Can I Test a Used Steam Radiator Before Connecting It?
Posted by Mike on September 08, 19100 at 09:00:53:
Hello All,

I recently removed an unsightly and poorly-functional metal wall radiator. I acquired a cast-iron one from a local church basement (it was NOT connected...just sitting in the basement).

1. Does the rust on the bottom part of my "new" radiator mean that it leaks? I've heard that rust on a cast-iron radiator is not an indication of leaking, but no one that I've talked to is too familiar with the project.

2. Is there some kind of water/air test I can do with the radiator BEFORE I attempt to hook it up? I'd like to be reasonably sure of its' functionality beforehand, as there is brand new carpeting throughout the room the radiator is going in.

Thanks for all of your help. I just came across this's amazing!


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