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Gingwee

11:47AM | 04/05/04
Member Since: 04/04/04
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My duplexe is heated by hot water radiators from one oil furnace on one thermostat. I plan to split the upstairs heating from the downstairs. Since the radiant heating is a one loop system, I plan to cut and cap the pipes to the upstairs and remove the radiators to install electric baseboards. I will maintain the downstairs radiant heating. My questions are: 1. Will cutting and capping the upstairs piping unbalance the system, if so how can I re-balance it? 2. Will there be any water running up the capped pipes that could freeze?

Thank you for any reply.

bcelect

04:52PM | 04/05/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
138 lifetime posts
Why are you going to make the people upstairs pay for expensive electric heat? You can easilly split the 2nd floor and have a 2 zone system, give them a thermostat, maybe one that can only go up to 70 , and charge them a little more rent. I am sure it would be cheaper for them, for you to do it this way.

Gingwee

06:58AM | 04/06/04
Member Since: 04/04/04
2 lifetime posts
I want to split the heating into a 2 zone system but the plumbers I've asked say it is not possible with my single loop system. Major re-piping would be involved to turn it into a 2 zone system. Converting to electric baseboards for the upstairs was the simplest solution. Any thoughts on my original questions or on splitting into a 2 zone system?

bcelect

09:15PM | 04/06/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
138 lifetime posts
It sounds like it would also be a major project to cap off your upstairs system. I would get some more opinions and estimates from some plumbers and heating contractors. Where are you located?
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