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Mike Stearns

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  1. The problem you are having is common in my neck of the woods. It’s caused by an iron bacteria that’s in the water. The bacteria thrives in the water heater. The cold isn’t affected. The other problem is there’s not enough hot water being used to keep it flushed out. The only way to get rid of it is to bleach the system. You will need to drain a quart of water out of the heater and add quart bleach. You can either remove the anode rod or the cold water line. Let stand for 2 hours. At that time, start at the closest hot tap until you get the bleach smell and shut off and go to the next one and so on. Wait another 2 hours and start flushing at the first tap until bleach smell is gone and so on. This kills the bacteria in the heater as well as the piping. If you change the water heater, most heaters don’t last that long, you’ll still need to bleach the system. Just add bleach to heater and fill. If the house is on a well, You may also want to contact a well company and have the well treated as well. I’ve even seen this problem on city water. Mike

  2. That’s how or why I got mine. The department was all for it, but when they got to look at it in person, they saw all the work it was going to need. The older personal was willing to do all the work needed. I was asked to move it out of the department for our annual fish fry. So I moved it to my garage. This also made it easier for me to work on it since my tools are closer. It has never left the property. They finally decided they where not going to spend any money on it. They then finally approved giving it to me. 

    I have since retired from the department. I do support them when needed.

    I think it’s funny to me that they ( younger members mostly ) don’t care about it or their history. Most can’t drive anything that isn’t modern enough. They house two main line pumpers. A 1978 and a 1992. They are pump tested every year and the 78 has always out pumped the 92. They have 1000 gpm and 1250 gpm pumps respectively. They very seldom use the 78 unless the 92 has to issues on a seen. They just want to have the newest stuff with all the bells and whistles when the older stuff works and performs better. Mike


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  3. You will need to know the serial number of the block when you order gaskets from Olson’s. You may also need a picture of the block with the head. I got a kit mid spring and cost about $600. It was very well labeled and great quality. Mike

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