HOW TO HANG A RADIATOR – Plumbing Tips
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This video will tell you how to mark out and hang a radiator. From deciding where to hang the rad on a wall, to actually fixing it using screws and making sure its level with a spirit level.
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Oh my god, and welcome to today’s plumberparts.co.uk video. Today, I’m gonna tell you how to measure up and hang a radiator. This is purely gonna be the hanging part of it, so marking out where your brackets are, drilling them, and then hanging the radiator to those brackets. If you wanna learn how to pipe up the radiator, have a look at our next video. This radiator here is an old radiator the customer wants to put back on the wall. They’ve had it skimmed and everything. We’ve got our two pipes down here ready for it to go back in, and unfortunately, there’s a plug here that they want to keep. Even though I’ve told them they shouldn’t really have it. So what we’re gonna do is measure our centres across from where they want it, and that’s the first thing we do. Measure where we want the centre of the radiator to be. Let’s do that now. So we measure where we want our rad. 68 inches, so that’s 34. We’ll mark a little mark there. Once you’ve got your centre, use a spirit level to actually get a main level right down the middle. Then you’ve got your centre line. Then score that just down there. So now we have our centre line. I often just put two arrows just like that so you know that’s your centre line, and if there are any other trades on the side, they also know as well, hopefully.
The next bit you need to do is to determine how high you want the radiator. Now here, obviously, because of this plug, our height is determined by that. Now I wanna keep a good few inches above that, so I’ll say I want it two inches above or something like that. Not a great bit above it, just about there. So I’ll put a small score line just there. That isn’t where you’re going to drill the bottom of your radiator brackets.
The next bit we have to do is lay the radiator on its back, put the brackets on, and actually measure from the bottom of the radiator to the bottom of the bracket. Then we’ll measure that distance on here, put a line there, take a level across, and then we’ll know the height of where our brackets should be. Let’s do that now. So the bottom of the radiator is obviously here. We’ll put our radiator bracket on. Once we’ve got this in place, we’ll put our tape measure on there and from the bottom of the rad we’ll measure the bottom of the bracket. That is 16 centimetres, or 160 mil. So we measure from the bottom of our radiator here, where we know we want the bottom to be, we go up 16 centimetres or 160 mil, and make a small mark there. Now that is the height of where the bottom of our brackets is going to be. So now we know exactly where the bottom of our brackets needs to be.
Get our spirit level, make sure that we’re nice and level, and run a line all the way across the wall. Once you’ve got your centre line, measure the distance between the radiator brackets. So, the good thing is you’ve got small torrids as each radiator bracket moves along. As you see here, the actual distance between the two here for the centres of these bracket holders is 88 centimetres. So, 88 divided by two is obviously 44, so you measure along the line that we’ve got, the level line we’ve got on the wall already, and measure out 44 centimetres each way. Once you’ve got that, just make a little nick for each line there and do the same over here. Now you’ve got your two nicks here, give yourself two straight lines up, use your spirit level all of the time. Same here. So now we actually get our bracket, we slide it down so it’s along the bottom line, just here and also in line with this line here. Once we’ve got that, we know exactly which position to drill our holes. Mark them in like that. Mark every hole on the bracket. Do the same up the other end.
So here we’re left with all the holes we need for this particular bracket. So now we know exactly where we need to drill our holes, get ourselves a nice drill, make sure it’s the right size for the plugs that you’re using, and drill the holes exactly where you need them. Right, now we’ve got our holes drilled. We’ll get some plugs and pop a plug in each hole. Make sure that you use the right fixings for the wall, because sometimes you’ll have plaster board, and sometimes these plugs won’t really do the trick. You’ll need the metal plaster board screws. Now offer out our bracket and put the screws in. And then tighten them all up. So now we’ve got both our brackets up there.