Steam Basebaord Heating

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      MasterPlumbers
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      I have steam heat. I want to use the return lines in my basement for baseboard heat. Can it be done?

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      If you intend to replace some of the condensate return line with finned tube, it will work. Use commercial 1-inch steel pipe fin tube. Soldered copper lines will not have flexing expansion joints, so the solder joints will come loose in a while. A 25-foot length will move 1/8 of an inch from expansion. Threaded joints using 2 elbows at the dropping turns will let the baseboard move.

    • #289186

      Afterthought (that should be thought about before installing). At the lower fittings of the expansion joints install a tee and plug instead of an elbow, so you can drain rust from the low portions of the baseboard runs (cleanouts).

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