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    • Zola.
    • By Zola. 11th Oct 16, 4:47 PM
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    Radiator replacement & Valves replacement / how long should this take?
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    • 11th Oct 16, 4:47 PM
    Radiator replacement & Valves replacement / how long should this take? 11th Oct 16 at 4:47 PM
    I have taken all the radiators off on the house before when decorating, but I must have wrecked one a while back, as the bleed nut was broken when I went to bleed it the other night, after taking it off to paint the walls.

    I live in a house with oldish radiators, no TRVs etc.

    I bought a replacement radiator, but getting a plumber out to fit it, as it needs fixed to a wall and I also want to add new TRV valves to it.

    How long would this take do you reckon?

    - drill holes for new radiator holders and fit radiator
    - change either ends to modern connectors, with a TRV kit

    I was thinking no more than an hour haha
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    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 11th Oct 16, 4:57 PM
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    Assuming no modifications to pipework necessary, its not much more than an hours job plus the time to drain down the system and re-fill (unless a freezing kit is used when replacing the valves).
    • bridgedino
    • By bridgedino 11th Oct 16, 9:58 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 9:58 PM
    Plan for 1, allow for 3
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    • By FreeBear 12th Oct 16, 1:43 AM
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    • 12th Oct 16, 1:43 AM
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    If you have managed to disconnect and remove the old radiators, you should be able to fit a new one. The only problem you might face is if the old fittings are very old.

    I found that the current crop of radiator taps have a slightly different thread on the unions than my original fittings. My radiators & fittings are some 40 years old (if not older). Slowly going round replacing mine a couple of rooms at a time and redoing the pipework.
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    • Zola.
    • By Zola. 13th Oct 16, 9:13 AM
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    • 13th Oct 16, 9:13 AM
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    • 13th Oct 16, 9:13 AM
    The main thing is I am a total noob with a drill, shameful i know, and I dont even have drill bits. I need to practice! Might start trying to hang things in the garage.

    I also will need the guy to ensure theres an inhibitor in the system as this radiator says it isnt designed to go without some in the system. And I have no idea how to fit TRVs, although it cant be that hard! I plan to stay in the room with him and try to learn. Would that be too invasive?!
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    • By peter12345678910 13th Oct 16, 9:34 AM
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    • 13th Oct 16, 9:34 AM
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    • 13th Oct 16, 9:34 AM
    The main thing is I am a total noob with a drill, shameful i know, and I dont even have drill bits. I need to practice! Might start trying to hang things in the garage.

    I also will need the guy to ensure theres an inhibitor in the system as this radiator says it isnt designed to go without some in the system. And I have no idea how to fit TRVs, although it cant be that hard! I plan to stay in the room with him and try to learn. Would that be too invasive?!
    Originally posted by Zola.
    U have to stay in the room to make sure he or she does not steal anything while you are busy stealing knowledge from him.
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    • thescouselander
    • By thescouselander 13th Oct 16, 10:10 AM
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    • 13th Oct 16, 10:10 AM
    Sounds like an easy job. Since all the radiators are already off there won't be much water in the system. It would be quite easy to drain the rest off and complete the job yourself. The hardest bit will probably getting the mounting holes in the right place to the tails meet up with the valves - nothing a bit of careful measuring and checking (3 times) wouldn't sort out. There's loads of videos on YouTube on how to do this.

    I'd have thought a professional would have it done pretty quickly.
    Last edited by thescouselander; 13-10-2016 at 10:13 AM.
    • Zola.
    • By Zola. 13th Oct 16, 11:03 AM
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    • 13th Oct 16, 11:03 AM
    Thats the main thing, getting the measurements up and done right, if only the radiator had the same slot in grooves then I would have tackled it myself!
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