2 X SOLID BRASS RADIATOR BLEED KEYS  - get rid of those cold areas at the top of your radiators - 1.09p eBay /  Smart-Plumbing
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2 X SOLID BRASS RADIATOR BLEED KEYS - get rid of those cold areas at the top of your radiators - 1.09p eBay / Smart-Plumbing

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Found 25th Mar
Not a lot you can say really. Radiator keys, 2, one to replace the one you'll inevitably lose. Brass.

2 positive reviews and 1 critical, but the critical review is actually a positive review because the author's missed a key point.


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Sorry, cold from me, you can get four here for 1p less:

ffx.co.uk/too…4Pk

Or, if you want brass ones (same as the OP by the looks), 49p each at Toolstation:

toolstation.com/sho…=no

Just goes to show you though, as this keeps getting hotter, that people will just click on anything without actually reading the deal or having any knowledge of the actual cost of things.
Edited by: "ThanksForThat" 26th Mar
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How to do it:


Sorry, cold from me, you can get four here for 1p less:

ffx.co.uk/too…4Pk

Or, if you want brass ones (same as the OP by the looks), 49p each at Toolstation:

toolstation.com/sho…=no

Just goes to show you though, as this keeps getting hotter, that people will just click on anything without actually reading the deal or having any knowledge of the actual cost of things.
Edited by: "ThanksForThat" 26th Mar
So... am I doing something wrong by just using a big flathead for this?
How is brass an advantage? Like gold plated optical plugs no doubt!
Had you noticed how it is impossible to find the bleeding tool whenever you do actually have a cold radiator?
encaser10 m ago

How is brass an advantage? Like gold plated optical plugs no doubt!


Bleed valves are generally made from brass, so the premise is that a brass key, being made of the same material, can't damage the valve screw (where a harder metal might), which is why the OP alludes to the negative review actually being a positive (that the key was damaged, not the valve screw). But one wonders how, if the key is brass, it could get so mashed up on a valve, and in reality I've never had any issue with any valve key of any material.
ThanksForThat18 m ago

Bleed valves are generally made from brass, so the premise is that a brass …Bleed valves are generally made from brass, so the premise is that a brass key, being made of the same material, can't damage the valve screw (where a harder metal might), which is why the OP alludes to the negative review actually being a positive (that the key was damaged, not the valve screw). But one wonders how, if the key is brass, it could get so mashed up on a valve, and in reality I've never had any issue with any valve key of any material.


To paraphrase Del boy's lesson to Rodney over gold rings, "Some are rolled less than others, Rodders".
Yes, I get the theory of like strengths but it doesn't hold water when valves get jammed and so a soft metal one can be an obvious disadvantage. Or put another way, ever see a plumber with one? No.
ThanksForThat27 m ago

Bleed valves are generally made from brass, so the premise is that a brass …Bleed valves are generally made from brass, so the premise is that a brass key, being made of the same material, can't damage the valve screw (where a harder metal might), which is why the OP alludes to the negative review actually being a positive (that the key was damaged, not the valve screw). But one wonders how, if the key is brass, it could get so mashed up on a valve, and in reality I've never had any issue with any valve key of any material.


Your logic's flawed. If the bleed screw's stuck hard enough to be damaged by a key that's harder than the screw, you're screwed (excuse the pun) anyway. A softer key isn't going to help.
The most likely explanation is that cheap soft brass key deformed on a tight steel bleed screw.

The 36 year old radiators I took out didn't have brass bleed valves and nor do the one's I've replaced them with. I still use the 36 year old alloy bleed key. The plastic ones supplied with the radiators are rubbish.
qbs38 m ago

Your logic's flawed. If the bleed screw's stuck hard enough to be damaged …Your logic's flawed. If the bleed screw's stuck hard enough to be damaged by a key that's harder than the screw, you're screwed (excuse the pun) anyway. A softer key isn't going to help.The most likely explanation is that cheap soft brass key deformed on a tight steel bleed screw.The 36 year old radiators I took out didn't have brass bleed valves and nor do the one's I've replaced them with. I still use the 36 year old alloy bleed key. The plastic ones supplied with the radiators are rubbish.


