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Save radiator sections or scrap metal

I’m working on a clients home. We wanted to save the radiators. She brought the busted end sections to a local welder whom was confident in his abilities to fix but alas failed. I didn't pry too much into the situation and instead offered to go with forced air instead for the future benefits of air filtration and central cooling. Just wondering folks opinions on what to do with the radiator sections. I hate to scrap them but don’t know if they’d ever be usable to anyone again. Should I do anything with that gravity expansion tank too. Just thought it was cool having the site glass on it. We could probably store them but don’t need them taking up space if they’ll never be used again


  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,428
    Unless you have access to matching end sections, the other radiator sections are quite useless. Scrap. Even with the end sections, they are problematic.

    The expansion tank? Since no one seems to be able how to use one these days... I'd probably keep it as an ornament or if I ever needed one for something, but...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 11,075
    There is a 110 year old church here that has a rad with only one footed end section, the inlet was connected to the lower section where the L-R nipples were installed.

    That end sits on a brick, works great.
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,613
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,889
    Was this a freeze-up?
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  • JR3_Home_Performance
    JR3_Home_Performance Member Posts: 23
    edited March 2022
    yeah a freeze up and all the end caps are broken

    On a tangent my municipality is having another tax foreclosure auction. I was checking places out and almost everyone of them had radiators and most of those were frozen/wrecked radiators. A little forethought would save a lot of damage but I don't know how the municipality could really step in early enough to prevent these situations. This home I'm working on was an auction house too (from the last foreclosure cycle pre-pandemic)