remove completely (?) air vent on steam riser

Hi,
in by bathroom there is a steam riser pipe with an airvent. I don't really know why the airvent is there. possibly to allow for the steam to rise faster.
This vent very frequently gets bad (loud banging noises, like banging with a hammer), possibly because the pressure gets out of control in the steam riser pipe. Can i remove it completely and just place/screw a bolt at its place? It just seems that there is a hole drilled in the pipe and the vent was placed there.
Anything bad with that or is the air vent really needed?
TIA michael
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Does the vent have a screwdriver slot on top?

Do you have one pipe or two pipe steam?

Its yours you can do any thing you would like to do right or wrong.

All in all since we can't see it or your entire system its really hard to give advice. Talk to people you know that have steam heating systems and ask who they use to service it. You have the best type of heating and should have the best of the best service it. Try Heating Help.com lots of steam heads there
Vic

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No the vent doesn't have a screwdriver slot. It is a one-pipe system.
Victor H Plank wrote:

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On 10 Jan 2007 09:57:53 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Id remove it and plug it. No sense in letting air purge from a steam line. That would be just plain silly. Bubba
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Yeah, you need the air vent. However, one way of solving your problem is to put a hose on it and run the hose out the window. You might need a humidifier if you do this though.
Do you have a digital thermostat?
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