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steam fresh function on my LG all in one

Is there any way to disable the steam fresh function on my LG all in one washer/dryer? It builds up steam during the dry cycle and I am constantly burning myself.
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Older steam heating with integrated hot water

...Generates steam when heating water for shower & washer operation. Enough steam is produced to cause radiators throughout the home to heat up, which is clearly wasteful. We are new to this type ...
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Best way to shield microwave and cabinets from stovetop steam

We recently installed new cabinets in our kitchen and we also had our microwave vented to the outside. From this two problems have arisen. the Samsung microwave now sporadically gives a C-F0 error....
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CO, USA - Code Violation for Switch or Subpanel to Power AC & Humidifier?

My mechanical closet is on the third floor of our townhouse and our breaker panel is on the first. To install a steam humidifier, I’ll have to run a 220 line between two floors or outside, both of ...
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Is steam heat noisy?

Is steam heat noisy compared to forced hot water? I currently have forced hot water and the only noise is an occasionally hum from the pump (which can be annoying) and sometimes the sound of water ...
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can i use a transformer to run an american steam cleaner ( 120v/60hz) on a 220v/50hz

i recently purchased a steam cleaner ( sienna Luna plus) willing to use it in Algeria, but it is designed to be used in the US , the only way i found to transform 220 v 50 hz to 110 v ( i think ...
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How do I turn off this two-pipe steam radiator?

We live in an NYC apartment with steam heat. The noise of this radiator is driving us crazy because it's in the bedroom. We want to turn it off. The solution seems to be to shut the intake, the same ...
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What kind of radiator is this and can it take TRV

I live in a brownstone built in 1900 converted to separate apartments in early 1970’s (I think). We have a single pipe steam heat system and recently replaced the boiler. My unit is one that’s ...
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Thermostatic Control of Simple Apartment Heater

My daughter's apartment has a very simple heater. As shown in the pictures below, it is an heater-coil unit with only a fan control. There is no temperature control or thermostatic feedback. So, for ...
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How do I permanently remove a steam radiator?

I have a steam radiator in my apartment that I would like to completely remove, because: I want to use the space for something else my apartment is too warm it makes a loud hissing noise when it's on ...
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Any Idea what this connector might be?

Any idea what the pictured connector might be and how it might be replaced/connected again? It is part of a steam generator, for a steam shower, providing power to the heating element, I believe. It ...
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I lowered the pressure on my boiler and it flooded

We have single-pipe steam in our four unit building. We installed Danfoss RA 2000 valves in 3 of the 4 apartments but they seemed not to work too well and also tended to spit water from the air valves....
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How can I tell when my steam boiler needs water?

I just moved into a house with a gas-boiler steam system that provides heat (in-floor) and also runs the hot water tank. It works well enough but the floor heat seems a little weak. In a previous ...
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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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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); hissing ...
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Can baseboards be used in one pipe steam heating system?

I just switched to natural gas and had a new Weil-McLain steam boiler installed. (I originally had an oil boiler with steam heat.) It is a one pipe system and I have the old style radiators, except ...
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Is it dangerous to not replace a steam boiler pressure gauge that is stuck at 0?

Everything else works and it's heating fine. Let me know if you have more questions.
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Why does my boiler vent steam?

My understanding of a boiler system is that it is closed, meaning the water stays in the pipes and constantly recirculates. However, there is a vent (3" PVC pipe) that is connected to it that ...
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Heating System Replacement

I'm looking for recommendations. I live in an older house that still has a steam radiator heating system. I'm currently using oil but I also have a gas line coming in the house which the stove uses. ...
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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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Will batt insulation ignite if it is laying against my steam pipes?

I have steam pipes behind a wall that I loosely packed R30 batt insulation against. Is there a possibility that the insulation will ignite?
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Pipe seized to inaccessible coupling - how to attach a new pipe? [closed]

I have updated this question with additional detail - it is not a high-pressure steam environment; it only operates at 115 PSI. Apologies if this is off-topic here. It's less "home improvement", more ...
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Old double glaze: steam doesn't go

I'm renting, bedroom has some big old double glazed window. The steam showed in pictures below formed a few months ago. It's still there and apparently will never go! As a result the view is totally ...
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Can I use a 1/8 water supply line for a dryer with steam refresh option?

