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This Re:Fine video shows you how to fit an extra radiator to heat more parts of your home.
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Fitting an Extra Radiator
Measure up the size of the room where the radiator is to be placed. A good plumber supply store or DIY will recommend a suitable radiator size. Locate the pipe work near to where the radiator is to be fitted. Lift the floor board and cut across it in the middle of the joint. Remove the floor board. Now, feel the pipes. The warmest of the two pipes will be the flow. In the majority of cases, the flow should always be piped to the left hand side of the radiator. Now, right hand pipe being noticed a return. Label the flow. Now, is the time to drain your essential heating system and isolate the power supply. Transfer the center of the fixing brackets onto the top of the radiator. This can then be easily marked on to the wall. Mark the horizontal or top of the radiator across this vertical mark. Now, square this to the other mark with the level. These marks can no become the top of the fixing brackets. Mark the positions to be drilled and plugged.
In this example we’re fitting a thermostatic radiator valve. These are generally fitted to the flow, that is on the left hand side of the radiator. Apply a bit of waterproof tape around the external thread making sure it’s round in the opposite direction of the thread. Tie in the valve into the radiator. There are several types of valve adjustments. This particular valve needs a wrench. Ensure the valve is tightened as much as possible. On the other end of the radiator, a standard valve will be fitted. This valve needs an aluminum wrench to be tightened. Again, make sure a good quantity of waterproof tape is used. Now, hang the radiator onto the brackets and check its level. Insert a small length of pipe into the valve in order to mark where the floor board needs to be drilled. Remove the radiator from the wall and drill a hole. The boards will need to be cut in order for the pipes to run up to the radiator. Do not cut away anymore of the board than is absolutely necessary. But remember to trim an extra few millimeters to allow for logging at the end. Mark the pipe holding the T fitted next to it. It’s actually will have to be removed to accommodate the fitting. Here, we’re using a pipeslice which gives a good clean straight cut. A hacksaw can be used but the rough edges will need to be cleaned up. Hold the pipe firmly and cut out the section required. This is the throw away section that will be replaced by the fitting. Apply flex to the pipe and fit it. The flex stops the metal from oxidizing when heat is applied for soldering. Fix the fitting and pipes together. Cut a length of pipe to suit. Your final situations were standard angles are not suitable so you’ll need to bend the pipe.
In this example, we’re going to use a pipe bending spring. Insert the spring into the pipe. Gradually bend the desired radius over your knee. Remove the spring and test. Mark the pipe and cut as necessary. Applying flex to the pipe and fitting, and now connect together. For ease, remove the valve to be piped up. Bend a 90-degree angle into the pipe. This is required to raise the pipe board above the floor boards. Always try to run your pipe board along the straightest route. Avoid too many elbows as this can restrict the efficiency of the system. When you’re bending pipe work, take care as it can take sometime to get it right exactly. Trim the pipe to length as required. Varying angles can be bent into one length of pipe if you need to. Mark and trim the pipes to size. Finally, flex all the remainder of the joints and assemble, ready to solder. Remove the bolt from the radiator fitting and put this onto the copper pipe. This type of fitting requires a sealing paste before assembly and tightening. Spread the paste over the pipe and opening. Part of the fitting which attaches to the radiator also requires an amount of paste. Reassemble the valve and hand tighten.
Now, it’s time to solder all the fittings. Take care that no electric cables or fitting are nearby. Generally, when solder drips from the bottom of the fitting, this is a good indication that the joint is full of solder. But it will be worth it to visually check that this is the case. Leave the pipe work to cool and wipe it down with a damp cloth. Now, tighten the compression fittings with an adjustable grip. The supply fit is now complete and you should follow the same procedure for the returning pipe. It will be worthwhile to insulate the pipes where they pass through joints. This will help stop cricking and knocking noises. Here, we’re using insulation which can be obtained from DIY stores. Now, we place the floor boards. It’s advisable to drill and screw the boards for easy access. Fill the Essential Heating System back up remembering to bring the air from your radiators starting with downstairs first. And lastly, check for any leaks.