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Help needed turning off my apartment's radiator. Thank you in advance.
I am looking for some help here. This is regarding my apartment's radiator (I am not sure if this is steam or hot water).
I want to turn the thing off. I am afraid to start fiddling with valves because I don't want to start a leak or worse, have hot water spray everywhere.
There are 2, maybe 3 valves, with two pipes going into the wall (I assume these are where the water goes "in" and "out"). Valve # 1 is in a tight position (it is fully moved to the right, judging from the light pressure I put on it). If I move this valve just a little to the left, water will start to leak out from the valve (as if it is bubbling up from the valve). As for valve # 2, I cannot tell if it is fully tightened or what. I know for sure that valve # 2 is a valve, in that I tried tightening it before by moving it to the right, at which point water started coming out through the valve (as if "bubbling up" as with valve # 1). I am wary of valve # 2 because after turning it all the way (or at least part way), this water started bubbling up and turned into a slow leak that lasted for several hours, and could not be reversed by my turning it back to its original position. The landlord came and did something to fix it (I wasn't there to see it so I'm not sure what he did ... maybe just turned it back all the way?). I have a hunch that Valve # 2 is the one that controls whether this thing can turn off or not.
The other valve--valve # 3-- I am not certain even is a valve. It looks like it could be turn-able: it is a peg coming out from the inside of a large bolt, the tip of which is threaded as if it once supported a knob of some sort (or a bolt or something that could fasten on to it). This I have not touched at all ... I am not sure if it moves, and if so, if it is in a "tight" or "loose" position.
Does anybody have any sense of which one I can turn to shut off the heat (shut off the steam / hot water supply?). Also, if a drip / leak occours, is it reasonable to think I can stop the leak by turning the valve back into whatever position it started in? I don't want to fiddle with something I can't set back.
Thank you in advance,