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replacing steam radiator

rdema19403rdema19403 Member Posts: 2
my wife friend has an old steam radiator what are the option replacing it with something newer than the one in this image i am posting
Thanks in advance

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  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 8,268
    Main thing is to try and find one at least approximately the same size. One can buy new ones, although they are a bit pricey, but depending on where you are there are usually recycling places and junkyards which may have them, and they often turn up on Craigslist.

    How on earth did it busted like that?
    Jamie



    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.



    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • rdema19403rdema19403 Member Posts: 2
    no idea is does it have to be replaced by the same type of radiator any ideas if their is something newer it can be replaced with
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 8,268
    No, it doesn't have to be replaced with the same type -- but unless you know that the old one was either too big or too small for the space, it would be wise to pick one with more or less the same capacity.

    You will probably have to replace the trap and valve anyway, unless you get really lucky and manage to get the old spuds out without damage and they fit the new radiator.
    Jamie



    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.



    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 12,109
    That looks like freezing damage- is this a steam or hot-water system?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
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  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Member Posts: 8,268
    Steamhead said:

    That looks like freezing damage- is this a steam or hot-water system?

    That's what I thought, too -- but the OP says steam, so...
    Jamie



    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.



    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • nicholas bonham-carternicholas bonham-carter Member Posts: 7,183
    edited May 16
    It may have been turned off at the valve, and had thus filled with water, and frozen.—NBC
  • Dave in QCADave in QCA Member Posts: 1,677
    I have seen a lot for radiators damaged by freezing. They almost always crack along the rib of the section. I have never seen one crack like this. It looks like hammer damage to me.
    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
  • SteamheadSteamhead Member Posts: 12,109

    . I have never seen one crack like this.

    I have. It's just a matter of where the weak point is.

    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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