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Hidden Glensheen – Boiler Room

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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:

Hidden Glensheen photo of the Boiler Room by Bryan French Photography

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.

Hidden Glensheen photo of the Boiler Room by Bryan French Photography

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:

Hidden Glensheen photo of the Boiler Room by Bryan French Photography

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.

Hidden Glensheen photo of the Boiler Room by Bryan French Photography

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:

Hidden Glensheen photo of the Boiler Room by Bryan French Photography

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:

Hidden Glensheen photo of the Boiler Room by Bryan French Photography

And here is the gauge that shows how many pounds of suction are being created:

Hidden Glensheen photo of the Boiler Room by Bryan French Photography

This is the power box that controlled the in-floor vacuum system:

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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!

Hidden Glensheen photo of the Boiler Room by Bryan French Photography

Here is the name plate, where you can see how many horsepower, volts and revolutions per minute this motor was capable of:

Hidden Glensheen photo of the Boiler Room by Bryan French Photography

 

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