The boiler room, similar to the laundry room, is another room that was made for getting dirty. Even more so, since this is where all the coal was shoveled into these boilers:
Here’s an up close view of one of the Trane boilers. For years, these were coal-fired, but more recently, the house has been converted to natural gas.
Once the coal was shoveled into the boiler (I don’t know about you, but I got “Steam Heat” from the Pajama Game running through my head right now!), the hot water was directed into these series of valves:
Once the hot water passed through those valves, it would make its way throughout the house.
Very few people are ever going to see the coal room. It’s dark (this is a very long exposure), it’s damp and it’s dirty. You can see the little coal bucket on the floor, and a bit of coal scattered around.
One of the things that I especially like about old houses is the detail that you find in unexpected places – for example, this gauge’s arrow does not need to be decorative, but I really appreciate that it is:
These are the canisters for the in-floor vacuum system. One canister was where all the detritus that was vacuumed up would go. The other provided the suction power:
And here is the gauge that shows how many pounds of suction are being created:
This is the power box that controlled the in-floor vacuum system:
When I first saw this motor, I figured that, because it was so large, it was used to generate electricity for the whole house. It turns out that this motor was only used to power the in-floor vacuum cleaning system!
Here is the name plate, where you can see how many horsepower, volts and revolutions per minute this motor was capable of: