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    They probably used copper because it's easier and...

    They probably used copper because it's easier and quicker. Iron is better. I don't think you need to be a "master plumber" to install a steam boiler but you do need to know a few things. If you saw a...
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    If you follow the manufacturer's diagram for near...

    If you follow the manufacturer's diagram for near boiler piping to the letter, and you do it in iron instead of copper, you might come out alright. But there are other aspects of a steam system...
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    I agree with Peter, but to answer your questions:...

    I agree with Peter, but to answer your questions:

    1) the U-bend pipe is comprised of the riser, header (top of the U), and equalizer. The steam that is created has equal pressure on both sides,...
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    Is it a single handle faucet?

    Is it a single handle faucet?
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    There are sources on the internet for most any...

    There are sources on the internet for most any fixture model you could want. Personally I think the model number thing is simply an attempt to create retail exclusivity. Hard to price compare a...
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    Practice soldering.

    Practice soldering.
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    If you've got the whole wall open it shouldn't be...

    If you've got the whole wall open it shouldn't be too difficult. This reasonably handy DIYer did it all through an 8x11 oval. Knowing what your finished depth will be is important.

    One thing. Can...
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    wallygater, the radiator is probably oversized....

    wallygater, the radiator is probably oversized. Covering it won't help. A one-pipe TRV works by closing off the air vent when the room comes to temperature. If the air can't get out, the steam can't...
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    The hardest thing about installing TRVs is...

    The hardest thing about installing TRVs is figuring out which parts to buy. The part you referenced is just the 1 pipe steam adapter. You also need an contoller and a vent. You have choices on the...
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    TRVs

    The steam will go wherever there is less pressure, which is not necessarily the way you think. What's probably happening is that the upstairs radiators are oversized, or you have faster vents...
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    Alternative

    Changing the location of the thermostat may not work as well as you think and could make the overall comfort of the home worse. It sounds like the upstairs is getting too warm when the downstairs is...
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    It's not just the heating bill. Heating...

    It's not just the heating bill. Heating uninhabited space is wasteful, but more importantly, steam systems were designed to run with insulated mains. They didn't put asbestos on the old systems to...
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    Look for fiberglass pipe insulation with...

    Look for fiberglass pipe insulation with "all-service jacket" ASJ. It's white, not shiny. Also, don't buy it at Home Depot. They only stock 1/2" and that's not thick enough. Assuming you have a 2"...
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    I wonder...what kind of "threading compound" did...

    I wonder...what kind of "threading compound" did you use? And did you put any on the union mating surface? (Don't.) Did you use a backing wrench when you made the joints? (Do.) Use brand new red...
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