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    Hey guys,

    My old radiator (or the element if thats the word) is old and corroded. Leaks are coming from both nuts and time for a change.

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    So I was able to get a replacement unit but there are 2 choices. One is copper, and the other is steel. Which one should I get? The steel is HEAVY. The reason why I'm asking is because the current one is 'floating'. The supply and the return lines are holding up the radiator from the floor with big bends in the pipe. I'm going to use the same pipe but of course remove the bends and use right angles to correct this.

    Copper or steel? Also, there's a shut off on the old radiator. Do I need it for the old one?

    Thanks guys!

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    Copper. You would have to make modifications for a steel element. Whether you need, or can even use, a shutoff valve depends on HOW the piping is done, NOT whether you want to shut it off or not. IF that element does NOT have a "cover" around it, it is not doing much heating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    Copper. You would have to make modifications for a steel element. Whether you need, or can even use, a shutoff valve depends on HOW the piping is done, NOT whether you want to shut it off or not. IF that element does NOT have a "cover" around it, it is not doing much heating.
    Thanks HJ. Dad and i will go with copper. We want to do the same exact thing.
    THe cover is there. Just had to take it off for now.

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    What you had there is a convector which you can still get from beacon Morris
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Sawyer View Post
    What you had there is a convector which you can still get from beacon Morris
    Thanks Tom. That brings new light on the research. We do have Blackman plumbing where they have everything as well. Dad picked up the steel cause he thought steel was better but its heavy as hell. He's going to exchange it for copper tomorrow. The only thing he's set on are the nuts that tighten or loosen the entire assembly. He wants to replicate the same thing when we do this job, but I'm thinking to just solder it and call it a day. No need to take this off and back on again.

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    Ok got the copper convector. Man is that much lighter than the steel! Have the fittings and everything. Thanks all!

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