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Posted by joe on June 18, 2006 at 23:22:31:
In Reply to: Re: Installing new radiator to 1 pipe system posted by george on June 03, 2006 at 07:07:05:
smash the elbow and cut the pipe out of the tee. This is how you do it: Cut the pipe near the tee leaving about a 1/2" of piping sticking out of the tee. Put your sawzall blade into that little piece of pipe and place the blade inside the tee, and try and hold the blade (use a long blade if necessary) level. Cut one notch in that piece of pipe that is about 1/2" to 3/4" inside the tee and 1/2" outside of the tee. Then cut another notch about a 1/2" away. Cut as many notches as you need, but usually two are good. Then take a large flat head screwdriver or a chisel and hammer out that 1/2" section (the two notches) of pipe from the tee. Then bang out or twist the rest, and make more notches if you feel it is necessary. Then run your copper piping from that tee. Although someone advised you not to use copper piping, it is the very easiest way to do it, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, when cutting in a line for one radiator. You'd drive yourself crazy using steel piping, cutting and threading, offsets and swings and unions just to connect your piping. Use copper for your branch and keep it simple, and it will work just the same. Forget about btu and sq footage, it will work. use 1" piping to go up to your radiator.
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