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Teflon Shims?

Thanks, it's fixed. I found an even easier solution . . . and as a result, I have found an actual use for those slippery Tortex (Delrin) guitar picks that I can't seem to keep a grip on! They were just the right size too . . .


  • I've written here recently about replacing a radiator in my kitchen. Now that it's been in a week, it's starting to make a noise . . . a sharp, fairly loud metallic clank, just once or twice, and just as the steam hits it from cold. I don't think it's water hammer. The radiator appears to stick to the old linoleum floor as it cools and break free with a clank as it first warms up. If I rock the cold radiator a little, I can get the same noise, just once . . . and then it's quiet the next time it warms up.

    So is there something thin I can put under the feet that will stay put and still allow the radiator to expand and contract? Teflon shims of some sort? Should I cut out some discs from some scrap EPDM rubber roofing I have? How about polyethylene cut from a milk jug? Or, how about some thin stainless fender washers? Any suggestions from experience?

    Thanks in advance!
  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,853
    Milk cartons....

    I've used them before to silence expansing copper and steel pipes. Should work for the radiator as well. The trick is going to be anchoring the plastic to keep the radiators from "walking" off the PE. Maybe super glue it to the leg?

    You may also be hearing the cast iron expanding and contracting, which can't be avoided, unless you're willing to move the radiator to the equator :-)

    Try the PE milk carton first. It's cheaper.

    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
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