Removing Old Radiator

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Old 04-21-12, 01:41 PM
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Removing Old Radiator

I am trying to remove an old radiator so that I can strip it and paint the wall behind. I am attached an image of the radiator's connection to the pipe (first time I have posted here, so not sure if I did the image attachment thing right...let me know)



As you see, hopefully, there are two nut (are these "compression" nuts?). I was able to loosen the larger nut, however this does not allow me to remove the radiator. There appears to be a pipe entering the steam valve. The smaller nut, closer to the radiator, I can't get to budge. I can't even tell if it is capable of moving. There are threads though....

Any thoughts? How are these suppose to be removed? Thanks so much
 

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right click on the image and open in a new tab to see it
 
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After reviewing another post on this site, it appears that the "nut" I can't move is really a "bushing". Am I going to need to remove the steam valve to take this out?
 
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I don't see a picture.

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You are correct about the night on the right, it is a bushing. The nut on the left is a union. That's the one you need to loosen. Once it is loose, you will be able to slide it along the nipple all the way right to the bushing. If you can't slide it away from the threads, you didn't loosen it all the way.

You seem to have an interesting situation with the flooring. It appears new flooring was laid down after the radiator was installed, and it was cut in around the radiator instead of laid under neath it. You will need to move the radiator slightly to the right to get the union to come apart.
 
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Perhaps a 'cutaway view' will help you visualize what you have there:


image couresy chestofbooks.com

As droo has said, once the 'union' nut is loose, the rad should pull out to the right.
 
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