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this Plumberparts.co.uk video. My name's James and today
we're here to have a very quick look through the little
checklist that you should do when you turn on your heating
system for the first time after a balmy British
summer of rain and sort of twenty degrees, you know
when it's just not very nice. The temperature outside at
the moment has dropped down like below zero degrees or
whatever and it is getting cold. So, people are thinking about turning on their heating systems. If you're hard, and you
haven't turned it on yet, and you just put another jumper on. If you're like me, you're
thinking about wacking on your heating now And this is basically a
brief checklist of the things you should do.

Anyway, I'm going to divide
the checklist into two things. Firstly, just the really simple stuff. Any kind of house I know
what DIY can do with really simple tools. And then the slightly more advanced bit. Don't get me wrong, it's
not really, really difficult but you sort of need
slightly a bit more knowledge or, you know, cojones
to have a look at the certain things we're going to do. So, firstly, let me just go
over the really really basic start bits. I hope you enjoy the video. And I hope you subscribe. And I hope that you hold tight. So, number one on your
list of things to do is to get yourself a little
radiator bleeding key like the one I've got here. There are a few different types. And just go around each one
of your radiators in the house and bleed the air out of
the top of the radiator. You're probably going to
find there's not a lot of air or there's none at all.

I mean, that's brilliant. It means the heating
system's been well-inhibited, which is a treatment you
put in the water to stop air happening. If you do have loads of air, might be a good idea to
give your plumber a quick call once you've got
all the heating working. And just say, mate, can you
pop around and wack some inhibitor in the heating system. Or, you can click on the link
that's appearing now that will show you how to put inhibitor
in your heating system. We've also left a link to
that in the description below. So the usual way to bleed
a radiator is to make sure that both valves at each end
of the radiator are fully open. And then, grab your radiator
bleed key and just open that. Open the key up. You'll see which end it is
on the nice cross end here. Just open that up like that. And as you can see, we've
got water coming out here straightaway. Once you've bled any
air out of the radiator, the next thing you're going
to need to do is get a pair of grips.

Remove the radiator
TRV, if you've got one. And then use the grips to
wiggle the pin underneath the TRV and make sure that that's free. Once you've done that, go
to the lock shield end, which is the other end of
the TRV on the radiator. Completely close the lock
shield by turning it clockwise. And then give it half a turn
to three quarters of a turn anti-clockwise, and
that radiator is set up and ready to use. Do that to every radiator
in the house and then we can move on to the next
(mumbles) we need to do before turning your heating system on. So once you've got that
done, obviously, you know if you're letting water
out of the radiators, if you haven't got an F
and E tank in the loft, which will automatically
refill the heating system, then, you're going to need
to use the fitting lube on the boiler or on the
pressurized kit to just top up the water level in the heating system.

If you're not happy doing
this bit, then get a plumber in for you. I mean, it is really, really
easy and I've left a link in the video description below as well as how to pressurize
a heating system as well, we're using that method. So, the next thing you'll
do is go to your room thermostat. If you've got one like
this, make sure it clicks (clicking sound) Yeah, clicky click click.

So make sure that that's working. And then really we're at
the end of the beginner's department, okay. You've gone around every radiator. You've effectively done
a thing called balance the system, whereby you've shut down
the lock shields and just cracked them open a little bit. What that does is evenly
distribute flow throughout the whole heating system, so all
the radiators get nicely warm. We've made sure that the
TRVs aren't stuck shut because sometimes they can
be shut for the hold of the summer, and then not spring on again.

And also, we've made sure
that there's no air in the heating system. The next few things I'm
going to show you are very very simple. Before you turn the heating system on, it's very important that, number one, you know that
the pump has got water in it. If you can get to it. And also that the pump empeller
inside is nice and free. And then secondly, if
you've got any zone valves, either two port or three port
valves, just use the lever arm on them to make sure that
the valve body is completely free. I'll show you how to do
those bits right now. Alright, so I just so happens
I've got a nice little pump like this just hanging about.

