It's still just as cold in the kitchen, only a smelly cold
January 6, 2011 12:02 PM Subscribe
I live in an old apartment with radiators. Pipe in kitchen (radiator has been removed, heated pipe remains) has a leaky valve that smells awful. Can someone take a look at these pictures and tell me if there is anything I can do to cover the leaky bit and reduce the smell?
posted by raztaj to home & garden (10 answers total)
My downstairs neighbor complained that the kitchen was too cold, so about two weeks ago, maintenance went around and drilled a hole in the pipe to insert a valve to allow the steam to flow. Pipe had previously been off.
It smells awful when it heats up and gives me a headache. (Rusty?) water leaks through, and you can see some brown drippy bits on the pipe. You can see that the valve was kind of messily attached - there's space/cracks where smelly steam and browned water leaks, and sometimes sprays.
Can I cover this part? Is there a kind of cap or cover (at the hardware store, or homemade hack) that I can safely use to cover this part? Will it work?