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Reusing sections of cast iron baseboard?

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Jells
Jells Member Posts: 566
edited March 7 in THE MAIN WALL
A section in one of my rentals has cracked. I have 5 spare 2' sections from a disconnected hallway rad, and I called my regular plumber because I didn't feel like wrestling cast iron or learning this new skill. But he said it's iffy trying to reconnect sections.

I'm pretty dubious. Isn't there just an O-ring seal between the bolted together sections? Do I need to call someone else, or is he correct and I need to install the standard steel baseboard that I hate, it always ends up looking like crap.

FWIW, the spare is an identical 10' section to the one with the crack, but moving a rad like that intact seems dubious too, won't it crack?

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  • Intplm.
    Intplm. Member Posts: 1,961
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    "Iffy" Im sorry to say is a good way to put it.
    You will most likely find that replacement will be your most painless option both in labor and costs.
    Success rate in doing this is not very high.
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 6,944
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    It has push nipples like a boiler.  Wire wheel all surfaces up. Permatex everything and use the press tool to join. Supply houses will lend it to u...maybe. mad Dog 🐕 
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,529
    edited March 7
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    There not that bad to move. 1 guy can wrestle a 10' without a problem.

    You do need special tool to assemble.

    No 0 rings just push nipples.
  • Jells
    Jells Member Posts: 566
    edited March 7
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    There not that bad to move. 1 guy can wrestle a 10' without a problem.

    You do need special tool to assemble.

    No 0 rings just push nipples.

    My research says a 10' weighs 150lb. That 1 guy better be quite a man! I'd think cracking it would be more a risk. Strapping it to a 2x4 would make it safer.

    The term "push nipple" was new to me. Some of the google hits are quite interesting.
    delcrossv