12:26PM | 02/04/05
Member Since: 02/03/05
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Do they make flexible piping for use with connecting radiators... as apposed to using copper?

I have base board radiators in my house. I need to eliminate a section of radiator (too much heat for a smaller room). It is right smack in the middle of the loop, so I would need to break the connection, then run the piping underneath the flooring through the joists, then pop up back on the other side of the room and connect back in to the other side (which goes through the wall to an adjacent room into that rooms radiator).

Unless there is some other way of doing this? I don't see how to get the copper piping down into the joists. That is why I am hoping they make flexible tubing?


06:49PM | 02/06/05
Member Since: 02/05/05
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Yes.. they make flexible piping that works with hot water heating systems. It's called PEX.

I just added a floor to my house and the plumber used PEX flexible piping for the baseboard heating system as well as for the water supply.


09:03AM | 02/14/05
Member Since: 02/13/05
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You dont want to use PEX, you would have to buy at least 100 feet of 3/4" or 1" depanding on your copper run, it is quite costly (about a buck a foot, plus fittings). Plus you would have conversion compression fittings to deal with as well. You would be better off purchasing a replacement radiator sized to the room (BTU based on your water temp), or you could install a balancing valve on the leaving side of the radiator to balance your heat load on that section. The cheapest alternative would be to eliminate the fins, which entails removing the cover of the radiator and removing the copper fin convector. Then cut off the fins (partial)and reinstall. You may be able to acces this without removing it, they are easy to cut off.
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