Cleaning Baseboard Hotwater Fins - General DIY Discussions - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Repair > General DIY Discussions

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-05-2011, 10:51 AM   #1
"Old" Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 102
Rewards Points: 95
Default

Cleaning Baseboard Hotwater Fins


Looking for a good way to clean the aluminum fins on my baseboard heating pipes. I have an air compressor which I'm sure would do a great job of blasting out all the dust and cat hair, but that would end up depositing it all over the rooms. I've vacuumed in the past, but it's hard to really get between those fins.
Thinking to combine the vac with the air compressor and trying to blow stuff free and into the vacuum nossle path.
Good idea? Other suggestions?
Thanks,
Rob

Advertisement

RCrosby257 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2011, 05:15 PM   #2
Household Handyman
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Albany, Ga.
Posts: 2,294
Rewards Points: 1,040
Default

Cleaning Baseboard Hotwater Fins


We certainly don't have those here in S.W. GA. but I'm familiar with what they are as my daughter lives in Alaska. I would think that air pressure, albeit low air pressure, would blow out the fins to clean them and then a good vacuum to clean up the blow-out stuff and finish off the fins. Or you could do as we do our A/C units outside here: Just use a water hose to "blow" out that coils on our units from the inside out.

Advertisement

Thurman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2011, 05:42 PM   #3
"Old" Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 102
Rewards Points: 95
Default

Cleaning Baseboard Hotwater Fins


Thurman,
Thanks for your thoughts. Right now the temp in Maine is in the low '90's and it feels like it could be SW GA! Operative word on the AC solution is "outside". Don't think my wife would go for hosing things down inside!
I'll likely start with low pressure and the vacuum hose nearby and we'll see how it goes. I'll let you know.
Rob
Alaska, eh? Southeast was my home for about 20 years. Have to get back some day for a visit. They tell me things have changed; at least until you get outside of town.
RCrosby257 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 07:23 AM   #4
Too Short? Cut it Again!
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 9,634
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Cleaning Baseboard Hotwater Fins


They make brushes to get at those fins after which you should have no trouble following behind with a shop vac. You may have to check with an HVAC supplier though. Or shop online.
user1007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 09:40 AM   #5
FlyingHammer
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Plymouth, WI
Posts: 56
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Cleaning Baseboard Hotwater Fins


Just don't use oven cleaner. It's caustic, and will damage the aluminum. (made that mistake once upon a time)
FlyingHammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2011, 02:43 PM   #6
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Cleaning Baseboard Hotwater Fins


Quote:
Originally Posted by RCrosby257
Thinking to combine the vac with the air compressor and trying to blow stuff free and into the vacuum nossle
In my experience, combining the two seems to yield the best result. Using the vac only doesn't get all the junk out; using the compressor makes a huge mess. Combining the two gets all the junk and it doesn't blow all over the room. I even take the time to straighten the bent fins with a screwdriver and/or needlenose pliers to achieve maximum efficiency.
Makoman16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2011, 05:05 PM   #7
"Old" Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Maine
Posts: 102
Rewards Points: 95
Default

Cleaning Baseboard Hotwater Fins


Thanks all, for the advice. Local vac shop has a brush with long thin bristle and I'll try that along with the air compressor. Good idea, too, to straighten fins as I go. So obvious that I likely wouldn't have thought of it!
I'll let y'all know how it goes, but don't hold your breath. It may be a fall project!

Advertisement

RCrosby257 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Problem with 240V Elect Baseboard Heater JRHP Electrical 4 10-04-2010 10:30 AM
Min distance from baseboard hotwater heater capslock General DIY Discussions 2 05-25-2010 08:31 AM
Baseboard dilema Allyson Flooring 5 09-04-2009 09:30 AM
Stucco Fins vs. Nail Fins on Stucco House xquercus General DIY Discussions 5 01-25-2009 05:44 PM
Hotwater baseboard heat sound like loose change ctrait HVAC 1 01-11-2009 10:42 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts