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Making Radiator Pedestals

Gordo
Gordo Member Posts: 797
It is still possible, at the time of this writing, to obtain 2" radiator pedestals and even 3" radiator pedestals.  They are usually used to raise up the smaller, newer cast iron radiators that sit lower to fit the valves and piping of the older, higher radiators.



As far as we can tell, any size lower than two inches is not made any more.  Usually, wooden blocks are used if one needs to raise a radiator more than the thickness of a few quarters.



We recently obtained a set of old cast iron pedestals that had been used to jack-up a radiator end 5/8".



Accordingly,  we sent these pedestals over to All Steamed Up, Inc.'s Foundry Division for fabrication.



The pictures are the process of making the mold out of "green sand".



So far, I'm having problems posting the pictures.  I've tried several times to post them!
All Steamed Up, Inc.
"Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
Oil & Gas Burner Service
Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc

Comments

  • icesailor
    icesailor Member Posts: 7,265
    Luck Problems:

    You are fortunate to have that resolution to that problem.

    Mine usually goes like this.

    I get a call from a "customer" who has bought ceramic floor tile for his second floor bathrooms. After I had taken out the radiators so they could paint behind them. Then, after buying the tile from the local big box tile center, arrangements had been made to tile the floor. 1/2" Durock Tile Board and tile just raised the floor at least 3/4". Now, the radiator is 3/4"+ above the union connections. Oh, and I forgot to mention that while the radiators were out, the painter removed all the plumbing fixtures and tiled over the closet flanges and the carpenter covered over the sink drains when he covered the walls with decorative bead board.

    "We're all set for you to put things back."

    Someone sold you a big batch of tile and now, your bathroom (on the second floor) is unusable. The radiators can not be reconnected because the only way to extend that 1 1/2" steel pipe is to remove the ceiling below and HOPE I can get it apart.

    The closet flanges are below the floor and need to be addressed. Maybe rip up the new floor or the ceilings below. The drains on the Pedestal Lavs may be in the wrong place and can not be connected. I don't have time for this crap. I should have been in some loop to add my expertise to the job. That guy that your contractor mentioned that does work for him on the side and charges $65.00 per hour and you could save money? Call him. He's a lot smarter than I am. And get someone from the big orange box store to install your fixtures.

    They built boxes around the radiators I am told.

    Life in the 21st century.
  • Gordo
    Gordo Member Posts: 797
    edited May 2012
    Trying To Post Pictures

    And having no luck so far.

    Still trying.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    "Reducing our country's energy consumption, one system at a time"
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Baltimore, MD (USA) and consulting anywhere.
    https://heatinghelp.com/find-a-contractor/detail/all-steamed-up-inc
  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,839
    Trying...

    Very trying...



    And I too failed. The "Choose File" button is not highlighted, and hence not allowing attachments...



    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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