Re: Used steam radiators

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Posted by Steve Rapp on August 15, 2001 at 09:12:31:

In Reply to: Used steam radiators posted by Steve Warren on January 14, 2000 at 09:43:27:

: My house was recently renovated by the former owner. They replaced some of the old steam radiators with cast iron baseboard and unfortunately they do not provide adequate heat. Does anyone know where I might purchase use old fashioned radiators that would be consistent with the older radiators that still remain. I live just north of New York City.

: Thanks

I recently purchased radiators from House Parts in Rochester, NY.
They have a lot of different sizes and styles.

It was quite a project to use the old radiators that I got:
My house has a single pipe steam system and the radiators that I purchased were from a hot water system.

I first had to remove the original fittings and bushings. They could not be turned loose even with a 6 foot pipe wrench.
I cut the face off each bushing with an abrasive sawzall blade. I carefully sliced the remaining part of each bushing into pie pieces.
I tapped the peices to break them and then removed them from the radiator.
I plugged the one side, drilled and tapped for the vent, installed the proper size bushing for my valves, and connected the pipes.

The radiators that I got were painted and I still need to make covers for them.

My system is much quieter than with the
baseboard heaters that weren't installed properly and leaked.
My first floor is now restored to the original heating system and the temperature is
consistent between the first and second floors.

I got help from Hahn heating and I'm sure there are lots of other profesionals who could also help you.

Good luck.
Steve Rapp

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