I've taken it out of an hold house. A real old Grundfos, this one is here. But most of the pumps are the same. A lot of the time now the pumps
are self (mumbles) and you won't have a knot on
the end of it like this. But, if you've got a knot on the end of it like this one here, it
can't hurt just to whip this knot off using a large slotted
screwdriver like the one we've got here. You're going to get a little
bit of water come out of here, so you might need a
little towel or something like that. And then inside you've
got the actual end of the impeller. We pop our screwdriver in
there and as you can see we can wiggle around the
impeller on the inside. So now we know that the
pump's going to be free and it isn't going to seize
up and burn the pump out when we turn the power on. What we do, once we've done
that, is is just pop our little nipple back on
here and tighten that up.

So the next and slightly
more advanced thing is where after we looked at
the pump is to make sure all the two port and three port valves are motoring okay. Really really simple to do. You can either grab the lever on the end. Most different manufacturers
of two port and three port valve have a motor
on the end as well, so you can have a look at that. And if you really, really
want to go into it, you can unscrew the little screw at the end. Make sure the power's off of course.

Which it should be because we haven't turned the heating system on yet. And you've got a little screw in here that undoes just like so. And you've got a little
screw on the other side here that undoes. Then, you'll be able to pull off the head without having to drain anything down. You can only do that, especially with these Honeywells, with a head that's got a dimple on it. But every other top manufacturer, Drayton, Morrison, Danfoss, there's loads of them. All of their heads can come
off pretty much without having to drain anything down. And then, you've got the
actual valve body here, just make sure that that's
nice and free and easy to move as well. And there we go. That's lovely there. And we know that's working okay. And we know that the
motor alright on here. Now once you've done all those checks, I always advise that
if you want to pop half a tub of inhibitor in the heating system, make sure that's topped
up, if you really want to go into things specially
you can drain the system out and flush it all
through and all that sort of thing.

But really, for most DIYs,
what we've just done there should be by far like what
you need to do to make sure the heating system's okay. Now, all you need to do is
turn your thermostat right up. Turn your programmer on
to "heating constant" , and obviously turn the hot
water on if that's on as well. And then, you should find
the valve opens, the pump cuts in and works okay, and
all the radiator's getting lovely and warm as well. So there we go. As if I was going to
finish off a video without giving Mr. G a nice big gut scrub.

I hope that video has given
you a better idea of the small little checks you can
run through to make sure the heating system's going to be okay. And make sure that it's
going to work alright. Obviously, if you've
got any problems or you need any more information,
then contact us on the comments section below this video. Please share this video
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us at our Facebook Page. I'm leaving a link to that right now. And also there's a link
to it in the description of the video below. So, if you go through a quick
run of what we've done there, We've made sure that all
the radiators are working and that they're balanced out. We've made sure there's
no air in the system, and if there is, we've
topped the water up, and also we've put a
little bit of inhibitor in as well if we needed to. We've made sure that our
pump is not seized up, and that it nicely runs and wheels around.

And we've also made sure that
the two port or three port valves that we were looking at, all the motors work okay, and the valve bodies are free and clear and ready to use. Obviously if you do find that you've got any problems, then call
a qualified plumber in to come and sort it out for you. Don't try and do anything
more than that if you're not happy doing it.

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Honest reviews and advice Boom, Selector and all that welcoming to the days, video, Alright, anyway, what we’re going to do is show you how to fit and hang this column radiator that we’ve got here. Column, radiators are usually heavy they’re lovely to look at Their convection is not poor, really, but they’re. Much more of a modern aesthetic thing to have in your house. That doesn’t mean I like to install them Now, there’s a couple of complicating factors with this job here. Firstly, the customer actually wants this roughly here. Okay, I can use this pipe here for my new TRV on this, but the other part that’s at that end is miles away, so we’re going to have to pull these floorboards up and hopefully we’ll be able to run our pipe up to the new position. So it comes up nice and neat. The other complicating factor is the walls.

