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  • ChrisJ ChrisJ @ 5:15 PM
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    Moving a radiator to put floor down

    I'm looking for some ideas on how to move two of my radiators so I can put a floating floor down.  I don't need to move them far, but do need a way to get them up onto the new section of floor once it's done without destroying it.

    I've included two of the best pictures I have on hand, though they are a few years old.
    No idea what these weight but something tells me they aren't light, one is 55sqft and the other 60sqft if memory serves..  Perhaps around 500lbs each?  Would a hand truck work?
    Weil-McLain EG-45 connected to 392sqft of radiation via two 2" risers into a 3" drop header and 2" equalizer. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment

    Steam system pictures updated 6/5/14.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/thetube0a3/Boiler?authkey=Gv1sRgCImUxIqv9436MQ#
    This post was edited by an admin on July 1, 2014 5:16 PM.
  • Jamie Hall Jamie Hall @ 5:44 PM
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    Assuming...

    that you are planning to disconnect them, your best bet is a heavy duty furniture dolly.  They have casters on all four corners, and you would raise the radiator up, balance on the dolly -- they're pretty good size, so that's not hard, wheel it out of the way, then bring it back.

    Rinse and repeat.

    That said... that floating floor is going to raise the radiators.  Be sure and check to see that they can, in fact, be reconnected without too much trouble, and that the pipe pitches will still be OK.
    Jamie

    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.

    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-McClain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • ChrisJ ChrisJ @ 5:48 PM
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    Dolly

    Hi Jamie,

    Thanks for responding.
    How do I get the radiator onto the dolly though?  That's going to be the hard part as well as taking it back off.
    The floor should raise the radiator around 10mm.  These two radiator's runouts luckily run between joists rather than across so I should have plenty of movement.  If not, I'll be cutting, hammering, maybe swearing and removing the verticle pipes and getting slightly longer ones threaded so not too big of a deal.

    On my runouts that run across joists typically they are either almost touching, or are touching the last joist so that would've meant extending them for sure.
    Weil-McLain EG-45 connected to 392sqft of radiation via two 2" risers into a 3" drop header and 2" equalizer. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment

    Steam system pictures updated 6/5/14.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/thetube0a3/Boiler?authkey=Gv1sRgCImUxIqv9436MQ#
    This post was edited by an admin on July 1, 2014 5:49 PM.
  • KC_Jones KC_Jones @ 7:11 PM
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    Floor jack?

    Some floor jacks sit pretty low so possibly jack it up and slide a dolly under it?  Another option could be to lever it up with an old pipe or something?  Make sure to put a piece of plywood or something under the end so you don't destroy the floor.  Something else, depending on the type of floating floor be very careful when you put those rads back.  I have installed thousands of sq ft. of flooring (hard wood and floating) some of those floating floors aren't as good as others.  In my parents house we installed bamboo over the concrete slab.  The flooring dents if you look at it wrong even though bamboo is very hard (which it is).  The problem is it is basically made like plywood and the layers under the top bamboo layer are white pine which is very soft for this reason it dents easily.  Just wanted to throw it out at you.  The better floors are "hard wood" all the way through, but you pay for them. Good luck with your project and post some pics on your page when you are done I love seeing remodeling work!
    Just another homeowner trying to find his way through.
  • bc3510 bc3510 @ 10:35 PM
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    appliance rollers

    Get a 2" x 4" as long as you can fit in the room.

    Put it all the way underneath the radiator and lift it on one end.

    Slide one of these underneath (you may need a piece of 3/4" ply on top to eliminate the space).

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Shepherd-18-1-4-28-in-Aluminum-Steel-Appliance-Rollers-2-Pack-9603/100168406?cm_mmc=shopping-_-googleads-_-pla-_-100168406&ci_sku=100168406&ci_gpa=pla&ci_src=17588969#specifications


    Do the same for the opposite side.

    Now you can roll it forward or aft as you choose.

    To get it to climb the step for the new floor, make a wooden wedge, the height of the new floor on one end (3/4??), tapering to zero on the opposite end. Make the about 1' in length so the gradient is minimal.
    B.C.
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