How to Patch a Radiator
LESLIE: Donald in Indiana is having a radiator issue. Tell us what’s going on at your money pit.
DONALD: I installed an extra radiator in a hot-water system and not knowing that the radiator was bad, had a little hole in it. I was told it was OK. Got it all installed and put water in the system and lo and behold, water started spurting out of it.
DONALD: So I shut it all off and of course, after it dried up, why I mixed up some putty – well, actually, it’s epoxy putty is what I’ve got put over the hole – put a little piece of metal over it and put two clamps on it. And tomorrow, I will see if it’s going to hold or not.
TOM: OK. Well, I think you did the right thing, because I was going to tell you that an epoxy patching compound is probably the right thing to do there. I’ve actually patched a radiator myself using that exact method and it worked fine and it’s been probably 10 years now. I’m reminded of it every time I go into the bathroom and stare at the patch wondering, “Hmm, wonder if that’s going to hold.” But so far, so good.
DONALD: I sure hope so. I was just on another – on a steam pipe that – 2-inch steam pipe was leaking in the threads and I put that around and that was probably 2, 3 years ago and it’s holding, so I thought I’d try this.
TOM: Well, I think you did the right thing and I think you’re going to be very happy with the result. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.