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Postby fuzzylogic » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:08 pm

Any plumbers on the site, could use some advice. Recently had one of these vertical radiators installed, the radiator itself has 7 panels, but only 4 of them are heading up.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Any Plumbers? - Radiator Help

Postby BR » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:09 pm

fuzzylogic wrote:Any plumbers on the site, could use some advice. Recently had one of these vertical radiators installed, the radiator itself has 7 panels, but only 4 of them are heading up.

Any thoughts?

You've tried bleeding it?
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Re: Any Plumbers? - Radiator Help

Postby Cap'n Grumpy » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:32 pm

BR wrote:
fuzzylogic wrote:Any plumbers on the site, could use some advice. Recently had one of these vertical radiators installed, the radiator itself has 7 panels, but only 4 of them are heading up.

Any thoughts?

You've tried bleeding it?

If you do get a plumber, send him round to Kingspan when you've finished - we have a leaking defence that needs fixed.
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Re: Any Plumbers? - Radiator Help

Postby Shan » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:42 pm

Cap'n Grumpy wrote:If you do get a plumber, send him round to Kingspan when you've finished - we have a leaking defence that needs fixed.


That would be some assignment. May I suggest Christopher Plummer.
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Re: Any Plumbers? - Radiator Help

Postby waggonsroll » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:10 pm

Shan,
At the top of the radiator there should be a tapped screw on one of the sides that should be able to be unscrewed with a screwdriver although I have seen some that need a spanner. When the radiator is warm at the bottom gradually unscrew the screw. You should hear some hissing/gurgling. The water from the base of the radiator is now filling the top. When the water comes out of the top quickly tighten it and that should be that. Be very careful not to unscrew the top screw completely or you will have a nice shower AND be very careful that the water isn't too hot or you will scald yourself. This is what BR means by bleeding it - you don't need leeches!

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Re: Any Plumbers? - Radiator Help

Postby mid ulster maestro » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:15 pm

You may also require a radiator key.
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Re: Any Plumbers? - Radiator Help

Postby Shan » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:19 pm

waggonsroll wrote:Shan,
At the top of the radiator there should be a tapped screw on one of the sides that should be able to be unscrewed with a screwdriver although I have seen some that need a spanner. When the radiator is warm at the bottom gradually unscrew the screw. You should hear some hissing/gurgling. The water from the base of the radiator is now filling the top. When the water comes out of the top quickly tighten it and that should be that. Be very careful not to unscrew the top screw completely or you will have a nice shower AND be very careful that the water isn't too hot or you will scald yourself. This is what BR means by bleeding it - you don't need leeches!

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Thank you waggonsroll. I haven't an earthly what all this means but I'll file it in case I ever decide to do away with my electric heating. Fuzzy may find it immediately useful though. :D
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Re: Any Plumbers? - Radiator Help

Postby Shan » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:23 pm

mid ulster maestro wrote:You may also require a radiator key.


Are these things created in such a way as to ensure there will always be work for some skilled folk.

Get electric heating. Water is for drinking.

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Re: Any Plumbers? - Radiator Help

Postby BR » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:38 pm

The rad may also need balanced. Which bit is failing to heat?
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Postby big mervyn » Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:09 am

Fuzzy is the new Damo!
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Re: Any Plumbers? - Radiator Help

Postby Cap'n Grumpy » Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:28 am

Shan wrote:Are these things created in such a way as to ensure there will always be work for some skilled folk.

Even an unskilled person can bleed a radiator, but the stupid are always with us. :duck:
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Postby BaggyTrousers » Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:30 am

Shan wrote:
mid ulster maestro wrote:You may also require a radiator key.


Are these things created in such a way as to ensure there will always be work for some skilled folk.

Get electric heating. Water is for drinking.

>TLGH


Be careful drinking water, fish fùck in water. :shock:

Electrically generated heat is bad for you. Fact. Ask any non-electrical engineer.

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Re: Any Plumbers? - Radiator Help

Postby BR » Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:37 pm

I would imagine most men* over a certain age in NI know how to bleed a radiator. But it's not something in our DNA, we need to learn it somewhere along the line. And if the opportunity never arises, where do we acquire the knowledge? I don't know where I learned about it. We had no central heating when I was growing up, so how did I suddenly know how to bleed a rad?
If it's not something someone has experienced, is it fair to criticize them for asking for advice? After all UAFC is better than any DIY forum.

Notwithstanding Fuzzy's problem could be a lot more complicated than a bit of trapped air.

*I know plenty of weemin who know how to bleed things too.
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Re: Any Plumbers? - Radiator Help

Postby Cap'n Grumpy » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:36 pm

BR wrote:If it's not something someone has experienced, is it fair to criticize them for asking for advice? After all UAFC is better than any DIY forum.

Is it?

I'm not so sure.

I would suggest the best advice on here is usually to refer to a DIY forum, or maybe Youtube, where you can get visual instruction on how to do many things.

So why not just go direct and cut out this forum?

BTW - I agree with you on all that "where did I learn how to bleed a rad" bit.I never grew up with central heating,but somewhere along the line, the knowledge of how to do that somehow worked its way into my grey matter.

BR wrote:Notwithstanding Fuzzy's problem could be a lot more complicated than a bit of trapped air.

That's true, and he may need a plumber, but still before bringing in an expensive tradesman, worth trying the little bleeder ..... it may just work and might just save a fair penny.
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Postby Cap'n Grumpy » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:42 pm

BaggyTrousers wrote:Electrically generated heat is bad for you. Fact.

My electric kettle hasn't done me any harm (that I know of) and it has definitely done me some good when I put my electrically heated water into a hot water bottle and placed that adjacent to my aching spine. :thumleft:
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