My house was built in 1870. I have no idea how old the heating system is.
The heating guy estimated the boiler to be 50 years old. This is a big
house, with 13 radiators in all.
I went to turn the radiator on in one room and the valve starting leaking.
There's a screw in the top, and a big nut underneath. I got it to stop
leaking by cranking everything as tightly closed as I could. Screw, valve
handle and nut. Now the thing is off.
I am a home repair idiot, but I'm willing to give this a go. How do I fix
the valve? How do I fix the valve without having water everywhere? If I
shut the whole system down, will the radiators be empty?
I was always under the impression that these were hot-water radiators. Are
there both steam radiators and hot water ones? I've never had any hissing,
knocking, etc from the radiators.