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How do I remove GIANT cast iron radiators

lee_7
lee_7 Member Posts: 458
Where in Northeast PA? I am just outside Allentown and might be interested if close enough.

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  • Silverrush
    Silverrush Member Posts: 4
    Permanently removing cast iron radiators.

    The radiators are about 15 rungs wide and about 4-5 feet tall...we have a new duct heating system and these are just taking up space in the hallway...How can I remove them without damaging the stairs. Is there a way to take them apart? Cutting them somehow? I also heard if you hit them with a sledge hammer at the joints it will break apart but I'm looking for the best possible way to do this.
  • Daniel_3
    Daniel_3 Member Posts: 543


    Someone will indeed take them for free if you offer them as such on craigs list or a similar horse trader. Of course with your supervision so nothing gets damaged. Where are you located?
  • aphco
    aphco Member Posts: 13


    One of two ways:cut or break it up inside the house,but that is dangerous and messy even if you know how to do it; or pay a piano moving company to take it out. We had piano movers remove a huge window style radiator and it was worth every penny. They are used to moving heavy items without damaging the houseand they have all sorts of specialized dollys etc.
    If you are a homeowner and have never handled radiators or broken them up before get a professional to do it. Even small radiators can be dangerous if not handled properly. There is a lot more weight there than it appears.
  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928


    Before destroying, please try to give them away for the hauling. Believe it or not, some people really want these radiators. New ones are still available, but they are extraordinarily expensive.

    Depending on your location you might be able to sell them, but don't expect much and don't hold your breath.
  • Silverrush
    Silverrush Member Posts: 4
    radiators.

    I'm located in northeast PA...we own the home and dont want to damage the stairs taking these out. The radiators arent anything great...here are some pics...

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    We just really need them out because they take up space.

  • Silverrush
    Silverrush Member Posts: 4
    radiators.

    I'm located in northeast PA...we own the home and dont want to damage the stairs taking these out. The radiators arent anything great...here are some pics...

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    We just really need them out because they take up space. So you guys think I should call someone to remove them? If I sold them for scrap do you think it would make up the cost of having them removed?

  • Steamhead (in transit)
    Steamhead (in transit) Member Posts: 6,688
    Why don't you hold onto the rads

    until you've lived with scorched-air for a while?

    You may find the new system so uncomfortable, you'll want to hook your radiators up again!

    I've had that happen, the heat-pump pusher couldn't keep the lady's house warm, so we hooked the hot-water rads back up. Replaced the boiler too.

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  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928


    Those radiators can be disassembled and re-sized. This makes them especially valuable for renovators who want to use them. While they're big, I wouldn't term them huge. Certainly heavy, but nothing 3-4 strong men can't handle safely.
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,897
    I wish..

    the place I run was close enough to come get those babies... I sure could use 'em. Too far, though. Sigh.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • The Wire Nut
    The Wire Nut Member Posts: 417


    Where in NEPA? I'm near Honesdale and may be able to get some folks to get them out. Though I would listen to Steamhead and really see if you want to live with "scorched" air.

    Alex....
    "Let me control you"

    Lost in SOHO NYC and Balmy Whites Valley PA
  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
    If you REALLY want to take them out

    Disconnect the piping at either end. Get a blue tarp or maybe two if your on a rug. Protect the floor as much as possible.

    Lay the radaitor on its side. You may need help if its large.

    The radiators are tied together with rods about a 1/4" Some are exposed between the sections and some are hidden inside the sections. You need to cut those with a sawzall. You can use a hacksaw but its quicker with a sawzall. Cut those rods. If they are not exsposed you need to cut through the sections where they are joined together, top and bottom.

    Once you cut those rods, take a crow bar and pop/pry them apart. A smaller pry bar won't give you the leverage, so get a crow bar about four feet or longer. Put it between the sections and give it a pop and they'll fall right apart. Break it apart into one/two/three sections depending on how big they are and how strong you feel.

    Then you can carry them out of the house and dispose of them how you feel fit.

    Scott

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  • Silverrush
    Silverrush Member Posts: 4


    I'm located in West Wyoming, PA...We've lived with the scorched air for a year now and it wasn't terrible...The only thing thats bad about it is all the duct work in the basement which makes the basement pretty much unusable. And the draw back about the cast iron radiators is that it makes the current living space in the hallways cramped and theres no radiators in the bedrooms just the hallways.
  • jack_40
    jack_40 Member Posts: 2
    radiators

    I have a Victorian era building with cast iron radiators [all disconnected] on the top 2 floors. They could be easily removed with a small crane or man-lift from the rear windows of the building. All appear to be rather ornate and we believe quite unique. We are interested in removing them and would like to receive some reasonable compensation. To contact us reply to this E-mail or visit us at; Cafe Too Restaurant, 100 South Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA 18840; 570-888-2828. We believe these to be true antiques and original to the building. They have never been painted and retain their original 1800's finish. We believe there are 8-10 radiators of various sizes.
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