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removing a cast iron fitting
removing a cast iron fitting

This steam pipe ran into the wall and stopped there.  It had no purpose, and I needed to install a main vent somewhere on that line.  Too nervous to tap a hole in its typical spot (at the end of the main), I decided to use this unused pipe at the top of the riser […]

main vents for steam heat
main vents for steam heat

These cracked radiator vents, labelled “USAV 880B,” were masking an even greater problem in the crawl space — no real air elimination vents on the mains.  The one that was located on the southern main, turned out to be an old Hoffman #43, a convector air valve, not a mains one.  Who knows how well […]