Posted by nate_warren on March 02, 2001 at 11:32:12:
In Reply to: Removing a cast iron radiator posted by Rob Shramek on February 27, 2001 at 13:39:16:
Tom's advice sounds good...but in addition to what he said you may need to let that WD-40 or penetrating oil soak in for a few days before you get results. If the pipe enters the right side of the radiator, you'll need to turn the nut counter clockwise to loosen it. Also, be sure you use the pipe wrench correctly, by sliding it onto the nut from the top, so that it strengthens it's grip on the nut as you turn it. If all of this fails go get the flame wrench!
: I am trying to remove an old cast iron steam radiator from my friends kitchen. I can only move the nut connecting the radiator to the water pipe an inch in either direction and no further. First off, I am unsure which direction to turn the nut to remove the radiator, either up or down, I've tried both directions. If it makes any difference to anyone reading this, the water feed pipe is on the right side of the radiator. Secondly, I could use some advice as to how I can get the nut to turn at all before I strip it. I was told that sometimes an old pipe has to be heated up before the nut will turn properly due to rusting but I don't know if that's the case. Any advice on this subject would be appreciated.
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