That's why I said "generally", rather than "absolutely always with no exceptions". If people spent more time reading and less time coming up with reactionary comments to things they think they've read, the world would be a better place and everyone would be a bit more chilled out.

Either way that's by-the-by, this is an complete no-deal that's somehow gone hot. You've got to laugh
Edited by: "ThanksForThat" 26th Mar
ThanksForThat1 h, 8 m ago

That's why I said "generally", rather than "absolutely always with no …That's why I said "generally", rather than "absolutely always with no exceptions". If people spent more time reading and less time coming up with reactionary comments to things they think they've read, the world would be a better place and everyone would be a bit more chilled out.Either way that's by-the-by, this is an complete no-deal that's somehow gone hot. You've got to laugh


I know what I read. I've never come across brass bleed screws and was using my own radiators to demonstrate time scale.
Interestingly, the pack of 4 bleed keys look very similar to my 36 year old well used and still as good as new specimen.

Maybe spend less time trying to dig yourself out of a hole, and more on learning a bit about metals.
These can be used as emergency cufflinks. Possibly. I just made that up.
Had those...very small hard and to get any leverage on them if the bleed screw is tight.
ThanksForThat8 h, 18 m ago

Sorry, cold from me, you can get four here for 1p …Sorry, cold from me, you can get four here for 1p less:https://www.ffx.co.uk/tools/product/Silverline-671754-5024763140051-Radiator-Bleed-And-Vent-Key-4PkOr, if you want brass ones (same as the OP by the looks), 49p each at Toolstation:https://www.toolstation.com/shop/p59405?table=noJust goes to show you though, as this keeps getting hotter, that people will just click on anything without actually reading the deal or having any knowledge of the actual cost of things.


How much is delivery for the brass ones :-)
I prefer the radiator keys which have holes for tying a bit of string through. Easier to hang the key somewhere convenient.
jackmaxwell28 h, 24 m ago

So... am I doing something wrong by just using a big flathead for this?


No, it's fine if you have that option but a lot don't. I have one fairly new radiator where I can use a flat head, but I need one of these keys for the rest. Though I find it easier to use the key on the one that does take a flat head anyway.
banjomike16 m ago

I prefer the radiator keys which have holes for tying a bit of string …I prefer the radiator keys which have holes for tying a bit of string through. Easier to hang the key somewhere convenient.


Yes... the ones with holes can easily be put on a key-ring - so will be used more by heating engineers/plumbers who will have one on them all the time. So I prefer this type, though I have found some seem to fit better than others..

ebay.co.uk/itm…rue

As for the comment about using a flat head screwdriver... this is possible but isn't that easy to have in your pocket and also not always that easy to get to bleed valves e.g. close up against a wall.
I can’t believe I just read this thread
qbs7 h, 11 m ago

I know what I read. I've never come across brass bleed screws and was …I know what I read. I've never come across brass bleed screws and was using my own radiators to demonstrate time scale.Interestingly, the pack of 4 bleed keys look very similar to my 36 year old well used and still as good as new specimen. Maybe spend less time trying to dig yourself out of a hole, and more on learning a bit about metals.



I've got brass bleed screws. Just saying.
qbs8 h, 48 m ago

and more on learning a bit about metals.


I'm always willing to learn Which specific zinc alloy is harder/stronger than brass?
Loving all the anger and passive aggression about 50 pence radiator keys
spaceinvader2 h, 15 m ago

Loving all the anger and passive aggression about 50 pence radiator keys …Loving all the anger and passive aggression about 50 pence radiator keys


I think qbs is not getting any at the moment.
ThanksForThat18 h, 4 m ago

.......Just goes to show you though, as this keeps getting hotter, that ….......Just goes to show you though, as this keeps getting hotter, that people will just click on anything without actually reading the deal or having any knowledge of the actual cost of things.


Isn't that just the everyday story of HUKD?
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