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  1. #1
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    Default Can you help me find this radiator part?

    My radiator leaks steam. I closed the supply valve and the leak stopped, so I'm under the impression the graphite packing, beneath the packing nut, needs to be replaced. Upon removing the packing nut, that sure seems to be the case.

    I bought new graphite packing but when I attempted to tighten the nut I stripped the threads. I don't know if I stripped the threads on the supply valve or on the nut itself, but rather than buy a new supply valve and go through that hassle, I'd rather try to find a new packing nut and try that first.

    I'm having a challenge finding this packing nut, though. My local home stores don't offer it and I can't seem to locate it ******. The nut measures 1" in diameter, if measuring from the inside of the nut, from thread to thread. It measures 1.25", if measuring the diameter of the outside of the nut.

    Does anyone have any advice?

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  2. #2
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    Default Re: Can you help me find this radiator part?

    Finding a replacement packing nut will be very lucky at best. From looking at the valve it appears like you put T-tape on the threads. Try removing the T-tape and some of the new packing. You may find the nut to be OK. What you have is a one pipe steam system. There is very little pressure associated with that type system. It should take very little to prevent a leak. Very little packing should be needed.

    John

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    Default Re: Can you help me find this radiator part?

    Nice suggestion given by you. I am also appropriate with your things. This information will be very valuable to him and also to me. Thanks for help. Keep it up.

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