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I've been reading about steam heat and trying to balance the single pipe steam heat in my house. There are 7 radiators in my 1,200 sqft house. They are all ~4ft in length, except bed 1 and bath, which are ~2ft (see image in link below). Each has a Vent Rite #1 vent with an adjustable knob at the bottom (1-8). There are also two vents in the basement attached to the return lines. They are labeled #34.
So I noticed that the pressure gauge recently started to got to 10. From reading these forums, I think it should be between 0 and 2 at most. This got me worried. I turned the screw on the pressurtrol back and forth because I've heard they stick. Turned the heat on and it got to 5 on the gauge before the thermostat shut off.
What else can I check/do to get the pressure to lower? Also, heating is uneven. What should I set the dials to on the radiator vents? Could my current settings be increasing the pressure?
Thank you for any help you can provide.
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