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steam radiator help in Brattleboro

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hi i just bought a home in brattleboro with oil heated steam radiators. I come from phoenix AZ and ive never seen a radiator before. Several are not heating up, and id prefer not to use You Tube as the vids all warn that you'll have a geyser if you do it wrong. There are no contractors listed within 30 miles. Anyone know someone close who can do this simple fix i hope and give me a primer on a radiator system? thx

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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,944
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    Brattleboro, Vermont?
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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,544
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    Probably Vermont. @Charlie from wmass is your best bet, if you can get him -- he's pretty busy, but he's one of the top steam men. 413.841.6726

    In the meantime, order up a copy of "We Got Steam Heat" from the store here, or from Amazon, and start to learn about your system. It's written with the homeowner in mind, and will help a lot.

    Steam heat is not difficult -- in most cases there are simple things which can be done. Sometimes we here on The Wall can help a lot by remote control, as it were -- some of the best in the business are here.

    Can you possibly post a picture of one of your radiators? That will help us figure out what type of steam system you have (there are two basic kinds -- one pipe and two pipe).
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England