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Old 12-06-2006, 12:46 PM   #16
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Redline, Thanks. Again how much of a pitch does the return line need to be? How can I check this with a leveler? All the radiators have a pitch back to the boiler. Now the thing is the radiators that the pipe come straight up don't make a banging noise, only the heat element radiators, and those pipe turn and run a little on the ceiling, I am wondering if those are pitched right? I need to know what pitch is needed? How can I check it with a leveler? Thanks

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Old 12-06-2006, 12:51 PM   #17
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Carrierman, I haven't forgot about the steam trap, I just don't want to put anymore money into this at this piont. I am getting close to hanging the towel and going towards hot water heat. When something starts to give problems in the beginning, it's sure going to give problems at the end of the road. I am waiting on a bid for hot water heating. How can I calculate how many feet in baseboard heaters will I need to heat my house up? can you help me with this? Thanks
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Old 12-06-2006, 12:54 PM   #18
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Hi helplesshandyman

I am not sure why the hardware store guy told you they are for high pressure systems. All of the steam heat I take care of are only 3-5 lb systems. Hope this helps, like I said use the website I gave you and make sure you get what you need. Don't just take my word for it, give them a call. I will be here to help if needed.

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Old 12-06-2006, 01:00 PM   #19
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Red line I have to cast iron radiators, the new slim ones. The heat elements are the other radiators I am using in three locations, I posted the picture so you can see, they are for steam heat as well as hot water heat, and Yes they are all vented... Thanks


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redline, the steel elements go into this cabinet, and they look much nicer than cast iron radiators. Thanks


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Here are the radiators I have, the slim ones..

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Old 12-06-2006, 02:28 PM   #22
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Redline, what is the slope that the return line must have??
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Old 12-06-2006, 07:51 PM   #23
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Enough slope to have the "cooled" water travel back to the boiler.

Usually 1/4". Very slight at the radiators. The main return can have a a slightly larger drop but not drastic.
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Now the thing is the radiators that the pipe come straight up don't make a banging noise, only the heat element radiators, and those pipe turn and run a little on the ceiling, I am wondering if those are pitched right? I need to know what pitch is needed? How can I check it with a leveler? Thanks[/B]
"...and those pipe turn and run a little on the ceiling, I am wondering if those are pitched right?"

Are the "elements" on the ceiling?
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I am also wondering that too as well. The ceilings are closed now, we had tested the system for leaks, and since she wasn't leaking or banging we closed up the ceilings. We started the boiler for two days, and it worked fine only one element made a banging noise so we slightly pitched it and it stopped. This steam heat is becomming a nightmare for me, and I am just thinking if I should just loose the $3,000 invested already (new pipes, radiators, heat elements, labor)and just turn to hot water heat? I should of gone with my first instinct, but I kept hearing that hot water heat doesn't give enough heat, or that some rooms would be hotter than others. We started to bring down the water return last night, we have it pitched running alond the side of the basement wall. I will see tonight when we start her up, it was 12:00pm and I was dead tired. Any suggestions welcomed. Its going to be in the teens tonight, so I have to fire her up tonight! The heat elements are not on the ceiling, they're on the floor inside the cabinets I posted on the previous post.......

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The heat elements are not on the ceiling, they're on the floor ...
thats sounds better.
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:28 PM   #27
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If you are having a problem with just one "element" banging then you may be able to turn that one off and allow the rest of the system to heat the house. Then investigate further why the one "element" is causing the problem.

Hopefully you installed a shut off valve right at each "element".

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