Historic venue proves perfect setting for Wetstock 2019

Dan Holohan, left, and Larry Weingarten at Wetstock 2019.
The past, present and future of all things heating related came together on an unseasonably cold day in New York recently, as the HeatingHelp.com community gathered for Wetstock 2019.

Erin Holohan Haskell, president of HeatingHelp.com, began the event by addressing the sold-out crowd, saying, “We’re thrilled and very grateful to be among friends here today in this beautiful landmark building of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York. We’re going to have a wonderful afternoon learning from one another, surrounded by all of this remarkable history.”

Throughout the afternoon, attendees gathered at different tables to discuss various topics including radiant heating and controls, geothermal, solar, indoor air quality, innovative construction, hiring and training, making steam heating more efficient, tricks of the trade, the future of our industry, and more.

Attendees of the August 24 event also had the unique opportunity to tour Larry Weingarten’s recently donated antique water heater collection and view Gil Carlson’s original System Syzer (now the Carlson/Holohan Award for Industry Excellence).

The General Society’s building has a fascinating heating system, with remnants of Andrew Paul’s vacuum system and radiators that date back to the 1890s. Dan Holohan led tours of the mechanical room, revealing the fascinating history of this unique system and how it was restored.

“I could feel the past generations who built New York all around me in that place. It was a feeling of pride to be in that building and around all of the great people present,” said John Ruhnke.

Proceeds from Wetstock go towards Merit Awards for graduates of the Mechanics Institute HVAC/R curriculum at the General Society.

Holohan Haskell noted, “At HeatingHelp.com we have a saying we call A Century of Pride, and it goes like this: ‘A hundred years from now, they will gaze upon my work and marvel at my skills, but never know my name. And that will be good enough for me.’

“Consider that as you gaze upon the steam pipes around the perimeter of the skylight up there, as you share your knowledge with friends here today, and as you continue to leave your mark on this world.

“We thank you for all that you do and are so pleased to have you here with us today and in our community at HeatingHelp.com.”