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radiator valve cap (not thermostatic sensor)

timo888
timo888 Member Posts: 137
I am looking for a simple manual cap that will fit the kind of radiator valve shown in the picture, which has a small spindle. Like the simple white plastic non-sensor caps here at these british sites:



<a href="http://www.radiatorcaps.org.uk/shop/page/3?shop_param=">http://www.radiatorcaps.org.uk/shop/page/3?shop_param=</a>

<a href="http://www.bes.co.uk/products/115.asp">http://www.bes.co.uk/products/115.asp</a>



Can't seem to find them in the U.S. Anyone know where they can be bought?

Comments

  • Paul Pollets
    Paul Pollets Member Posts: 3,393
    edited April 2011
    Heads

    Oventrop and Danfoss make heads for the valve body. Try www.pexsupply.com
  • timo888
    timo888 Member Posts: 137
    can find sensors only

    Thanks. They seem to have only sensor-type. I'm looking for decorative white knobs without a sensor.
  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,837
    Why would you want to do that?

    The whole idea behind the use of a TRV is to provide accurate and automatic control. The knob is only as good as the person operating it, and it will most probably be a 2 position valve (Open or Closed).



    The manufacturers usually ship the valve with them when they are new for construction/temporary use.



    ME
    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.
  • timo888
    timo888 Member Posts: 137
    got a lead ...

    Danfoss seems to make a manual handle, part #013G5002. Checking now with local marketing rep to find a supplier.
  • timo888
    timo888 Member Posts: 137
    edited April 2011
    why a manual handle on the valve

    There are threads on the valve -- I can control the depth of the spindle with the ugly (i.e. non-decorative) thread-protector cap, so I think its more than an on/off option when you use a manual valve. There are decorative versions.



    Why would I do this? Well, for one thing, a manual handle is about $150 cheaper for two radiators. It seems US prices for these components are much higher than they are in Europe.



    I also want to guarantee my wife that she won't get burnt if she accidentally bumps into the towel radiator. (She has a scar where she got burnt on a radiator when she was a kid and she is somewhat worried about the wall-mounted radiator.) I can control a manual valve to the point where it's almost off and the radiator is tepid. But I don't know how cool the sensor would let it go.
  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,837
    Your money...

    Your comfort. Spend them wisely...



    ME
    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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