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Is it ok to plug a radiator vent to shut off?

Jerry_15
Jerry_15 Member Posts: 379
If you do opt for the plug without replacing the valve, remember that the valve must still be left open, and cracked back a tad so the packing doesn't freeze on the stem, but that's true of any valve of course. Good luck

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  • Don_180
    Don_180 Member Posts: 2
    Shutting down a radiator

    In a one pipe steam system I need to shut off a radiator (way too much EDR for the room). I read here that shutting off the valve is risky since some steam could get in if the valve is not working properly and the condensate could not return, leaving water in the radiator. So is it ok to simply put a brass plug in the vent hole?
  • Long Beach Ed
    Long Beach Ed Member Posts: 1,188
    Yep...

    ...probably the best way to do it with a one-pipe radiator.

    Long Beach Ed
  • Don_180
    Don_180 Member Posts: 2
    Follow-up...

    Thanks. Does it matter when you do this, other than when the system isnt firing of course. Do you have to wait until it's cold or ok to do it inbetween cycles?
  • Jerry_15
    Jerry_15 Member Posts: 379


    Just turn off the valve, have the plug doped up, and go for it, of course you could always replace the valve, or hire a professional. I sense you will be soon anyway.
  • John S.
    John S. Member Posts: 260
    wait til it's cold

    so that rust-inducing water isn't sitting in the radiator.

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  • Jim Pompetti
    Jim Pompetti Member Posts: 552


    how about getting two slow venting valves.
  • Jim Pompetti
    Jim Pompetti Member Posts: 552


    how about getting two slow venting vents
  • Jerry_15
    Jerry_15 Member Posts: 379


    I don't want to be too simplistic, again, but if you don't want to remove the rad, why don't you just put in a new valve??? With a positive shut off: if you needed more heat you could just, well, open it. If you don't, well, close it. You could also convert to a Euro valve on the vent (Danfoss is one), with a thermostatic head, which will allow you accomplish the same thing and be able to use the radiator whenever you want. Workin to hard, my friend, workin too hard.
  • Jerry_15
    Jerry_15 Member Posts: 379


    Wait till it's cold? You must charge by the hour.
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