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  • Nice!

    That's quite the rad on the ground floor there.

  • It is quite a big one isn't it. If anyone has any good links to removing rads for stripping/painting behind I'm all ears!

  • Hardly HBO production value but this is all you need to do:


  • I need to paint behind this radiator. It's a bit too close to the wall to paint behind I suspect so what's the easiest way of doing it? Cheers

  • Fantastic, ta!

  • Has anyone come across coach screws that are fully threaded in their travels?

    Those ones I used for my shelving were perfect and felt rock soilid mounted up, but I only had 6 that came with a radiator, and now can't find exactly similar. Most coach screws it seems have at least a small unthreaded portion which would mean sizing down to M5 or using something like a turbogold hex head which only has 30mm of thread.

  • I think someone suggested on there that you can, ahem, loosen the couplings then rotate the rad down and on to the floor, negating the need to take it off completely or drain it.

    Obvs needs a bit of clearance and a wall fixing that allows this.

  • Good questions.
    It'll be for 2.5mm T&E so roughly 15 x 8mm

  • thought so, but well done to growing it that big! also its mise en scene is spectacular in the pic

  • Yeah. It should cope with that fine.
    I’d do it in two passes probably, get a feel for how it’s cutting.
    With you use a guide/straight edge?

  • Yeah that was my thinking too. And yes, I'll tack up a straight edge as a guide.
    Thanks, I'll get it ordered :)

  • You can do this with rads, but this one has the tails coming out of the walls, not up from the floor so if it has brackets it needs to be lifted up and off (I can’t see from pic) - it ain’t going to work.
    Probably @aggi will have to isolate at the control valve and the lock shield (looks like it’s the same valve either side) and drain the rad (opening the air valve all the way and only taking off one valve helps keep things under control).
    I would definitely try using a mini roller to paint behind it first, are you using a very different colour?

  • No worries.

    I would also recommend using a wet vac (if you have one). Much easier to keep the area dry if you use it to extract the water.

    I have one of these and they work a treat.

    Also - never undo the nut fully and keep the adjustable wrench handy to nip back up when you're changing bowl etc.

  • Even though the bit will be cutting both sides of the chase at once the tool will still behave much better cutting left to right with good even pressure into the guide. Depends how neat you need the chase to be.

  • I would also recommend using a wet vac

    Running in a blind panic to get all the towels is also an option.

  • Great, thanks for the tip

  • Ah - I see you're an artisan radiator remover; using the traditional methods taught by our forefathers.

  • Its a lovely plant, I kept it in a tug of love break up.
    It’s no longer in the window (it was taking over) it’s not as happy in the alcove where the tv was - I think it might be getting too cold in the winter too, I moved the radiator.

    This one is in the same room and is loving life atm.

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  • Good shout on the wet vac, have a screwfix voucher so may go that route. Although I'm sure either way I'll be getting in a flap. Just to check, you're talking about not fully undoing the cap nut during the bleeding process to reduce the rate of water escaping? Obviously this has to be fully undone if removing the rad.


  • It’s so much worse when you’re working in someone else’s house.


  • I can only imagine. But the saving grace for me is if I was working in someone else's house and it went wrong, it would be entirely that homeowner's poor choices that got us both into that situation.

  • I once witnessed a plumber install an isolation valve without turning off the stopcock. That was a sight to behold.

  • I was once trying to flush out pipe work to a heat exchanger that was totally blocked with black sludge by connecting it to the mains with a hose.
    What could go wrong?

    The owners were sat chatting with me in their kitchen when one connection on the hose failed.
    The back pressured black sludge and water sprayed out all over me and the kitchen, leaving my negative shadow on the wall.
    They stared in stunned disbelief.

    Fortunately they were mates and I was sort of doing them a favour.
    I think they forgave me.

  • My ancient Metabo RO sander is dying.
    I can’t afford a Festool, what’s the best bang for the bucks sander out there?

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