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bookcase over hydronic baseboard heat2/28
Iím installing a built in bookcase on a wall that has an existing hydronic baseboard. The room gets plenty of heat so I have no concerns of heat loss. My question is what are my options in blocking this baseboard with the built in? Itís in the way but I canít remove it as I donít have access below and itís part of a larger loops I donít want to just block it with the bookcase because of the potential for too much heat build up so I was hoping for a way to stop the heat output all together in the section that Iím installing the bookcase. I was thinking I could remove all the aluminum/metal components, maybe the fins too? and just wrap the remaining copper pipe with insulation. Then just box in it in and I can build my bookcase. Any suggestions?
If it's a modern standard baseboard radiator that has a copper tube with aluminum fins on it to distribute the heat it's pretty easy to disable the heat output significantly.
Just cut off the aluminum fins. Then it is essentially a bare pipe that carries hot water. You can go a bit further by placing pipe insulation over it to keep the heat in the pipe and all it will be is to keep the water flowing in that section of the loop without transferring much heat at all.
Leo is absolutely right. That part of the line stops being a radiator. If it was in my house I would cut the pipe where the fins start and stop. Sweat in a bare piece of pipe. It then becomes a hot water pipe as if its in a wall, except its under your cabinet. Crushing the fins by hand and throwing some foam tube insulation on top should be more than adequate.
I'd hang the bookcase off the wall and leave the heater alone. No pictures? No input from your customer? Hard to give advice.