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Posted by Ola Fincke on November 25, 2005 at 14:59:25:
After replacing my old boiler 2 years ago with a Smith gas boiler, I discovered a 2.5 inch steam pipe in my crawl space which services my living room and downstairs hallway, had a leak. The patch lasted 1.5 yrs. but now there is another leak and the repairman recommended replacing the pipe, but told me he couldn't do it because there was no space to weld. I have contemplated adding electric forced air to my central air unit, but I really hate to give up my steam heat.
Is it possible to replace that section of line with a smaller sized pipe, or to just cut out the living room and hallway completely, by tying the steam pipe to the return, on each side of the house? I live in OK and few people here know much about steam heating systems for residential homes. I figure there has got to be a way to salvage my system, but I need some advice from someone out east where this is likely a more common problem.
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