Originally Posted by management
Where would the mess be? From where you just described it, it seems that it is not a messy process. Just removing the radiators and bringing them to someone that does sandblasting and refinishing.
The water in there is going to be dirty and not every drop is going to drain out of the radiators, so the mess comes when you disconnect them from the supply and return pipes. But if you're redoing the floors I guess the mess does not really matter, lol
- Turn off furnace
- Turn off water supply to furnace
- Run your hose from the boiler drain faucet to the floor drain
- Open the boiler drain
- Starting at the top floor and farthest from the boiler and working downwards, open the bleeder valves on all the radiators.
The system will generally drain even without opening the bleeder valves, but it helps to get as much water out of the radiators as possible.
And I would look for the closest outfit to you that does general sandblasting and give them a call. They see these all the time. As for cost, I have no idea but I doubt it would be more than $25-40/ per radiator provided you deliver and pick up. I had a 55 gallon drum done last year and the guy charged me $15 and it took 5 minutes.