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Pretty radiators, shiny valves

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So I had my '20s vintage radiators sandblasted and powdercoated this past summer, and then the inlet valves looked so shabby from 90 years of corrosion, peeling nickel plating and missing/cracked handles that I had new handles and top screws made from brass at a local machine shop, and then had everything replated in polished nickel. The original handles were black rubber material but almost all had some damage, and some were completely missing. I am happy with the results.

I do have one radiator on which the original inlet valve was replaced sometime along the line, and would like to find one like that shown in the photos--they are Trane steam valves. If anyone has one, or knows where I might look for one, I would appreciate the information.

In the trivia department, 2013 is the 100th anniversary of The Trane Company(now part of Ingersoll Rand), and one of the company's first products was a steam trap invented by Reuben Trane.

Peter Ferguson

La Crosse, WI

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  • Gordo
    Gordo Member Posts: 852
    edited March 2013
    They Look Like

    Keibel System valves.  Perhaps The Vapor Vacuum Co. of Philadelphia (aka Kriebel) bought their valves from Trane (or visa versa?).



    Are the flats on that octagonal bonnet top 1-15/16" apart?  Did you re-build the internals also?



    They look beautiful!!  I hope the handles don't get too hot. 
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    PDF Member Posts: 3
    Pretty radiators, shiny valves

    Correct--1 15/16" across opposing flats. I did not rebuild the internals except for valve stem packing. No burns yet--actually, they are infrequently if ever adjusted.

    Peter
  • Gordo
    Gordo Member Posts: 852
    edited March 2013
    So Sorry To Say

    I may not have any to spare.  And mine don't say "Trane" anyway.

    They are very hard to come by.  "Oh, our plumber took them.  Where they important?"



    Again, they look really nice.  That is some nice work.
    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
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