I have recently completed finishing my unfinished attic (almost). The
attic had plaster walls and a wood floor installed, which seemed to me
that they builder had intentions of finishing it. The house was built
in 1850. There are also two pipes for a radiator run into the attic
(cut through a shaped plank for that radiator to sit on). I want to
start looking for a salvaged radiator but I want to make sure that I
get the correct size. The pipes are about 43" apart. Most of the
radiators that I see online are measured in height, not width. Any
help in selecting a radiator would be greatl appreciated.
To get the correct size, you need to know how much heat you need. Here is a
good place to start
As long as the radiator fits between the pipes it is easy enough to plumb.
If it does not, it can still be plumbed, just takes more time and elbows.
Ed's advice is good but in your case the right size may in fact the be
wrong size. If your house has oversized radiators everywhere else due
to added insulation, new windows, etc. and you put the "right size"
radiator in one room that room may prove to be too cold. Consider
oversizing your radiator by the same amount your other radiators have
been oversized for consistent house heating.
Hope this helps,
a) Bring a cap/plug to screw into one side of the radiator.
b) Bring an air tank connected to a shutoff valve connected to a
pressure valve to screw into the other side of the radiator.
c) Open the valve to pressurize the radiator (don't overpressurize).
d) Close the valve and use the pressure guage to see if the radiator
or ask for a 48 hour return period in case of leak.
Hope this helps,
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