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When measuring cast iron baseboard, do you include the box that has the cut off valves?

Jersey2
Jersey2 Member Posts: 103
When measuring cast iron baseboard, do you include the box that has the cut off valves, and the ends that don't actually have radiators in them? If there is a corner where two meet, there is about an inch on each side that don't have cast iron inside. Does that get measured? I was measuring to get my linear feet of cast iron and not sure to include these 'hollow' areas.
I'm not a plumber or hvac man and my thoughts in comments are purely for conversation.

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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 18,924
    No -- what is measured is the actual radiating length. Don't include any bits of enclosures which are just covering pipes or valves or otherwise trimming things out.

    That said, coming within 5 to 10 percent is fine.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    JohnNY
  • Ironman
    Ironman Member Posts: 6,868
    I assume you’re referring to the length as it pertains to the heat output per lineal foot? In which case, you don’t include the trim pieces.

    If you’re inquiring about the exact length for fitting, then I’d suggest you have all the pieces on hand to get the actual length.
    Bob Boan
    You can choose to do what you want, but you cannot choose the consequences.
  • Jersey2
    Jersey2 Member Posts: 103
    Thanks! Yes for heat output.
    I'm not a plumber or hvac man and my thoughts in comments are purely for conversation.