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I'm just starting to plan a basement remodel. I'd like to start next month. My basement is semi-finished. The prior owner added a bathroom and a bedroom down there. It was a shoddy job, and I want to redo it properly.

I just installed a new boiler to heat the entire house. It's a 3-zone system, one of which is the basement. The baseboard units are screwed into the existing concrete walls. Currently there is hot water baseboard heat running through the entire area.

I want to add rigid foam insulation and framing to the basement walls. This will require me to remove the existing baseboard heating and reinstall it once the framing and drywall are in place.

I'm not worried about the process of reworking the plumbing for the baseboards. I'll probably replace them with new runs, since they are pretty beat up.

My concern is how do I isolate this zone and still heat the rest of the house? Is this possible? Can I cut the copper feeder pipes and cap them off temporarily using a sharkbite fitting? Obviously the thermostat will be off, but will this work or do I need to wait for Spring?
 

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My concern is how do I isolate this zone and still heat the rest of the house? Is this possible? Can I cut the copper feeder pipes and cap them off temporarily using a sharkbite fitting? Obviously the thermostat will be off, but will this work or do I need to wait for Spring?
Ayuh,.... Post some pictures of yer near boiler plumbin', 'n where the zones are split off,....

I'm sure you can drain the system, cut the pipin', 'n add valvin' to isolate that zone, or each of the 3 zones,....

When I build my systems, I put valves 'bout everywhere,....
I can isolate 'bout any component of my system,....
That way, if there's a problem, ya just turn a couple of valves, fix it, 'n reopen the valves,...
Lots less bleedin' the bubbles outa the system,....
 

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That's a great idea.

I can shut everything down for 1 day to isolate the zones, turn it all back on, and then work on my basement at my leisure. Thanks.

I'll have to trace the system. I have a drop ceiling, so I have limited visibility right now.
 
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