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Frozen, broken boiler/radiators. Help!
We bought a Victorian house with all water pipes frozen and the radiators on the first floor shattered. I bought replacement cast iron radiators from a homeowner that was "upgrading" to forced air. I bought a Weil McLain boiler to replace the destroyed Crane. Here's the rub:
Some T's in the basement burst and popped off, though I can't find any split heating pipes. The pipes are from 1905 and waaaay back when it was a thermosiphon boiler so the pipes are huge at the boiler and get progressively smaller as they trail off.
Should I assume that the pipes are a total loss, tear them out and switch over to copper? If so, what diameters and where? Is there a chart somewhere? It's a two storey house with 2500 square feet and 13 radiators. We have insulated the walls and attic (there had been little to no insulation in the place). It's a 100,000 BTU NG boiler.
We are totally fine doing the work ourselves, but I want to do it right. Anyone have ideas? Thanks in advance!!!
Brad in Omaha, NE