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Removing and storing a cast iron water radiator

Hello! I live in a prewar 20’s 2 bedroom apartment with three lovely cast iron radiators. I have been in the same place for 12 years. The whole time I’ve lived in the apartment I have never used the radiators in the bedrooms as the one in the main room is so strong it heats everywhere else. I was wondering if I could remove one of the radiators in the bedroom and store it so my kid could have more space (since I don’t use the radiator anyways). What do I need to do to store it safely so I can return it eventually to being part of the system. Would very much appreciate any advice. Also I think the term is capping? Off the pipe? Any advice on that as well would be wonderful. Thank you in advance! 


  • dopey27177
    dopey27177 Member Posts: 887
    That is an item between you and the land lord.
    Do not get sucked up in problem that will occur later.

  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,322
    If your landlord will let you remove it, there are two considerations: first, the radiator. That can be stored pretty much anywhere that's out of the weather. The openings should be capped enough to keep critters out, but on the other hand if it is to be stored where it can freeze, at least one of the pipe openings must be left open enough to drain (screening over it, or something). The second is the piping: that will have to be capped off, and depending on the system it may just be a simple matter of capping the two ends or possibly connecting them together to continue a loop. In any event, it will involve draining the system.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,842
    edited December 2021
    You sure this is a hot-water system? Many of these buildings had 2-pipe steam. Post pics of the radiators if you're not sure.
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