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Removing a radiator

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Got a bloke coming next week to skim my daughter's room, said I would remove the radiator. I think I get how to do it, will there be any issues leaving it off for a week or so (apart from no hea… Read More
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6y, 1w agoPosted 6 years, 1 week ago
Got a bloke coming next week to skim my daughter's room, said I would remove the radiator.

I think I get how to do it, will there be any issues leaving it off for a week or so (apart from no heat obviously) All of the results on Google talk of removing a radiator 'temporarily', just wasn't sure how 'temporary' it would need to be

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2 Likes #1
10 seconds is all youre allowed before the radiator self detructs.
#2
He better be quick then!

DIY isn't my forte really, didn't want to mess the heating system up

Edited By: sancho1983 on Apr 12, 2011 19:50
#3
I've had one off the wall for 4 weeks !!! as long as its shut off both ends, I'm guessing as long as you like.
#4
richp
I've had one off the wall for 4 weeks !!! as long as its shut off both ends, I'm guessing as long as you like.


Yep just use a penny in-between the pipe and the bolt bit, watch out for black gunk when removing, it stains


Edited By: skellysgirl on Apr 12, 2011 19:56
1 Like #5
sancho1983
He better be quick then!

DIY isn't my forte really, didn't want to mess the heating system up


this is a good site for pointers & help ultimatehandyman.co.uk
2 Likes #6
Ive done it loads of times. Its best if you have two people unless the rad is small.

1) turn the vales clockwise as to stop and water passing through them and go get a shallow tray like a take away tub.
2) undo the nuts on the side of the rads and place the tray under the nut.
3) ask your friend to wedge his/her FINGER in the hole of the rad to stop it leaving out while you lift the rad off the brackets.
4) flip the rad over so the top is not the bottom.
5) take it to the bath or outside and dispose of the dirty water.

any problems and its your fault lol.
#7
And if you've got trv's on the radiators make sure you take the head of the valve off and put the plastic decorating cap on it
#8
You can also lift it clear of the brackets, slacken the valves and swivel the rad to the floor. Tighten the valves again reverse it when finished. Obviously difficult with big rads
1 Like #9
souljacker
And if you've got trv's on the radiators make sure you take the head of the valve off and put the plastic decorating cap on it

Yep I have seen a whole lot of flooding where the room cooled down, because no radiator, and the trv opened and water run over night through the ceiling
I would not tip the radiator contents into your bath it may stain.
If you take the radiator outside you can flush the black gunk out with a hose down the drain
#10
mosskeeto
You can also lift it clear of the brackets, slacken the valves and swivel the rad to the floor. Tighten the valves again reverse it when finished. Obviously difficult with big rads


This is what I have done a few times also. Means the radiator is not removed/drained.
banned#11
Dont you have to bleed the radiators once it is put back on? Also increase the pressure on the boiler or fill the water?

Also, if you guys have the black gunk in your radiators, i think you should power flush the system out or use the chemicals inhibit x800 or equivalent.
#12
DEALWARRIOR
souljacker
And if you've got trv's on the radiators make sure you take the head of the valve off and put the plastic decorating cap on it

Yep I have seen a whole lot of flooding where the room cooled down, because no radiator, and the trv opened and water run over night through the ceiling
I would not tip the radiator contents into your bath it may stain.
If you take the radiator outside you can flush the black gunk out with a hose down the drain

Well you can take them downstairs but if you clean the bath straigh away with washing up liquid its usually fine, from my experience. But yea if you can take them outside then run a house through it and flush it out throughly.






Adnan786
Dont you have to bleed the radiators once it is put back on? Also increase the pressure on the boiler or fill the water?

Also, if you guys have the black gunk in your radiators, i think you should power flush the system out or use the chemicals inhibit x800 or equivalent.

yes, as when you open the valves the water will rush back in up to a certain point. Suggest you increase teh water pressure in teh bioiler and open the bleeding valve in the upstairs rads (one at a time) to remove the air. Do this to all your upstairs rads and then check the pressure in the boiler. if its has reduced then top it up (refere to handbook).

Also, agree with teh point about putting a inhibitor in too.
#13
Rupz
DEALWARRIOR
souljacker
And if you've got trv's on the radiators make sure you take the head of the valve off and put the plastic decorating cap on it

Yep I have seen a whole lot of flooding where the room cooled down, because no radiator, and the trv opened and water run over night through the ceiling
I would not tip the radiator contents into your bath it may stain.
If you take the radiator outside you can flush the black gunk out with a hose down the drain

Well you can take them downstairs but if you clean the bath straigh away with washing up liquid its usually fine, from my experience. But yea if you can take them outside then run a house through it and flush it out throughly.






Adnan786
Dont you have to bleed the radiators once it is put back on? Also increase the pressure on the boiler or fill the water?

Also, if you guys have the black gunk in your radiators, i think you should power flush the system out or use the chemicals inhibit x800 or equivalent.

yes, as when you open the valves the water will rush back in up to a certain point. Suggest you increase teh water pressure in teh bioiler and open the bleeding valve in the upstairs rads (one at a time) to remove the air. Do this to all your upstairs rads and then check the pressure in the boiler. if its has reduced then top it up (refere to handbook).

Also, agree with teh point about putting a inhibitor in too.

Gosh we are confusing people
The point about pressurising the system will only apply if the system does not have a make up tank in the roof and is under pressure. You can find this out by looking inside the boiler and see if there is a pressure gauge.
#14
I have a back boiler, so a lot of that doesn't apply. Think I lost the decorators caps since I fitted the trvs though
banned#15
DEALWARRIOR
Rupz
DEALWARRIOR
souljacker
And if you've got trv's on the radiators make sure you take the head of the valve off and put the plastic decorating cap on it


Yep I have seen a whole lot of flooding where the room cooled down, because no radiator, and the trv opened and water run over night through the ceiling
I would not tip the radiator contents into your bath it may stain.
If you take the radiator outside you can flush the black gunk out with a hose down the drain


Well you can take them downstairs but if you clean the bath straigh away with washing up liquid its usually fine, from my experience. But yea if you can take them outside then run a house through it and flush it out throughly.






Adnan786
Dont you have to bleed the radiators once it is put back on? Also increase the pressure on the boiler or fill the water?

Also, if you guys have the black gunk in your radiators, i think you should power flush the system out or use the chemicals inhibit x800 or equivalent.


yes, as when you open the valves the water will rush back in up to a certain point. Suggest you increase teh water pressure in teh bioiler and open the bleeding valve in the upstairs rads (one at a time) to remove the air. Do this to all your upstairs rads and then check the pressure in the boiler. if its has reduced then top it up (refere to handbook).

Also, agree with teh point about putting a inhibitor in too.


Gosh we are confusing people
The point about pressurising the system will only apply if the system does not have a make up tank in the roof and is under pressure. You can find this out by looking inside the boiler and see if there is a pressure gauge.


So it will apply to combi boilers only?


Edited By: Adnan786 on Apr 13, 2011 20:30
#16
sancho1983
I have a back boiler, so a lot of that doesn't apply. Think I lost the decorators caps since I fitted the trvs though

The best answer is to buy new caps, easy said than done though
When I cannot find my ones at home I remove the trv put a coin under and then screw it back down holding down the internal plunger. Remove the cap on the valve at the other end and close it down with either a spanner or grips.
Just do not overtighten and burst something

Being a worry I also tape a food bag over the ends to catch any drips onto the light carpets.
When putting it back I also clean the valve seats and use a smear of sealing compound on them to prevent any weeping before bolting it back together
Its worth checking for drips after the pump starts up again

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