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Water hammering (noisy steam heat)

Posted by Mark Permann on November 22, 1996 at 13:30:13:

I'm sure that on this list of tenant gripes mine will rank as small potatoes, but
I'm new to New York and brownstone living. I love my apartment other than the fact
that I often wake up at night to water hammering, the loud banging noise that sometimes
occurs when steam starts to fill the radiators. Supposedly this is caused by condensate
being pushed up the pipe by incoming steam at high speed and then slamming into the pipe
when it turns a corner. What I'd like to know is, are there any simple (i.e., tenant-performed)
fixes to this problem, or are there any more complicated fixes that the landlord would
be obligated to perform, or will I just have to learn to sleep heavier?

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