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Home remodeling as an excuse to collect radiators...

<span style="font-size:12pt">Wanted to show a recent remodel project that revolved around a steam radiator!</span>

<span style="font-size:12pt">The kid’s bathroom was in sad shape- a rotting hardwood floor, moldy tub fitter, uninsulated walls, the works. This project got put off for several years. What was the holdup? Looking for the perfect radiator.</span>

<span style="font-size:12pt">After five years of searching, I found it… 500 miles away in New Hampshire. At this point the family is completely un-phased by my “weird” interest in radiators and so a trip was constructed around picking up the radiator. (Throw in a visit to the Smuttynose Brewery and you have a near perfect vacation!)</span>

<span style="font-size:12pt">Here’s a few before, during, and after shots. </span>

<span style="font-size:12pt">You might notice that the radiator is two-pipe with ¾” tappings. It replaced a radiator with 1 ¼” service, so (thanks to excellent advice from the Wall) I ended up running a drip line to the wet return. You might also notice that instead of (sanely) entering from the right and exiting the left, the condensate return pipe doubles-back around the radiator and then drops alongside the supply. Why? Whacky Victorian house framing, that’s why! This little dormer is situated right beside a big stone turret. With the tight quarters, running the return line out the opposite side and down would put the drip outside! I tested the configuration before buttoning up the walls and am happy to report that everything works great. Not sure if the vent tapping was original, but the rad works fine as a two-pipe vented radiator on my otherwise one pipe system. </span>

<span style="font-size:12pt">Thanks for letting me brag a little, all!</span>

<span style="font-size:12pt">Best,</span>

<span style="font-size:12pt">Patrick</span>

Comments

  • Dave in QCA
    Dave in QCA Member Posts: 1,764
    Amazing attention to Detail!

    Patrick, fantastic job!  The project is beautiful.  All of the recessed panelwork, ceramic tile in the shower, unglazed porcelain hex tile on the floor and a the "perfect" radiator!  It also looks like you used a concrete countertop on the vanity.  Do I see that correctly?  Did you fabricate that too?



    Excellent job all the way around!!  Would love to see more pics of the house, especially a good exterior shot.
    Dave in Quad Cities, America
    Weil-McLain 680 with Riello 2-stage burner, December 2012. Firing rate=375MBH Low, 690MBH Hi.
    System = Early Dunham 2-pipe Vacuo-Vapor (inlet and outlet both at bottom of radiators) Traps are Dunham #2 rebuilt w. Barnes-Jones Cage Units, Dunham-Bush 1E, Mepco 1E, and Armstrong TS-2. All valves haveTunstall orifices sized at 8 oz.
    Current connected load EDR= 1,259 sq ft, Original system EDR = 2,100 sq ft Vaporstat, 13 oz cutout, 4 oz cutin - Temp. control Tekmar 279.
    http://grandviewdavenport.com
  • Patrick_North
    Patrick_North Member Posts: 249
    Thanks, Dave

    Means a lot coming from you as I've watched your own excellent renovation efforts with much interest.

    Yep- right on all accounts. This was my first poured countertop- pretty happy with how it turned out. The newly available mixes seem pretty much foolproof.

    That paneling is made up of hundreds and hundreds of pieces of molding- and twice as many miter cuts. About 1/3 the way through I had doubts about my sanity. Hopefully I'm one of the dead men when the next guy comes along and tears out my work!

    Here's a view of the house as rendered by an artist pal of mine.

    Thanks for the kind words,

    Patrick
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,457
    Looking good!

    What make is that radiator? If there's no name on it, it's a Nason.......
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
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  • Dave in QCA
    Dave in QCA Member Posts: 1,764
    A Masterpiece!

    Fantastic House!  I love the combination of the stonework and the wood siding, which appears to be shingles.  Whether shingles or clapboard siding, it is a great contrast and a beautifully designed house.  You are fortunate to own it and the house is lucky to have you as its current caretaker.



    Thanks and congratulations!
    Dave in Quad Cities, America
    Weil-McLain 680 with Riello 2-stage burner, December 2012. Firing rate=375MBH Low, 690MBH Hi.
    System = Early Dunham 2-pipe Vacuo-Vapor (inlet and outlet both at bottom of radiators) Traps are Dunham #2 rebuilt w. Barnes-Jones Cage Units, Dunham-Bush 1E, Mepco 1E, and Armstrong TS-2. All valves haveTunstall orifices sized at 8 oz.
    Current connected load EDR= 1,259 sq ft, Original system EDR = 2,100 sq ft Vaporstat, 13 oz cutout, 4 oz cutin - Temp. control Tekmar 279.
    http://grandviewdavenport.com
  • Patrick_North
    Patrick_North Member Posts: 249
    No name-

    So I was assuming a Nason. There is a patent date at the top of each pair of tubes, but this was all but illegible prior to powdercoating. After powdercoating, well- I didn't note the date. Otherwise no marks on the thing anywhere I can see.

    Patrick
  • crash2009
    crash2009 Member Posts: 1,484
    Nice

     I'll bet that window never fogs again, now that the shelf is removed.  If we were in the old days, I wonder if you could leave a pitcher and basin on the Nason all night so that the water would be warm in the morning.
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