The walls here are like my friend’s dog shit, They’re soft they stink and they don’t taste very nice So anyway. The first thing I want to do is take this floorboard up and take the old radiator out of the way I’ve already shut the system down. I’M not an idiot and I’m assuming if you know how to hang or you want to know how to hang one of these. You know you have to drain the heating system down.

It’s very similar to how to hang a bathroom towel rail. There will be a link to that video at the end of this one, And also we’ll put a link on how to drain down a pressurised system. Let going to be bloody mental. Isn’t it, I’ve got our main flow return. Just here. We’ve got our feed into the radiator here and another one there And now we’ve drained down. I can probably cut this roughly back here and we can drill a new hole for a new pipe to come up.

But I’m only going to do that when I’ve hung the new radiator and I know exactly where I want it to go So the next thing I’m going to do is just rip this radiator off – Oh my God. Oh, the wheels on the bus go round and round Round and round round and round The wheels on the bus go round and round All day long.

Now, we’ve disconnected each end. I’ve also put a bit of toilet rodding in each of the holes to stop any black water getting out. We should be able to just lift this off, Oh lovely and out of the way Now all we need to do is remove our old radiator piece, So we’re going to put a new TRV and set our valves on here. You have to spigots like this. That will be what you put into the radiator, Always use Loctite on these and on most threads It’s better than PTFE. Now you put your thumb on here and hold it like that and get your first reel or two just around the front, and then you go up and then you cross cross wiggle it around a bit cross, keep wiggling it and always just crossing and crossing. That’s what locks it in it’s supposed to be a hemp and paste premix. Really, I suppose that’s the best way of describing it

And then just cut your last little bit off with the little cutter Do this to both spigots and then you can wind both of those into the radiator. And then we can look at actually what position we’re going to be. Putting the radiator in going to wind out the old plug here, and then we got this our new spigot to go in here, Get ourselves an adjustable and just knit that Right. So now we’re going to look at the difficult part of this job. Basically, these radiators hang on brackets that sit on the wall. Just like this okay, They’re, very, very simple, brackets a couple of holes in each This particular company have lovingly sent us some brackets already. These are expanding plugs Because these radiators are heavy. You need to make sure you get decent Anchorage here, Especially with one this size. What I’ll, firstly, do is I’ll get my two bottom brackets and I’ll pop ’em here, like that.

Then I’ll know how far apart they’re going to be, And that is 21.5. So I get my pencil out about to give this girl a shout Bracket. Width equals 21.5 For the next bit. You don’t actually have to have the brackets in Cause. We know the centers of the brackets are going to, be the same as the centres for these pipes here, Grab your tape and put down the centre of that pipe there. Sometimes you need a little bit of help. Someone to give you a hand. A helpin’ hand Run it down to the centre of this pipe here. That is 143.2, So now we’ve got height, equals 143.2. Now much in the same way to the towel rail, video and this one you need to decide actually where you want to hang your radiator. Now because we already know our width of the bracket, we can define the centre of the radiator on the wall, divide that by two and measure out from that, and then we know where the widths of our brackets are going to be

When it comes to the height of the radiator, I always start from the bottom. For example, I want my radiator to be 20 centimeters off the floor. You know that your bracket is going to be roughly about a centimetre and a half above the bottom of the radiator. So you measure up 21.5 centimetres Because we’ve already got a pipe here that we’re going to be going on we’ve kind of defined as to where we’re going to put the radiator on with that. So what I now need to do is I need to get my new radiator in line with that pipe down there. So I’m going to mark up where my radiator valve is By that I mean just pop in that in the side of the radiator, then I know how far the width of that has to be away from that first bracket. Let’s do that now. I know that my radiator valve is going to end there, so I also know that the centre of my bracket is here.