I have a whirlpool steam refresh dryer that is not next to the washer or a water pipe. Can I use a 1/8" flexible pipe tapped into a pipe and then increase to fit on the dryer?
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Best way to stop boiler steam from entering attic

I have a cape cod. The boiler is in the basement and vents to the outside about a foot above ground level. I get a considerable amount of snow melt and ice buildup in the attic section directly ...
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Can I use ProPEX for Pressure Relief and Steam Generator Drain?

I'm installing a steam generator and a tankless water heater. I want to know if I can use ProPEX for the P&T relief and for the steam generator's auto drain valve. The googling I did on the P&...
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Are uninsulated steam pipes behind walls and touching beams a fire hazard?

We are getting our unfinished basement done. We have replaced and rerouted (to make more space) our steam pipes (house built in 1937) with new pipes (Black and I believe 4 inches in diameter). These ...
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What size cap do I need for this steam pipe?

I'd like to put a cap on this steam pipe, but the standard cap sizes don't seem to fit -- a 2" cap is way too big and a 1.5" cap is slightly too small: There is a very faint "1 1/4" engraved on the T-...
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Best way to create a simple and economic steam machine for steaming wood?

I want to build a simple steam machine for steaming wood to bend. To do this I must place the wood into a sealed PVC pipe and pump steam into it. The PVC pipe part is the easiest part. Producing ...
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How can I repair kitchen counters that are disintegrating?

We have a pretty standard 90s style laminate kitchen counter top. There are cabinets and a dishwasher underneath, and the counter overhangs them by about a half inch. The bottom of the overhang is ...
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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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How to remove radiator pipe and value?

We just had central air installed and the contractor removed the radiators. However, the pipe and valves are left over sticking out of the floor upstairs. I tried using a plumber's wrench to at ...
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Is this radiator too small?

We have steam heat in our 1930s-era home and one of the bedrooms is much colder than the other two. Here is a picture of the radiator in the cold room: The room is 12'x12'x8'. This radiator is 8"...
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Should light bulbs above showers be “steam proof”?

In replacing the lighting in my apartment with LED bulbs, I noticed that the recessed can lighting above the shower (to be fair, the light is centered on the shower curtain) does not appear to be ...
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What is a dry steamer?

I want to buy a steamer to help getting rid of bed bug but I read that a steamer could wet the wooden furniture thus they could be ruined. Some recommends dry steamer but I am not sure what do they ...
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How good are steam cleaners compared to vacuum cleaners? [closed]

Are steam cleaners better then the vacuum cleaners for cleaning carpets and kitchen? Does steam cleaners can also do vacuum cleaning?
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Why are steam radiators used in the USA?

In the UK, we use water radiator systems when the boiler heats the water to about 70°C, this allows the boiler to get most of the energy out of the gas (or oil) by condensing the steam you get ...
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Why is my radiator hissing?

I've never had a radiator before, all central air for me, but I'm living in an apartment that has them now. All of the radiators in my apartment have been hissing, and pouring out steam from the "...
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Hissing vent on a steam heating pipe

In the kitchen of an apartment I've just moved in there's a vertical pipe running floor to ceiling, not connected to any radiator nearby. It gets hot, so I assume it is a part of steam heating system. ...
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Steam Baseboard vs. Steam Radiator

We currently have a single pipe steam heat system. We've had a couple of plumbers in to give us estimates on recessing our exposed radiators. Neither of them seemed thrilled with the idea and one ...
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Should the sight glass of a steam boiler always be within the recommended range? Or only when firing?

We just had a new steam boiler installed and it is working great; all radiators are hot when the heat turns on etc. One thing I noticed though is that the site glass for the water level reads too ...
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Should I use thread-seal tape for steam pipe?

I am getting ready to replace the pressuretrol of my oil-burning steam boiler, which provides heat and hot water. Should I use thread-seal tape (aka. Teflon tape, PTFE tape, tape dope, or plumber's ...
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Can I trust my pressuretrol?

My steam boiler, which supplies both heat and hot water, turned off a day or two ago, resulting in cold water. After some debugging, I found that the problem was with the pressuretrol, the device that ...
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Should I insulate steam pipes in the basement?

I have a steam-radiator heating system. The furnace is in the (unfinished) basement, and the steam-carrying steel pipes spread out across the basement ceiling before going up into the rest of the ...