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Moving a radiator to put floor down

ChrisJChrisJ Posts: 3,400Member ✭✭✭
I'm looking for some ideas on how to move two of my radiators so I can put a floating floor down.  I don't need to move them far, but do need a way to get them up onto the new section of floor once it's done without destroying it.



I've included two of the best pictures I have on hand, though they are a few years old.

No idea what these weight but something tells me they aren't light, one is 55sqft and the other 60sqft if memory serves..  Perhaps around 500lbs each?  Would a hand truck work?
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Weil-McLain EG-40 connected to 392sqft of radiation via two 2" risers into a 3" drop header and 2" equalizer. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment Typical operating pressure 0.5 - 1.0 inch wc.

Steam system pictures updated 1/25/15.
https://picasaweb.google.com/thetube0a3/Boiler?authkey=Gv1sRgCImUxIqv9436MQ#

Don't push the envelope, eliminate it.
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  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 3,992Member ✭✭✭
    Assuming...

    that you are planning to disconnect them, your best bet is a heavy duty furniture dolly.  They have casters on all four corners, and you would raise the radiator up, balance on the dolly -- they're pretty good size, so that's not hard, wheel it out of the way, then bring it back.



    Rinse and repeat.



    That said... that floating floor is going to raise the radiators.  Be sure and check to see that they can, in fact, be reconnected without too much trouble, and that the pipe pitches will still be OK.
    Jamie



    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.



    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-McClain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
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  • ChrisJChrisJ Posts: 3,400Member ✭✭✭
    edited July 2014
    Dolly

    Hi Jamie,



    Thanks for responding.

    How do I get the radiator onto the dolly though?  That's going to be the hard part as well as taking it back off.

    The floor should raise the radiator around 10mm.  These two radiator's runouts luckily run between joists rather than across so I should have plenty of movement.  If not, I'll be cutting, hammering, maybe swearing and removing the verticle pipes and getting slightly longer ones threaded so not too big of a deal.



    On my runouts that run across joists typically they are either almost touching, or are touching the last joist so that would've meant extending them for sure.
    Post edited by ChrisJ on
    Weil-McLain EG-40 connected to 392sqft of radiation via two 2" risers into a 3" drop header and 2" equalizer. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment Typical operating pressure 0.5 - 1.0 inch wc.

    Steam system pictures updated 1/25/15.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/thetube0a3/Boiler?authkey=Gv1sRgCImUxIqv9436MQ#

    Don't push the envelope, eliminate it.
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  • KC_JonesKC_Jones Posts: 1,606Member ✭✭✭
    Floor jack?

    Some floor jacks sit pretty low so possibly jack it up and slide a dolly under it?  Another option could be to lever it up with an old pipe or something?  Make sure to put a piece of plywood or something under the end so you don't destroy the floor.  Something else, depending on the type of floating floor be very careful when you put those rads back.  I have installed thousands of sq ft. of flooring (hard wood and floating) some of those floating floors aren't as good as others.  In my parents house we installed bamboo over the concrete slab.  The flooring dents if you look at it wrong even though bamboo is very hard (which it is).  The problem is it is basically made like plywood and the layers under the top bamboo layer are white pine which is very soft for this reason it dents easily.  Just wanted to throw it out at you.  The better floors are "hard wood" all the way through, but you pay for them. Good luck with your project and post some pics on your page when you are done I love seeing remodeling work!
    2014 Weil Mclain EG-40
    EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Boiler Control
    Maxitrol hi/lo fire controlled from vaporstat w/manual override switch
    0-15 oz gauge
    265 sq ft of connected load
    Boiler pictures updated 2/21/15
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10202744301871904.1073741828.1330391881&type=1&l=c34ad6ee78
    Remodeling pictures.
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1046843614581.2009535.1330391881&type=1&l=c6fcc39ead
    What box?
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