Total Novice - Unconnected Radiator in Garage

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Old 01-05-14, 09:44 AM
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Total Novice - Unconnected Radiator in Garage

Hello, I hope I found the right subforum.

I know next to nothing about this stuff, and this is likely a very basic question. I have steam heat in my home. I'd like to use my garage as a home gym. There's a radiator in there, but it doesn't seem to be connected.

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Connection at top left:



Connection at bottom right:



So just two questions:

1) What do I need to hook up this radiator?
2) Do I need a professional or is it fairly easy for a beginner?

Thanks very much in advance.
 
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Old 01-05-14, 12:33 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Most steam radiators are single pipe and connected at the bottom.
Some pictures of your plumbing behind that wall would be helpful.
 
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Old 01-05-14, 01:02 PM
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And it might have been disconnected for a reason... maybe Jean-Luc found it was cracked and/or leaking?
 
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Old 01-05-14, 01:20 PM
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Thanks for the replies.

On the other side of the wall there are two pipes that connect to a steam pipe that goes back to the boiler. One of the pipes can be seen in the top left of the first and second images. It is capped off in the garage. The other pipe appears to go to that connection in the second image. Is that the valve in the image, then? Am I just missing how I can open it?
 
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It looks like your supply is hooked up. If you can turn that valve on steam should come into the rad.
I can't see too much of the other side where the pipes are disconnected. If its a one pipe you're going to need a steam vent.

In the meantime you can open the valve to see if it is cracked or why the disconnected it.

It doesn't make much sense to disconnect it when you can just shut it off unless there's something else wrong. If you find it cracked just shut the valve off.
 
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Old 01-05-14, 01:49 PM
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you can open the valve to see if it is cracked or why the disconnected it.
I dunno... not sure that's a good idea or not.

What if the valve gets broken and can't be shut off again?

Mid-winter isn't a good time to start twisting valves that have obviously not been operated in a decade or more.
 
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Old 01-05-14, 02:19 PM
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Thanks again. Here are some images of what I described in my last post.

Pipes going into unfinished basement:



Pipes on the other side, in the garage:



So I take it it's risky to open that valve now in case I can't close it again for some reason, and there's a major issue?
 
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Guys thats a two pipe setup. The bottom section needs to be reattached with probably a 45 2 nips and a union. However, is that a crack in the top between sections 2 and 3? Either that rad was leaking OR they didn't want to waste the heat in that area. If its leaking, that would be a pricey replacement. Rads that size are not cheap. Check you inbox i left you a PM.
 
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is that a crack in the top between sections 2 and 3?
It looked to me like it was cracked about half-way up all the way over on the right side, where that rust is.

I take it it's risky to open that valve now in case I can't close it again
I wouldn't try it.

So, who is the jazz violin fan ? It's not often you see "Jean-Luc Ponty" 'tagged' on a garage wall!
 
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The right side was my next guess. A rad that size will run quite a pretty penny.
 
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