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Thread: Can Monoflow tees lie flat to floor joist or hang below

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    We always rule of thumbed the distance at 18" or greater if possible, no shorter than 12
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    HJ - I brought up the topic of the spacing between the tees with the B&G rep and he said anything equal or greater than 6 pipe widths (6" in my case) is fine - didn't seem like it's an issue. I understand there is very lttle resistance in a straight run of pipe, but I read on heatinghelp.com it's best to keep the width of the tees the same as the width of the convector so the pressure differential is as equal as possible. Also, from a practical point of view, if the convector is on the first floor, and you drop the risers directly down to basement, easiest to space tees the same width to minimize bends in the risers.

    How can I calcuate the pressure drops? I'm not familar with the formula. I will be using a 1" main with 1x1x1/2 B&G monoflow tees, with 1/2" risers to cast iron radiators. There will be a minimum of 4 90 deg bends for each radiator (2x90deg copper bends in basement and 2x90deg brass unions at the rads). My system has been sized for 5.5gpm. Let me know if you need anymore info?

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    It has been over 40 years since I have calculated, installed, or even seen a "wet heat" system, so I would not try to design yours, especially without being able to see your conditions. But, if you have the main installed close to the point where the radiators are located, so the branch lines are as short as possible, then you should be okay.
    Last edited by hj; 05-07-2010 at 06:10 AM.

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    I posted my conclusion to a previous thread. Thanks for everyone's help!

    http://www.terrylove.com/forums/show...ilema&p=264730

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