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Protective "shoes" for radiators feet

branimal Member Posts: 128
I'm about to install pre-finished hardwood floors and I've got 3 radiators I cannot handle by myself. I've been moving them around by sliding them into place as I work. Obviously not an option when I've got new floors down.

And I usually don't have help available.


  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 1,684
    Furniture slides , they come in all different sizes .. Some for hard floors some for carpet.
    I have enough experience to know , that I dont know it all
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 2,094
    edited March 15
    I have used carpet, placed upside down with a piece of 3/4" plywood on top of it, the width of radiator + 4" by 6" to place under two legs at each end. Makes sliding on a pre-finished wood or tile floor easy with no marks left behind. Must sweep the floor before you slide the rad. You don't want to drag a piece of sharp-edged scrap, a screw, or a nail under the carper.

    If the floor is unfinished and there is more friction as a result, you want to be careful the radiator does not slip off the plywood. So I glue a 1/4" plywood on top of that with some holes for the radiator legs to set in.


    I also have purchased shoes from to protect my own feet from the damaging effects of cast iron radiators... Just sayin' :p
    Edward Young
    Retired HVAC Contractor from So. Jersey Shore.
    Cleaned & services first oil heating system at age 16
  • branimal
    branimal Member Posts: 128
    Thanks guys.  I’ll buy some hardwood floor sliders.  And remove them once the rad is in place.
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