Posted by tim on November 15, 2001 at 17:15:43:
In Reply to: Re: steam radiators and valves posted by jtown on November 14, 2001 at 19:18:11:
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Thanks for the info.
A few clarifications.
What do you mean when you say…. look for a packing post a few ago if you don't know how?
The stems themselves have not leaked. Perhaps because of the condition of the disk. I just can’t shutoff the valves because the composition disk are worn or partially broken and with the radiators off the valves steam through while i'm trying to work. I have turned the heat off. I can’t find the replacement disk. If I get the bonnets off I need to find replacements.
With your statement ……. Your best off leaving them right where they were planted and refinish, etc….
Is it your feelings that I should just reconnect the radiators to the valves rather then messing with the valves?
: With single pipe steam the valve should open fully all of the time. If the stem is leaking look for packing post a few ago if you don't know how. Your best off leaving them right where they were planted and refinish, etc. The valves are most likely soft brass and bend easily. To get the bonnet loose - heat the outer part, back and forth with a torch to expand, cool the inner part with a wet rag to shrink. Apply a beeswax candle (crafts store) to both sides of joint, repeat and then heat/cool, 10 Hail Marys and 3 Our Fathers and try wrench, then your bonnet will be off.
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