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Rad valve oomph

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GW
GW Member Posts: 4,693

Gary Wilson
Wilson Services, Inc
Northampton, MA
gary@wilsonph.com
luketheplumber

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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,841
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    Looks like you need to eat your spinach >:)
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
    GWluketheplumber
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,506
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    What about the piping underneath the floor?
    steve
    mattmia2CLamb
  • GW
    GW Member Posts: 4,693
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    I figured the cast joints in the basement would hold to allow  the valve to break free. Valve didn’t seem like brass though, kinda steely looking. Hence the big oomph 
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    gary@wilsonph.com
  • dopey27177
    dopey27177 Member Posts: 887
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    Do You Know that when in doubt about brass and iron a simple magnet will tell you whats up.
    A hack saw or Sawzall sometimes work better than a wrench.

    Jake
    GW
  • retiredguy
    retiredguy Member Posts: 905
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    It is always a wise idea to carry a set of extra long wrench handles. That said, I would use a back-up wrench to protect the piping under the floor.
    GWAlan (California Radiant) Forbes
  • BobC
    BobC Member Posts: 5,478
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    A number of years ago I wanted to replace the anode rod in my gas HWH. I got the 1-1/16' socket and a 24" breaker bar and nothing, they must buy special impact wrenches with infinite torque to use at the factory. A buddy came over and he bear hugged the tank and still nothing, we are both north of 220 pounds and have been doing 16 oz curls for a long time..

    I had a couple of steel vacuum wands (over 4 ft coupled) in my infinite pile of junk so I put those on that 2 ft breaker bar and finally broke it free but I also spun the tank and my buddy a bit. Those metal vacuum wands are a lot stronger than they look. We got that rod out and spun the tank back so the piping was happy
    Smith G8-3 with EZ Gas @ 90,000 BTU, Single pipe steam
    Vaporstat with a 12oz cut-out and 4oz cut-in
    3PSI gauge
    GWLarry Weingarten
  • JUGHNE
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 11,061
    edited May 2021
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    I struggled to remove a nipple from a CI **** tee I wanted to reuse.
    It came loose with a "ping" and later found the tee had been cracked.
    Could not see the crack until installing the new nipple. :'(

    Note: how about that auto censoring.....the tee had 3 different sizes.....thus the father was unknown. :)
    GW
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,653
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    BobC said:

    A number of years ago I wanted to replace the anode rod in my gas HWH. I got the 1-1/16' socket and a 24" breaker bar and nothing, they must buy special impact wrenches with infinite torque to use at the factory. A buddy came over and he bear hugged the tank and still nothing, we are both north of 220 pounds and have been doing 16 oz curls for a long time..

    I had a couple of steel vacuum wands (over 4 ft coupled) in my infinite pile of junk so I put those on that 2 ft breaker bar and finally broke it free but I also spun the tank and my buddy a bit. Those metal vacuum wands are a lot stronger than they look. We got that rod out and spun the tank back so the piping was happy

    they aren't that tight from the factory, they corrode in place over time. Adding some teflon tape and dope when thy are new will help a lot.
  • BobC
    BobC Member Posts: 5,478
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    That tank is 13 years old now, I'll try and remember to put tape and dope on the new tank when the time comes.

    Bob
    Smith G8-3 with EZ Gas @ 90,000 BTU, Single pipe steam
    Vaporstat with a 12oz cut-out and 4oz cut-in
    3PSI gauge