My son pushed the chains that open up my radiators back in through the
cover. I can't get to the covers without disconnecting them from the
wall. They seem to be plastered in. Is there any other way for me to
retrieve them or use some other kind of makeshift thing to keep them
open. They can be pushed open from the front through the vents.
Aren't kids great? :)
Looks like your best bet is reaching in from underneath if that
opening is large enough. Can you feel the end of the chain through
If it's too small for your hands, how about your son's?
No dumb questions, just dumb answers.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore, Maryland - firstname.lastname@example.org
I think you meant registers, sheet metal grilles screwed to the
wall with a chain coming out a hole? If they are what I am
thinking about, I'm guessing they are just well stuck with
multiple coats of paint, sheet rock compound?, caulk, etc. Make
sure you have removed the 2 (?) screws. Use a utility knife
around the edge where it meets the wall and get a little mad at
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Thanks Dan, that was it. I suspected it should slide off but it looked
so seemless I was worried it was built into the wall. I got the chains
out and back in place - now the tough part, how do I keep my son from
doing it again?
Attach something to the end, that is beyond his ability to remove. If that
is ordinary bead chain, any hardware store should have fittings. The
dookickeys sold to put on the end of lamp or fan pull cords come to mind.
Put a crossbar in the end of the chain so it won't go into the opening.
A 1 inch bolt with 2 nuts at the middle of the bolt is one possibility.
Possibly cut the head off the bolt. A 6-32 or an 8-32 would probably
make a good fit.
Rich Greenberg N Ft Myers, FL, USA richgr atsign panix.com + 1 239 543 1353
Eastern time. N6LRT I speak for myself & my dogs only. VM\'er since CP-67
The only method I can think of is to use long hooked wires thru the chain
hole and the vents, if you can see the chain at all. When you get them back
out, secure something to the end to prevent them from going back in.
If nothing works, you might be able to make some kind of opening in the
cover that can be reclosed or covered without looking bad. Maybe in the
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