Replace broken pipe in Hot Water Radiator system

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Old 01-27-08, 04:30 PM
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Replace broken pipe in Hot Water Radiator system

The wind has blown some siding off our house and I believe the cold has broken what I think is the return (not the side with the valve) pipe from one of the upstairs radiators. I have had to shut the system down due to water outside the house. When I shut down the system turned everything off and close the valves.

We moved into the home built in 1900 in August '07 and this is our first winter. The system uses LP gas to heat the water and due to the cost we dont run the heating system much and use the pellet stove and wood stoves (apparently a big mistake).

How do I tell if the radiators are in series (my bet after reading on this site) or not? and if they are in series how do I replace a pipe that is inside a wall?

Obviously money is tight which is why we didnt run the system in the first place but I certainly cant afford to have another pipe break and possibly flood the basement. The house has a basement, main floor and upstairs. It is huge and has an amazing maze of pipes throughout the basement.

Thanks for your help.

Matt
 
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Old 01-27-08, 05:32 PM
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Wow... that ain't a purty situation Matt...

If you want, post some pictures on www.photobucket.com and provide a link here. If we can see stuff we might be able to help a little...

I don't think much more than that though, cuz without being there to assess the situation, it's gonna be difficult.

You might just have more than one burst pipe I hate to tellya ...

Can you tell if the piping is copper ? (easier DIY fix) or black iron? (steel, harder DIY).
 
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Pictures

With everything in walls, cement floors & oak flooring pictures are not an option. There is only one return pipe that goes from upstairs down on an (from what I can tell) uninsulated wall. Kind of good news all the others are on the east side of the house which was "remodeled" in 1920 or so and living space created from a wrap around porch.

If I could figure out whether or not it was a system set up in series which is my bet due to very little area for return pipes where there are radiators and the floor on the second story is 18" between main floor celing and second story floor. Plenty of room to run pipes between radiators.

 
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How to drain Boiler

I have another issue right now how to drain the Boiler

It is a Lennox CMWB7 Does anyone know where the drain on this would be so I can make sure I dont have any more pipes break?
 
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I still say PICTURES ... of course you can't take pics inside the walls and what not... but you said there is a 'maze' of piping in the basement, no ?

Get out that digital, snap a whole boatload of pics, and put 'em up for us to see. We can probably tell something about how the system is piped by looking at those pictures, and that is one thing you are wondering about ...

Isn't there a drain valve ( hose connection ) somewhere low on the boiler ? Should be visible ...
 
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I will get pictures and post Saturday. I work 50 miles from home and only get back on the weekends.
 
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