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Steam Radiator Repair in Northern New Jersey

A have a radiator leaking between sections. Assuming I can remove it (big IF), who in the New Jersey area can repair it (sand blast, dismantle, grind, fit, reassemble, & paint)?


  • Keith_8
    Keith_8 Member Posts: 399
    Big If

    Unless it is some unusually ornate radiator you would be way ahead of the game simply buying a new radiator or a reconditioned one from a salvage yard.

  • Mark_46
    Mark_46 Member Posts: 312


    If you choose to replace, I am in Northeast NJ too and have a few rads available if the sizes are suitable for what youre working on.

    Just an option that could be a win-win for both of us.
  • That leak

    is probably coming from a rotted-out push-nipple. These can be replaced if you can get the radiator apart. As far as I know, the only source for brand-new nipples is Oneida County Boiler Works- you can read about them here:


    Some of us harvest push nipples from rads whose sections have burst, but these may or may not fit your rad.

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    BRIANJ Member Posts: 118
    Extra Radiators


    If any of those radiators are Richmond I'd be interested. I'm also in northern New Jersey and have a leaky radiator and want to replace about 3 sections. About 23-24 inches high.

  • Mark_46
    Mark_46 Member Posts: 312


    I'd have to look for the brand names. I'll take a look and come back to you.
  • Mark_46
    Mark_46 Member Posts: 312


    Sorry, no Richmond.

    I have:

    2 Arco of the same type

    2 American Radiator of the same type

    1 Arco Sunrad recessed type

    Many sections of Burnham Base-Ray baseboard type
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,941
    There's another way to do it...

    red RTV silicone gasket material. It's worked for me, anyway. Take the thing apart (which may not be that easy...), clean the sections at the leak up really well (remove all the rust -- power wire brush at least) but keep what's left of the nipple for alignment -- just clean it up. Take the red stuff and run a bead around the opening (do not put it on the nipple -- you'll never get the sections pulled together again!). Then reassemble. I've done about a dozen leaks between sections this way (always a rotted nipple) and so far nary a drop...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
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