So if I measure over from the centre of the pipe to the centre of my bracket, I get a measurement of 11.2, Here’s the pipe I need to go on. I need my centre to be on there, so I pop that on there I measure over 11.2 and Bob’s your uncle. So what I do I just get my spirit level until my bubble is okay, A small line just on there. So now we know where our bracket’s going to be The height I’m going to define we’re going to go at about 28 Grab my spirit level to a nice horizontal line on there. So now we know where our first bracket’s going to be Now. We measure up from here 143.2 all the way to make our mark there to make sure that my spirit level’s in line so they’re not out like that. Then what we need to do is measure across from here 21.5. Centimetres Make sure that they’re both level as well and then check all your levels when you’re finished (jet aeroplane, whistles) Right. What you do is just make one little dot: Tiny ass dot. So no one will notice

If you go slightly wrong, no one can see it Then pull out my spirit, level, tiny dot, just a tiny dot and maybe one below it, And I can see the dot we did a minute ago. That means you put a dash here So now we know that is in line with that one there And we’ll make sure the mark we made earlier on is okay Get that level Now we know that’s where we can put our second bracket Now we measure across From our line here, 21.5, So simple, We do the same at the bottom cause we’re crossing the bottom at 21.5 as well.

Right, so we got our spirit level, that’s set to the right height here and just over the mark. We’ve just made draw a mark there Then the top the same A little mark there And then, if you just want to make sure you’ve got your marks right. Just check it all out with the spirit level There we go, we’ve got our four marks Now I understand what we’ve just been over is long, arduous and pretty boring, but it’s important that you check your measurements, Make sure you’ve got a good spirit level. The one I’ve got is a Stabila, It’s the best And then you’ve just got to make sure that you’ve done everything correct and right Now. The way I’ve shown you just now is slightly strange because we were going off that earlier pipe, But most of you guys are going to, have a centre line. Okay, and you won’t have your pipes there. So what you do, then, is you measure your centre line? Get a horizontal across the bottom measure out to your two bottom brackets, then follow your centre line up and then measure out to your two top brackets, using that centre line.

That’s how you usually do it, But because we’ve got this pipe here, it’s slightly more complicated! So now I’m going to show you how you actually mark up each one of these brackets and then we’re going to drill the wall, and hopefully this wall isn’t going to fall to bits because, as I told you, it’s an absolute mess So we’ll go from here And see how we get on Bob, I pop that on the cross On this round there, one right down there and I’ll do that to the next one just across here And then do that to the two bottom ones Right spot your holes get your drill. This is such a horrible wall. It’s going to go easy here: (motor revs), Just going to pop my hand on here Now I’ll know whether I’ve gone deep enough for my plug. I need to go a tiny bit more

(motor revs), That’s as far as I dare go. So what I’m going to use is the adjustable hole here, just in case I’m just going to run this up tight (motor revs). Ah, that’s great! That is great Not going anywhere Right. So We’ve got ’em all in They’re all level I’ve checked all my widths and everything They all look fine. So it’s now time to hang our radiator up, Put those two to the bottom. There Slide in at the top Pop there we go Well, that looks lovely Check. Our levels – Oh yeah, Oh my God, Yep – that is an absolute beauty. So there we go. Its all done now. It’s hanging on the wall beautifully It’s exactly where he wanted it, and it’s nice and level. I’M going to pipe it up now and I’m going to film that and you can watch that in a second time lapse. Okay,

But very quickly, there’s a cat out there eating and I want to film it eating close up Cause. I’M weird like that. Lets do that now Come on eat your dinner Right. So, there we go Piped up. I’M going to fill it up now. There’s not going to be any leaks cause. I’M amazing, I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s video. I’ve you’ve got anymore questions or you see. We’ve done something wrong or something like that. Let us know in the comments You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook, as you know So remember. If you’ve got any questions, ask us and we will hopefully answer them in Ask a Plumber for you. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s video. I hope you’re going to come back and watch some more

I hope you like column radiators and you think they’re amazing, And I hope that you have a lovely weekend if it is the weekend when we actually do this. So whatever weekend comes up after this, I hope you have a lovely one Yeah. I hope it doesn’t rain. I fear the latter. People Hold tight, , Honest reviews and advice..

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