Replacing steam heat plumbing


Old 08-02-01, 01:33 PM
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We have an 80 year old home with boiler/radiator heating. We would like to remodel the basement and replace the old low hanging iron water lines with copper lines so that we can finish off the ceiling. Two questions: What size pipe should we use and how do you attach the copper tubing to the risers?

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Old 08-02-01, 03:09 PM
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It seems like you could use the same size. A great way to attach to copper is with a Dialectric union. Make sure the union is accessible.

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Old 08-02-01, 05:42 PM
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You should use same-size heavy duty copper pipe (Type K) for this application, I believe. Double-check with your Building Inspection Department for local Plumbing Code.
This is a di-electric union that John mentioned that you should use between two different types of metal to prevent electrolysis corrosion:
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