question about home radiator

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by donk, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. donk

    donk New Member

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    Hi - is there any way to (easily) disassemble a big, heavy, iron home hot water radiator so it can be taken outta the house without breaking my back? It's the old kind with a series of "coils" that appear to be welded together? Or are they welded?
    Thanks,
    Donk
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    A "true" cast iron radiator is held together with long bolts. Once they are removed the sections separate by driving a wedge between them. (although if it is a REALLY old 3 column steam radiator it could be assembled with left/right nipples and in that case you have to break it up with a sledge hammer.) If it is a steel pipe coil for a convector, then it is one piece and has to be cut into pieces.
  3. rmelo99

    rmelo99 Network Engineer

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    If the plan is to junk it then u can try and disassemble it by undoing the bolts. Might also smash with a big sledge like the cast iron tubs do. If you go that route don't forget eyeware.

    If the plan is to reuse it I would not recommend disassembling it, you may end up with leaks on the reassembled one. Also keep in mind these fetch $$$, more so if they are decorative and not just the plain ones.

    Try posting on craigslist as salvage metal or for reuse for someone redoing an old house. They will prob come get it and haul for Free.
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