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steam orifice

mikedo Member Posts: 203
has anyone ever seen the orifice in a 2 pipe steam handle get plugged is it something i should be checking for.


    JUGHNE Member Posts: 11,095
    Is the orifice in the valve itself or inserted in the valve spud union?
    No heat could be failed close rad trap.
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,566
    Not saying it couldn't happen -- a stray piece of thread tape or something could get in there. But otherwise -- there's nothing in the steam which would do it.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • The Steam Whisperer
    The Steam Whisperer Member Posts: 1,218
    We've had one or two in the past 15 years on the couple thousand orifice plates we have installed.
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  • mikedo
    mikedo Member Posts: 203
    i haven't taken it apart yet. I'm just trying to figure out my plan of attack to trouble shoot the system. its a two pipe dry returns with f&t traps .
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,950
    What is the device mounted on top of the pipe in the pic? That's not where a trap or orifice usually goes................
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • mikedo
    mikedo Member Posts: 203
    thats what i think is an f&t trap on the return. I'm not considering the job anymore i can't pay him to let me do the work. he thinks i should work for free
    STEAM DOCTOR Member Posts: 2,022
    @mikedo. Don't know the circumstances but good for you. Value is not cheap. And there is no crime in making a respectable profit.