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Solray Radiator Disassembly

Long Beach Ed
Long Beach Ed Member Posts: 1,188
edited January 21 in Strictly Steam
Anyone have experience separating the sections of a Weil-Mclain Sol-Ray radiator? Any suggestions? Of course this is a favor to someone...



(someone else's photos)

Comments

  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,916
    Looks to me as though it might be push nipples? In which case... undo the tension rods and you'll need four spreaders (like ball joint spreaders or something of the sort) and very carefully and evenly start spreading all four joints. But... that's a guess.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • Long Beach Ed
    Long Beach Ed Member Posts: 1,188
    Yes, it's four tapered push nipples, Jamie between each 10" and 5" section. Nowhere to put the spreaders. I wouldn't push on the thin hollow tubes. Was considering a chisel point in a small demolition hammer or air chisel between the sections.
  • Hap_Hazzard
    Hap_Hazzard Member Posts: 2,849
    What you need is a hydraulic spreader. If you know any body men, they might be able to help you out. Otherwise you can get small, portable ones for about $100. Ask your friend to do you a favor and buy you one. :D

    Otherwise, try punding a wooden wedge in between the sections. I wouldn't go at it with a chisel if I were you. Especially not an air chisel.
    Just another DIYer | King of Prussia, PA
    1983(?) Peerless G-561-W-S | 3" drop header, CG400-1090, VXT-24
  • Long Beach Ed
    Long Beach Ed Member Posts: 1,188
    I can try a hydraulic spreader, with a 2 x 2 or some such thing. It's just basically a small jack. That would get the end off then I may be able to wiggle the straight sections... Really nothing to hook the spreader onto once the end is pressed off.
    Mosherd1
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,916
    That might work -- a few taps at a time on each of the four points... once you get it to move at all it will just come right apart (yeah, right...)
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    Long Beach Ed
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 6,711
    I Give you credit Long Beach Ed!  Go slow,, take your time...Mad Dog 🐕 
    Long Beach Ed
  • retiredguy
    retiredguy Member Posts: 883
    I never spread that type of radiator but for the regulator column rads I always used wooden wedges that I cut myself.
    Long Beach EdHap_HazzardGrallert
  • kcopp
    kcopp Member Posts: 4,392
    Wooden wedge...
    Why are you doing this?
  • Long Beach Ed
    Long Beach Ed Member Posts: 1,188
    edited January 22
    Fifteen minutes with a cold chisel and lump hammer. These radiators are beauties. Never fear resizing one of them!


    Mad Dog_2
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 6,711
    Nice Job Long Beach ⛱ Ed....mad dog 🐕 
    Long Beach Ed
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 22,916
    Nice work! See -- it wasn't that hard.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    Long Beach Ed
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,414
    I mean it isn't back together and not leaking yet. I was thinking pipe clamps flipped around to push.
  • Hap_Hazzard
    Hap_Hazzard Member Posts: 2,849
    You could also use redi-rod with nuts and fender washers. Whatever you do, make they go in straight.
    Just another DIYer | King of Prussia, PA
    1983(?) Peerless G-561-W-S | 3" drop header, CG400-1090, VXT-24
    Long Beach Ed
  • Long Beach Ed
    Long Beach Ed Member Posts: 1,188
    edited January 31
    All done. Another unpaid labor of love accomplished.


    ...

    mattmia2
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 6,711