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Can I get a quick second opinion on this piping arrangement

Can I get a quick second opinion on this piping arrangement?

As part of a summer bathroom renovation I am moving a radiator, and doing some deknuckleheading. I am moving the radiator and riser location for this one radiator, which is on its own loop of a single pipe parallel flow steam system.

The previous owners had already messed with this radiator as part of a kitchen renovation, and moved the riser by running it into an exterior wall, and adding about 9- 90 degree elbows, and screwing up the parallel flow. When they moved it they ended up with a long horizontal run on the riser, which came down into the run of 1x1x3/4 tee with the 3/4 as the drip out the bottom. I referred to this radiator as the hammer'o'matic. Total mess.

I had to move the vertical riser a few feet horizontally as part of my renovation. This is the new piping arrangement in the basement. The old location was straight on from the where the new joins the old. Does anyone see any show stoppers before I pull the dry fit apart, degrease it, and put it in for real? Level says the pitch is correct. The capped Tee is if I want to add another vent to this run (there is already a Gorton no1 on the return near the boiler.) Also ignore the pex which is not permanantly fastened in place yet, and the copper from the outside faucet which goes no where, it was in the way, and frustrating me, and movable at a later date.
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  • fixitguy
    fixitguy Member Posts: 91

    What no steam fittings?
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,772
    Looks OK to me

    as long as everything pitches down and the pipes are big enough, it should work OK. 
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  • JohnNY
    JohnNY Member Posts: 3,064

    I hate black fittings on steam, too.

    Of course, they do work with no problem whatsoever, but that's beside the point.
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    Plumbing in NYC or in NJ.
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  • Toymotorhead
    Toymotorhead Member Posts: 54
    so far so good.

    Its all black fittings and nipples from pexsupply and the longer stuff is from the orange depot. Whatever it is it has to be better than the Dr Seuss monstrosity of galvanized that I replaced. The riser in the mechanical chase isn't exactly vertical, but its probably better that way.

    Ran the boiler for the first time tonight. This radiator seems to work better. Though its was the first steam of the season. I am definitely going to move the Gorton no1 that is on this circuit from its current location which is all the way at the absolute end of the return, back by the boiler, to the location just before the riser. That should get my closing times much closer together.


    If you can't be good, at least be good at it.
  • Rod
    Rod Posts: 2,067

    Hi- Just as a reminder. Since you have new piping you may need to skim your boiler. Wait a week or so for any oils from the new piping to work their way back to the boiler and if your boiler's waterline shows more "bounce"  you'll probably need to skim

    - Rod
  • Toymotorhead
    Toymotorhead Member Posts: 54

    I degreased everyhing with solvent before I did final assembly. Hopefully I won't have to skim. Also I used the blue block pipe dope which seems to be not as petroleum based as a lot of them are. I really hope I don't have to skim as the people who installed my boiler (long before we bought this place) #1 did not install a skim tapping and #2 installed the equalizer right in front of the only skim tapping there is on this boiler. I have skimmed before by opening the tee at the top of the equalizer and ever so slowly overfilling the boiler while keeping it just below steaming. Not fun, but it did settle my water line down quite a bit. 

    If you can't be good, at least be good at it.
  • Rod
    Rod Posts: 2,067
    "Cleanliness is next to Godliness!" or You Skim & Skim!

    You'll probably be okay. I learned the hard way on the first time I did some boiler piping and after that spent a lot of time carefully cleaning pipe before installing!

    - Rod
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