My "Williams 30,000 BTU Natural Gas Direct-Vent Wall Furnace" is an eyesore and I'd love to build my own custom cover for it, but is that safe? Can I only use metal or can I use wood? I'd have a friend build it since I don't know much about it, but I'm wondering what I can do to hide or replace it. BTW I rent my apartment, so any changes I make should technically be reversible. Link
posted by qzar
on Jan 25, 2014 -
It wouldn't be Chiberia without a steam bath! Unfortunately, the steam bath is my bedroom. Help me figure out a temporary fix for a leaking radiator blow-off? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F.
on Jan 6, 2014 -
I've been trying to figure out what this
strange, accordion-like contraption is. It was attached to my friend's radiator in his ~1950s-era apartment in Philadelphia. It was only secured with one bolt at 90 degrees to the radiator, but it also originally had a sheet metal housing around it that could be removed. It seems to me like it might be some kind of clothes hanger/dryer, but I have no idea. Does anyone know?
posted by Aanidaani
on Jan 6, 2014 -
Apartment dweller here; I don't use much heat, and believe there is an addition to one-pipe steam radiator to regulate them? Anything on the market? reliable? cost?
posted by ebesan
on Nov 22, 2013 -
We've just moved into a new place and it's now gotten cold enough to turn on the heat. Two of the radiators are really loud with air escaping, and often have visible steam coming out of the valve on the side. I've never seen radiators do this. Is this normal? Is this safe?
posted by msbrauer
on Oct 31, 2013 -
My poor, bedraggled 1996 Saturn is losing coolant. I can see where it's losing it from! I have no idea what it is or how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by curious nu
on Jun 11, 2013 -
I'm having overheating trouble with a 2001 PT Cruiser recently given to me by my father-in-law. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog
on May 18, 2013 -
Does anyone have experience with, or know how to, switch radiators between two different rooms in the same apartment (in NYC)? [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB
on Dec 26, 2012 -
My radiator steam vents (photo
) make an incredibly loud banging noise whenever they open or close. (CLINK whoooooosossssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh CLONK). Can you recommend replacements? [more inside]
posted by dmd
on Dec 23, 2012 -
I'm about to sign a lease on a commercial space that has radiator heating. The landlord wants us to pay one third of the heating costs for the building, as the space takes up the ground floor of a three story building.
At first this seemed logical to me, then I thought about it a bit... [more inside]
posted by newpotato
on Apr 26, 2011 -
I just replaced the radiator on my 2002 Ford Crown Victoria. I filled the coolant reservoir to the cold fill line. Now, if I let the car warm up for 10 minutes, coolant starts leaking out from under the upper radiator hose where it meets the radiator. The hose looks solid, and the hose clamp is on pretty tight so I assume the pressure is just getting really high. Also, if I open up the coolant reservoir cap, liquid coolant starts coming out, not steam. The coolant isn't even that hot. I can stop the radiator hose leak by reducing the amount of coolant in the reservoir, but the coolant level needs to be way way below the cold fill line for that. What is going on? What should I do?
posted by racecar
on Feb 8, 2011 -
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? [more inside]
posted by raztaj
on Jan 6, 2011 -
My radiator fan won't kick on when the car gets hot. I replaced the fusible link and let the car idle for awhile. After 15 minutes or so, the fusible link blew... Need specific advice on how to find the short circuit. [more inside]
posted by Slothrop
on Dec 11, 2010 -
2006 Volvo S60's radiator has gigantic hole incurred when driving over big rock (thanks, teenage daughter!), most fluid slowly leaked out over the course of a week. Local mechanic said it's a Volvo-shop fix, but the dealer is 12 miles away and the coolant tank is almost empty.
Is it safe to drive to the shop? I really don't want to be stuck on 95 with an unfixable radiator (and then having to call AAA).
posted by dzaz
on Oct 9, 2010 -
DIY cat bed on the radiator. Is it safe to build a platform on top of the cast-iron steam radiator for my cat to sit/lie on? If so, what materials, methods, etc should I use? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten
on Oct 7, 2010 -
How can I stop the noise coming from the steam pipe (?) in our bedroom's wall? We just moved into an apartment in a not-so-well maintained 1920s-era building. [more inside]
posted by pantufla
on Jul 13, 2010 -
Does anyone have any recommendations for a good painter and decorator who will work on my house located in South West London? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver
on Mar 22, 2010 -
If I run an extension cord or long power strip under my steam radiator, will something bad happen? [more inside]
posted by doift
on Mar 16, 2010 -
Why do the steam radiators in my apartment make such loud banging noises? Is there anything I personally can do, or do I need to pester my landlord?
posted by ztdavis
on Feb 11, 2009 -
How to safely moderate my radiator that has no knobs? My studio apartment's heat is controlled by the landlord, and is just too hot. [more inside]
posted by ecks
on Nov 5, 2007 -
What kind of radiators are in my house, and how do I fix them? They're broke, it's cold, and the radiators are so old I can't find any information about them on Google! Pictures here. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger
on Nov 5, 2007 -
I found a relative bargain on a super comfortable rattan couch. It's still real expensive, but, at half price, it's conceivably within my splurge budget. And I love the couch.
The problem is it's going in a room with a steam-powered radiator, and will sit quite close to that radiator. And someone knowledgable tells me that the moist heat of a radiator will ruin (or at least hasten the demise of) the rattan. I'd hate to see that happen, particularly at this price! [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim
on Aug 16, 2007 -
To which vintage British (?) manufactured lorry or commercial vehicle does this radiator part belong? Photos follow. [more inside]
posted by Dr.Pill
on May 20, 2007 -
My landlords turned on the heat in my building, and now my room smells funny. They say that it's nothing, but I'm kinda worried. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco
on Nov 5, 2006 -
HVAC Filter: Can someone describe how the radiator in my dorm room works? Or, how to fix it when it stops working in the middle of the night? (Pictures included!) [more inside]
posted by fvox13
on Mar 5, 2006 -
. I live in a student flat in the UK built in the last two years, that has a radiator with a large turning knob and a small dial on the end of the knob. How am I supposed to set it? [more inside]
posted by grouse
on Dec 2, 2004 -