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Gorton Steam System - \"connectivity\" question

bob young
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  • Ellis Richman
    Ellis Richman Member Posts: 22
    Gorton Steam System - \"connectivity\" question


    Got a Gorton one-pipe steam system, about a hundred years old...Steamhead has tweaked it to great working condition.

    Just discovered that a vertical pipe running to the third floor radiator appears to be a copper pipe, and in-between the 2nd and 3rd floors someone made a connection by simply inserting one copper pipe into a larger one (slid one over the other. It's a nice slip-on fit, but here is my question:

    Is there a product that I can wipe on the pipe's end so that when I insert them together in between the second and third floors the pipe will have a better seal and be less likeley to leak steam or condensate?? I would have to rip 100 year old floor boards up to get to this area...and that's a tall order!


    Ellis in Annapolis

  • gerry gill
    gerry gill Member Posts: 3,078
    you'd better have Frank

    look at it..that sounds wierd..was it some sort of expansion piece?
    Serving Cleveland's eastern suburbs from Cleveland Heights down to Cuyahoga Falls.

  • Oh boy

    what some hacks wouldn't do to an old steam system.....

    Give us a call, Ellis, and let's set something up for a look-see. That needs to be replaced with a proper black steel pipe.

    BTW, check out Joseph Gorton's patent for the radiator shutoffs in your house. Go here:


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