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two steam heat questions

MPR Member Posts: 18
I have two questions.  Pretty simple ones I think.

1. What happens when a radiator is pitched at too much of an angle?


2.  How does one check a (honeywell) pressuretrol to make sure it is clean and working correctly?

Thanks in advance.


  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,289
    Two answers

    For number 1, if the radiator is pitched towards the outlet (in one pipe, the same as the inlet, of course; in two pipe could be at eitherr end) too much, not much wrong will happen.  If it's pitched the other way at all, again in two pipe, not much happens -- but in one pipe you may get anything from annoying noises to no heat at all.

    For number 2, you will need an accurate pressure gauge with a range similar to the pressuretrol; there is no other reliable way to do it.  That gauge is in addition to the 0  to 30 gauge which most codes -- and insurance companies -- require, as the 0 to 30 gauge is only useful at higher pressures.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
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