumption tonight. I would send you a sample in exchange for one of your exotic products.
DP is offline  
post #6 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 07:21 PM
Pop
BenzWorld Member
 
Pop's Avatar
 
Date registered: Dec 2006
Vehicle: 2007 E320 Blutec, 2004 Dodge 2500 HD Cummins diesel
Posts: 74
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by drewprof View Post
My application is my heating system. I have a hydronic system.
These valves are also called gravity or zone valves by some. In my case they allow for the flow of hot water upstream to the upper floors where my pump motor is on the downstream circuit on the return feed to the boiler.
I have two of those valves but one is rusted badly at the flange. I don't want to go through the trouble of cleaning it and resurfacing it if the price for a new valve is reasonable.
Rusty flanges indicate that the joint has been leaking. While I am not familiar with your system, it appears that the valves simply act as check valves to allow flow in only one direction to keep the upper level piping flooded. It would certainly not hurt to clean up the valve and install new flange gaskets and see if it stops leaking. The cleaning is free if you do it yourself and the gaskets can be handcut from the correct sheet material if inexpensive replacement gaskets are not readily available. Be sure to reinstall it in the same orientation (look for an arrow on the body to indicate the direction of flow). Good luck!
Pop is offline  
post #7 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
DP
Moderator
 
DP's Avatar
 
Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 190E, 400E, SLK350
Location: Chesapeak Bay
Posts: 64,125
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Quoted: 991 Post(s)
Lifetime Premium Member
(Thread Starter)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pop View Post
Rusty flanges indicate that the joint has been leaking. While I am not familiar with your system, it appears that the valves simply act as check valves to allow flow in only one direction to keep the upper level piping flooded. It would certainly not hurt to clean up the valve and install new flange gaskets and see if it stops leaking. The cleaning is free if you do it yourself and the gaskets can be handcut from the correct sheet material if inexpensive replacement gaskets are not readily available. Be sure to reinstall it in the same orientation (look for an arrow on the body to indicate the direction of flow). Good luck!
Yes all that make sense but I was hoping to find a new one because I have a feeling that once I fiddle with the flange it's going to crack in pieces. It just looks bad.
DP is offline  
post #8 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 07:31 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
mcbear's Avatar
 
Date registered: Apr 2004
Vehicle: E500Es
Location: The BlueGrass State
Posts: 29,579
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Since it is winter, is this valve going to be open/shut with regularity until spring when you shut down the system?

In other words, could you take the valve out of the system for the winter and run a straight copper [sorry] fitting while you do a search for the correct control valve?


And can you post pics?

McBear,
Kentucky

Being smart is knowing the difference, in a sticky situation between a well delivered anecdote and a well delivered antidote - bear.
mcbear is offline  
post #9 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 07:52 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
mcbear's Avatar
 
Date registered: Apr 2004
Vehicle: E500Es
Location: The BlueGrass State
Posts: 29,579
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
The Framework Agreement number lines up with FA361 which is Atlantic Plastics - 020 888 44 388 out of England which is part of Tyco Flow Control.

Tyco Waterworks

It might be a wild goose chase since the tyco site sucks but it is worth a shot. Their search "feature" is less than optimal.

McBear,
Kentucky

Being smart is knowing the difference, in a sticky situation between a well delivered anecdote and a well delivered antidote - bear.
mcbear is offline  
post #10 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-20-2008, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
DP
Moderator
 
DP's Avatar
 
Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: 190E, 400E, SLK350
Location: Chesapeak Bay
Posts: 64,125
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Quoted: 991 Post(s)
Lifetime Premium Member
(Thread Starter)
What a friggin mess!
I am right now taking a break from this job. I went ahead and supposedly drained the system from water but I forgot about the expansion tank
When I finished cutting the last bolt on the flange I got drenched and basically turned the basement into a pool. Anyway, I just finished cleaning up and my next job is to drill out the bolts from the flanges. They did not want to come out or cooperate; one had its head fused to the flange as if the metals combined and no amount of chiseling is delineating where one end and the other starts. To top it all, I am working in a very confined space with asbestos wrapped pipes hanging all around me. Right now my wife is applying duct tape so when I come back the exposure will be minimal.
This is as bad as replacing the engine mounts on my W126 yesterday. One allen bolt was stripped while the other was not accessible as it hid behind the cross member. I got them bad boys out but I swear I will not do this again unless I have a lift.
Anyway, going back to the subject, the flanges seem salvageable if I don't destroy them in the process. Will see!
DP is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > Off-Topic

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











  • Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
     
    Thread Tools
    Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
    Email this Page Email this Page
    Display Modes
    Linear Mode Linear Mode



    Similar Threads
    Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
    high flo cats amgstyle R170 SLK-Class 1 05-19-2008 12:13 PM
    Thru Flo replacement Air Filter Hary Gahtoe C208/A208 CLK-Class 3 12-14-2006 09:01 AM
    New idle control valve Louie_D W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class 1 12-08-2006 11:53 PM
    What with FLO drivers Formoque C208/A208 CLK-Class 2 05-10-2006 05:47 PM
    Happy Birthday G560 - FLO! EuroTruck G-Class 6 10-04-2005 10:42 AM

    Posting Rules  
    You may post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are On
    Pingbacks are On
    Refbacks are On

     

    Title goes here

    close
    video goes here
    description goes here. Read Full Story
    For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome