View Full Version : hotwater versus steam

Ed from chicago
09-28-2005, 03:13 PM
What is the difference between a radiator shutoff for a steam system, versus a hotwater system? I've been told that a hotwater shutoff has a small pinhole in the rubber gasket, and the other doesn't. Is this true, and if so what is the hole for?

Thanks very much...

09-28-2005, 04:01 PM
Where is the valve located? I am not sure what you mean by "radiator shutoff?

09-28-2005, 04:54 PM
The steam valve has a rising stem with a composition gasket, not rubber, on the end of it. It will turn off completely. The hot water valve has a rotating sleeve, not a stem, and it does have a small hole in it to maintain some circulation even when shut off.

Ed from chicago
09-28-2005, 05:05 PM
Thanks HJ,

I guess that they really are different, even though they look quite the same except for the hole. Then they can not be used interchangably, right?