HOW TO INSTALL A TOWEL RADIATOR – Plumbing Tips

Posted on: January 16, 2017 by in Plumbing Videos
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HOW TO INSTALL A TOWEL RADIATOR – Plumbing Tips


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This video covers how to mark, drill and successfully install a Towel Radiator. From marking your centres and height using a tape measure and spirit level, to drill the holes and fixing to the wall. You will not fail with the instructional video!

Plumberparts.co.uk. Honest reviews and advice. – Hold tight and welcome to today’s very echo-y Plumberparts.co.uk video. Today, we’re gonna show you a really simple little job: how to hang and pipe up a towel rail. Now towel rails are quite fidgety because of the brackets they have are just individual little brackets most of the time. Not like the long easy brackets that you get to hang a normal radiator on.
So I’m just gonna show you how to do that right now on this wall just here and then we’re gonna fill it up, get it working, get it burning hot. So, I hope that you enjoy today’s video and let’s get going ’cause it’s gonna be absolutely amazingly epic. Hold tight! Right, first things first: prepare the radiator for instal. A lot of them have a small bung on top that you need to put in just like this one here. Do that, and there’ll be one on the other side as well that we’ve already put in. That should be it there, put that in and make sure it’s closed. Now you turn your radiator upside down and get your spigots ready. These are the bits that will go in at the other end of the radiator that connect onto your radiator valves and either be a TRV, or a thermostatic radiator valve, or a standard lockshield valve. Now this is the heat sink radiator for this system so it’s gonna have two lockshields on it, so. So, I’m just gonna PTFE these up. Of course, you can use Boss White, hemp, or even Loctite. It all works fine. Just use whatever you feel comfortable with. And then pop each one of these in the other end of your radiator. (metal clangs) Do that to both sides.
Now, get the radiator up against a wall or laying down, somewhere you can work on it. And have it so you’ve got the top and the rear facing you. What I usually do is, you’ll have a plate that goes on the wall like that. This part is attached to the radiator and will go into that plate, and this part on the other side of the radiator goes round there and pinches the harp. Now, what I always do is try and attach the two top ones first so you know roughly what your widths are, and then you can hold up the radiator so you know roughly kind of what height you want it to be at. So let’s mark up that right now. (metal clangs) I always try to tend to have them as wide apart as possible so you can get any kind of towels in there and stuff like that. And just tighten that up. Make sure it’s reasonably straight as well. We don’t want this approaching the wall at an angle. We want it to be approaching the wall reasonably square. Once you’ve got these two marked up and popped in, we can then twist it round, lift it up, and you might need someone to help you here, to make the centre of one of these or the height at which you want your radiator. Soon as you’ve got that, you can move on to the next stage. So that’s just about, oh, just about here. Yeah, just about there’d be lovely. So that’s pretty much on the line of this tile along here. So I can remember that. But if it’s you, just grab a pencil and just make a mark exactly at the kind of height that you want it to be at the top. Right, so now we know the height that we need.
We now need to know where we want the centre of the radiator to be. Now we’ve got these two pipes here, and if I measure them, this is the old radiator. . there, that’s . just there. Right, once we’ve got our centre line just here, where we know our centre is. Make sure your spirit level’s straight and that your spirit bubble is in the middle of this spirit pipe here. And then draw the line up from there. Just keep on going up until we get to the top where we know the top of our radiator is going to be. So now that we’ve got the centre and the height, we can then get our wall plates and pop them on just like so and then measure the distance from centre to centre. centimetres. Divide that by two, then I have what to measure out from your centre mark here and here. Measure out from our centre line . and mark. And do the same on the other side. Measure out . and mark that there. Now what we do is get a drill, get the plugs that have been supplied, and we actually attach these two plates onto the wall up here. Say again on the other side where you marked it. And then pop your plugs in and screw your plate to the wall. So we got our plugs in now with our screw, just living down there. These are brilliant, these drills.

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