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Interesting Old Radiator

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The dark circles you see at the center of the silver medallions on each tube are colored glass. Believe it connects directly to gas and the fire inside the tubes lights the little "gems".


  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,864
    Yes, that's a CO generator

    used to be used a lot in bathrooms.
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  • Michal
    Michal Member Posts: 213
    guess that

    back in the day, houses were so lousely built that there were enough air changes to dilute the CO and peopel were happy to get just a little heat.
    Nice piece to see restored
  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928
    Not Lousy Built in the Day

    But the user probably opened a window when the heater was in use. If not because of instruction, because of the smell...

    Jury is still out on whether the best, tight modern construction will have near the life of old "leaky" homes.
  • Steve Ebels_3
    Steve Ebels_3 Member Posts: 1,290
    I'll go on record

    I'll bet my last dollars that an astounding percentage of houses constructed in the last 15 years will have a host of problems by the time they are 40 to 50 years old. Homebuilders and homeowners alike see no need for the additional cost of a properly designed ventilation system. I'm not talking about a 4" hole in the side of the house and attached to the return air. I'm refering to a MECHANICAL VENTILATION SYSTEM which is designed to provide the correct amount of fresh air per sq ft of the structure.

    Example: A couple from our church just remodeled and added a few hundred sq ft to their 1986 built home. During the process the East wall of the house was opened up to gain access to the addition. They discovered to their horror that about 50% of the studs could be crumbled in your fist. Completely rotted away. Lot's of black stuff in the wall. YUMM YUM!! They had called me several years ago complaining about condensation in the house on all the windows and I told them then they needed some mechanical ventilation. No dice. They called the builder and he told them they had good ventilation in the house. (I don't know from what!) They believed him instead of me. Guess what? They still have problems in the house and the kids both have athsma. GO FIGURE!!??

    Another reason newer homes will die is the current practice of utilizing a "ridge vent" which is nothing more than an air filter type media sitting on the ridge of the house under the ridge cap. Have you ever been in an attic and looked at the underside of a 15 year old ridge vent? Everyone I have seen is plugged solid with dust. Fat chance of adequate air flow through that! And they wonder why their 30 year shingles curl after only 10-15??!!

    The Catch 22 is that the new houses that are poorly constructed (drafty) suck up a lot of energy but will probably outlast the tight ones.

    I swear that I could teach my dog about ventilation more easily than most builders. And that's hardly overstating the case.
  • Michal
    Michal Member Posts: 213
    O.k.. relax fellas bad spelling

    I meant loosely built, many cracks , no insulation. Not Lousey. Older houses are great with the wire lath ceilings, stucco, etc. I messed up in the wording Older houses needed alot of heat. I agree, new houses are to Sh*&. but I see your standpoint too, and agree.
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