Monday, May 30, 2005

Old Guy vs. THE RADIATOR

The plumber came on Wednesday and drained the boiler, which led to Lisa asking, "Does this mean we're commited to geothermal heating?" My answer was, "Yes, but we're can still back out up until we start dropping the pipes." I was itching to get to the next step of finishing the music room: getting the floor stripped.

I'm an old guy, and I tend to work alone on this house restoration stuff, which can be difficult when it's time to tackle (cue sinister music) THE RADIATOR. The radiator in the music room has 29 fins and is just over six feet long. It's two feet tall and over 10 inches wide. When asked to estimate it's weight the plumber said, "Gee, I dunno, 500 lbs?" I knew I had my work cut out for me.

Fortunately, I used to teach 5th grade, so I have more than a passing familiarity with simple machines. Borrowing a low clearance jack from my brother, I went to the rental store and got two heavy duty roller trucks. I set out by trying to lift the radiator as close to the middle as I could to maximize the lift on the upper end.


I soon realized that I would soon be hitting the underside of the window sill, so I very delicately tried to move the raised end out away from the wall. As soon as I did that I heard creaking noises from the down end and knew that I was probably tearing up the floor on the other end. So I lowered the radiator and went to get some scrap wood. I raised the other side (previously the down side, and put wood under it and went back to the original end which was away from the wall and raised it enough to slide the truck under.


I then lowered the radiator onto the truck and proceeded to raise the other end and wiggle it away from the wall, getting the truck under the other end too.


Knowing I needed to make sure the radiator stayed secure on the trucks I wrapped a rope among the fins. I could then turn the radiator so I could move it out of the music room.


I put it in the living room and let it hang out with its biggest brother


That puppy is eight and a half feet long with 41 fins!

I was feeling pretty good, I had done this in well under an hour and could work on stripping the floor. Then Sunday came and I started thinking about how can I get the trucks back to the rental store by Tuesday? I was certain, I couldn't get that thing out of the house myself, so I talked to my brother and he and his sons came Monday to help. Once again using simple machine knowledge I put 2 fourteen foot 2x12's down on the back porch.


and we got it down pretty easily. We rolled it onto boards in the yard, and removed the trucks.


Now all I have to do is find someone who wants it! Seriously if you want a set, let me know, every one has the original metal cover that came with them, see the pic of the big one, it has some pretty bad contact paper over it but the covers are cool. One idea I had was to make them benches in the back yard, but Lisa isn't buying that one, yet.

-Mike

5 comments:

Patricia W said...

If I were near where you live I would take them gladly. I'm keeping my radiator heat in the house I'm buying but would like a couple of additional radiators as the upstairs has only one or two. The ones you removed are huge!
Thanks for sharing how you moved them by yourself, this will help me in the future.

Kurt said...

Incredible--either that must have been one large room, or it was made to keep a house 80 degrees, even in Iowa City. Nice degree of ingenuity.

Kurt

Mike said...

I think I've found someone for the radiators, a local contractor who is doing the house remodel for our
Friends of Historic Preservation House Project.

http://www.ic-fhp.org/newsletterSp2005.pdf"

In exchange for the radiators, he has offered excellent advice and has served as a consultant with my construction crew. As to Kurt's question about size of room, the library is 12' 9" by 15' 9" the living room is 12' 9" by 23' so they are big rooms, and yes, Helen keep the thermostat set at 76 degrees!

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