steam risers

kareenaApril 5, 2010

I live on the 5th floor of a 6 story building from 1929, and have risers in the kitchen and bathroom that contain steam heat as it travels thru the building from apt to apt. They've been covered in various layers of paint which I'd like to completely remove before I paint them again. any recommendations as to what product would be safe to use? My contractor wants to build an enclosure around them, but I'd prefer not to. thanks

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macv

Insulate them and enclose them for better performance and less noise.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 9:15AM
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brickeyee

"Insulate them and enclose them for better performance..."

Of course this will also reduce any heat they are providing to your unit.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 9:37AM
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kareena

that's what I'm trying to avoid - these risers are the only sources of heat for the apartment. They aren't beautiful, but necessary. So, if I don't enclose them, how can I 'pretty them up'?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 10:32AM
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macv

You forgot to tell us you don't have any radiators in your apartment. What do the pipes serve on the floor above?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 12:13PM
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kareena

the risers run up the entire building thru all the apartments in the same line at the same location. My risers are in the kitchen and bathroom. On the top floor, above me, the riser has a valve that lets out the steam (as I understand it). And, yes - no other radiators are in the apartment. I don't know whether to call these steam pipes, heat risers or both.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 2:56PM
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macv

A steam riser is any vertical pipe that carries steam up to a heating unit. If there are no heating units the riser could be called the heating unit but it is configured for poor heat transfer (radiant and convection). You can chemically strip it and paint it with a rust and heat resistant spray paint but avoid aluminum paint if you want good heat transfer.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 4:14PM
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