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Right way to disassemble radiator piping?

I have an old house with a radiator system, and am needing to take a radiator out. While some of the radiators in my house have nuts on both ends of the radiator, making it easy to remove, this one ...
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What could cause my radiators to go cold when the hot water is turned on?

When only heating is selected on my program timer the radiators all work fine and are hot. But when both heating and hot water are on the water gets hot but all the radiators go cold. When the hot ...
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What is the impact of a backwards connected hot water radiator?

When building a hot water heating system the plumber has connected one of the hot water radiators backwards, i.e., the loop comes in at the bottom of the radiator and leaves the radiator on the other ...
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How should I attach a slab of soapstone to iron shelf brackets?

I have a 1'×3' slab of soapstone that I'm placing on top of my radiator, creating a shelf: The radiator bears most of the weight, but the stone isn't stable on top of the radiator (the individual ...
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Leaking Steam Radiator Pipe?

Just noticed a brown stain on my dinning room ceiling. It's almost directly above a cast iron radiator on the second floor. I know the water in the system gets iron deposits which must be why it's ...
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How to close pipes of shared central heating radiator

I want to permanently remove a radiator in my apartment that is connected to a central heating system shared by other apartments. It gets in the way of a kitchen we are installing. The pipes must be ...
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Banging pipes/radiator

I just moved into a new apartment and the steam heating is driving me insane. There are three kinds of noise: banging pipes when the heat comes on (seems to be coming from the floor/walls); ...
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Prewarming for tankless waterheater

I have a tankless water heater that is just a little bit to small for our new house - the temperature rise isn't quite enough for the winter months. Our basement is big and relatively warm so I struck ...
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How do I remove this radiator cover?

I'm currently in the process of decorating and making my new home look nice and a big thing that is bothering me is the dust from inside the radiator vent, there is a lot! The radiator cover is ...
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Why is my hot water baseboard heater not heating?

I have classic cast iron radiators in my house and then one "modern" one pictured below. It was installed in the 80s from what I know. It doesn't seem to produce much heat at all. It is properly ...
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How to add a new radiator/plinth heater into heating circuit? Series or Parallel?

I've just bought an hydronic [sic] plinth heater to go in my kitchen and I'm not sure how to plumb it in. I currently have a combi-boiler central heating circuit with all HEP (plastic) pipe and ...
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Chromalux Electric Boiler Replacement for Radiator System

I have an old chromalux electric heater heating my radiant heaters. Would it be more cost effective to replace it with a gas fired boiler? - and would I have to replace the rads or just tie into them?
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Radiator malfunction

I have a 3 story, 100 year old house with original hot water radiators and modern furnace. I have never done any preventative maintenance such as yearly bleeding of the radiators, etc., and everything ...
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How can I bleed my valves if they are turned towards the wall?

The radiator valve spout is turned away from me. What can I do to bleed these radiators?
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Electric panel radiator won't turn on but it is warm where the gauge is

I have bought this house from 78 and it has nobö electric panel radiators 400V. I tried to turn them on for the first time but they won't turn on. The interesting thing is they are a bit warm where ...
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Why is one radiator TRV in the house missing the control?

My house had a new gas central heating system fitted, with new radiators, before I moved in. One radiator (in the tiny downstairs WC) is missing the control knob for the TRV, and is set to the highest ...
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Why would a newly installed radiator only heat when on constant bleed?

We have changed a gas central heating radiator. It is the last radiator in the circuit. It will not communicate with the boiler and only brings hot water into the pipe leading to the thermostat when ...
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How long should water come out of a radiator whilst I bleed it, if the radiator is isolated?

Trying to isolate a leaking radiator. I've closed the locksheild valve by turning it clockwise until it tightened and set the thermostatic valve to 0. I've just tried bleeding the radiator to check ...
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How tight should a Maid-o-Mist steam valve adjustment screw be?

I have a single pipe steam heat system with radiators. To use this system I use the Maid-o-Mist brand valves. These valves come in different sizes. The website provides a nice diagram about what ...
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Need to purge air from every radiatior?

I have a gas fired hot water central heating system. Water is circulated by two zone pumps at the furnace. There is an automatic fill valve. I recently had work done on the heating system, and the ...
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Why are only 2 of the 14 posts in my radiator heating up?

I recently changed from oil heat to gas. All the radiators work in my 2 story home except for one on the first floor, which heats 2 out of the 14 posts. I changed the valve, which didn't work. Then I ...
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Boiler Resevoir Slow Leak

I'm a new home owner. My house is heated with steam radiators attached to an oil fed boiler. The boiler is getting close to retirement. One concern I have is that I need to drain water from the ...
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Fitting a thermostatic valve onto a towel rail

I've got a towel rail in my bathroom that is heated from my combi boiler. I'd like to fit a TRV to the towel rail. Is there any reason why I shouldn't do that? Should I buy a specific type of TRV, or ...
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What type of paint and how many coats should be used to paint a radiator?

We've moved into a new house with a fairly incompatible sense of interior design. To illustrate one room in particular, the walls are orange, the floor to ceiling shelves are orange, the fireplace ...
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What is the purpose of the valve between these two pipes?

I saw an interesting arrangement of pipes and valves in a house I visited. These are hot water pipes, the two vertical pipes connect to a radiator. What is the purpose of the valve between the two ...
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Refurbishing badly painted, rusty radiator

I'm trying to refurbish a radiator which is in pretty poor shape. The paint was all cracked and yellowing, and having sanded it, there's rust patches underneath. It's been painted badly in the ...
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Is this Radiator handle/valve a replaceable part? Do I need to drain the system first?

