People often balk at installing designer interior equipment, but putting in tall or column radiators is pretty easy. If you have some basic DIY knowledge, you won’t have to pay a plumber to install your radiators. However, it will help to have an extra set of hands and some expert advice.
Check out our easy-to-follow guide for the essential principles of putting up your smart new radiators.
Check You Have the Right Tools
When planning to put up your column radiators, the first thing you’ll need to do is read the installation instructions to find out what tools and equipment you need. These may vary depending on the make of the radiator you purchase. Typically, you’ll need to make sure you have the following:
- Hammer drill
- 7mm masonry bit
- Cordless screwdriver
- Tape measure
- Brown plugs
- Screws of the right sizing
- A pencil
- A spirit level
It’s also best to put floor covering down where you’re going to work to protect flooring.
Select a Spot
Once you’re organized, decide where you want to place your radiator. Be sure to select a space where the heating is likely to reach where it needs to. Also, check it won’t be where it can easily get bumped or knocked off the wall by people. Check that the radiator will be close enough to the existing pipework, so you can easily connect it up at the end.
Turn Off the Heating
When you’re happy with your spot, it’s time to turn off the heating, so you can get to work. This ensures you can work safely. Remember that if your system is gravity-fed, you’ll need to ensure it doesn’t fill up with water.
Take off the Packaging
Before you start putting up the radiator, you’ll need to take off all the new item’s packaging. Double-check you have everything you need.
Put on the Brackets
It helps to put the brackets onto the radiator, so you know where everything is fitted. This helps when you are measuring the levels later on.
Fit Radiator Valves
After the brackets, fit the valve spigots of the radiator closest to where your pipework is. Use some thread sealant to help the brackets fit well. You’ll also prevent leaks by using the sealant.
Make Sure Everything is Level
Use your measuring tape and spirit level to check for straightness, and mark the middle of where you want the radiator to sit. Next, measure how far apart the bracket holes are. Mark how far they are from the centerline with your pencil.
When you’re happy with the measurements and distances, it’s time to start drilling, so you can mount the brackets and thus the radiator to the wall. First, attach the uppermost brackets then use the plugs and screws that came with the radiator. Make sure the radiator fits snugly to the wall. When the top brackets are secure and level, it’s time to fit and secure the bottom bracket/s.
Connect the Valves and Pipes
If your measurements are correct, it won’t take long to connect up the radiator to your existing pipework. Be sure to tighten and fit all the valves and piping securely to prevent leaks.
Fill Up the System
It’s now time to fill up the heating system and turn it back on. Take the time to check there are no leaks and that everything is working correctly. Tighten any fittings if you notice any water drips.
Some Final Thoughts
After all your hard work, you can now celebrate your mad DIY skills and show off your designer radiator! Be sure to follow the instructions regarding the new system’s care and maintenance so that you can be sure it will last.