Perhaps a stupid question... The ON / OFF valve on one of my 1900s radiators does not turn. Pictures below. The radiator is in a permanent "hot" state. Is the "valve" (handle and "small nut") ...
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Should I leave water in my galvanized radiator pipes when permanently removing boiler?

I have switched to using a ductless heat pump for heating and am planning on removing my gas boiler but leaving the hot water baseboard radiators and 65-year-old galvanized pipes (in the crawlspace). ...
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How do I go about finding the correct size hydronic baseboard radiator covers?

I replaced some drywall behind a hydronic baseboard radiator. The original covers were thrown out. The element size is 2.75x2.75. This is bigger than the covers sold at big box stores. I called a ...
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Insulated radiator foil

I'm concerned that the insulation/ cardboard foil that's behind my recessed radiator is asbestos. My house was built in 1960. Does anyone know if they made that stuff with asbestos? Before purchasing ...
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How do I plumb radiators in an off grid cottage?

I have a cottage that is off grid. I want to plumb radiators on it that wont use a pump, or minimise usage of a pump if at all possible. What is the best way to do this? Hot water tank is raised to ...
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How can I stop my boiler from making all this noise?

I'd like to preface this post with the fact that I'm a complete diy amateur. I may say stupid things, or things that make no sense. Please feel free to correct me as I'm always open to learn. So, ...
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Second floor radiators only heat with all other radiators off

I have 2 rads on the second floor that will get hot water flow only when I stop all flow to the other rads on the system. Even then, the flow is very low. I have had this system for 10 years and ...
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Are there fans for radiators to improve performance?

I lived all my life with forced air heating and cooling, but my house now has steam radiators. They perform ok, I suppose, but I know from trying that just letting the convection cause the airflow ...
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Can I build storage in front of heaters?

We're in an NYC pre-war apartment building. Under every window, there's a built in radiator: Each has a knob that supposedly shuts the radiator off but it doesn't always work. Meaning you can ...
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Would upgrading hot water radiator heating result in much better efficiency?

My wife and I are thinking about buying a funky old house where we live, in southern Ontario, and trying to prioritize upgrades. There's a lot of knob and tube to replace -- top priority -- and some ...
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The hot water is working but the radiators will not heat up!

We have a Utica Boiler model number SFH4150WT and we are receiving hot water but the radiators do not heat up!!. We tried bleeding the radiators, they only heated up a little bit but after about 5 min ...
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Why don't my Radiators get hot?

When I turn on my heat, the pump attached to the boiler comes on but the pipes don't get hot and the radiators never do either. I've bled them and believe they are hot water radiators (since there ...
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Steam radiator not connected

I have two radiators on third floor that doesn't get hot. Gas boiler in basement. I suspect they are not connected. Can I find disconnect point without tearing into walls and creating more ...
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Why are certain radiators hot during the night when the thermostat is very low?

We have a gas central heating system and we have set the thermostat to come on at different temperatures during the day. Generally between 7.00 and 22.00 it is set between 19 to 22 centigrade. From 22....
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Changing radiators to radiant wall heating

In my bedroom/study I have only a radiator as heating. The problem is that the water flow is controlled by the thermostat in the living. This means that around wintertime my room has a big change in ...
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How do I repair a small leak in a steam radiator? Could this be a big problem?

One of my steam radiators has a small leak under the bottom. No hole is visible, but water drips out at a rate of a few drops per minute. Various websites suggest applying a 1 mm thick layer of J-B ...
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Are large radiators supposed to be colder?

I have a radiator in my room which is downstairs. It is a large radiators, almost 2 meters across. It is 10 degrees colder than the other radiators in the house (mine is 37 others are 47, tested with ...
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Why is the gas water heater pressure valve leaking after installing recirculation pump & old radiator?

Kind of a complex situation. Using gas water heater as a boiler for an old cast iron radiator. In addition we added a recirculation pump. Everything was working fine but then we had leaking from water ...
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Is their a Radiator Safe expanding Foam?

So I live in an apartment building and I have a Bug problem, go figure. I have had my place spray repeatedly to try and get rid of them, but with in a few weeks there always back, worst than when the ...
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Are radiator reflectors as effective as claimed?

I recently completed a survey to determine the energy efficiency of my home. The results weren't great but got me thinking about the quick and affordable things I could do to improve things and ...
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How do I remove the head off this Giacomini thermostatic radiator valve?

How do I remove the head off this Giacomini thermostatic radiator valve?: Click for larger view I was expecting part of the white bit to twist off easily, to reveal the inner pin on the valve. It ...
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What could be causing the humming sound in my hot water radiator?

The cold weather is here and yet again I have the same problem: humming radiators. I have done a lot of web searching and forum reading and not found any solution. The system is an oil burning ...
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Old recessed radiators with reflector foil

I just bought a home built in 1960. It has old recessed radiators. I've noticed that behind the radiators is some sort of reflector foil which I'm guessing is backed with insulation. Should I replace ...
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Why is noise coming from our hot water radiator even when it is off?

I own a condo and the heating is from a hot water radiator. We have a hot water radiator at the living room and there is quite a noise (some clanking but mostly like water running on a pipe) coming ...