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How To Hang a Radiator

There is nothing more satisfying than looking at the finished product of a DIY piece that you have spent all Saturday afternoon perfecting. Whether it be putting up a set of shelves, hanging a radiator or even fitting a brand new shower enclosure.

Decorating a house or single room can be a rather long affair, but a rewarding one nonetheless. Preparation and due care are the fundamental points when it comes to achieving your ideal end product. Many different components must be meticulously planned out. Where attention to detail and order must take precedence.

It is usually the final step when decorating your home, hanging the new radiators, an important component to any room. The very source of your warmth and comfort. Radiators nowadays come in many different varieties, though the technique of hanging them generally remains the same.

Radiators are typically mounted on brackets and then secured to the wall. By not attaching the radiator directly to the wall heat can circulate around the radiator, this in turn allowing your room to heat up much quicker.

Here is an easy step-by-step guide to aid you in the hanging of your new radiator:

  1. Position the radiator against the wall at your desired location.
  2. Once you are happy with the radiator’s location, draw a line on the wall with a pencil at the top and sides of the radiator.
  3. Attach your brackets to the back of your radiator.
  4. Measure the distance between the top and side of the radiator where the screw holes are situated.
  5. It is now time to drill holes into the points you situated to attach the bracket.
  6. After you have made the holes, you should now be able screw in the brackets in order to hang the radiator.
  7. Now it is time to finally hang that lovely new radiator, most radiators will slot into their brackets very easily at a 45-degree angle. Push the radiator into the bracket until it locks into place.

By following these easy to follow steps, you should have your great new radiator hung up on your wall in no time.

How to Bleed a Radiator

If you are experiencing problems with your radiator - such as, it feeling warm at the bottom but cold at the top, then it is likely that the problem is being caused by air being trapped in your radiator or central heating system. This is a problem that you can fix yourself, simply by bleeding your radiator.

Bleeding a radiator is a rather simple, effective and safe process that  will once again lead to your home being lovely and warm. Essentially, bleeding a radiator involves opening a small valve on the radiator to release any air that is trapped in the system. Here is a guide to aid you with the bleeding of your radiator.

To locate which radiator needs to be bled, then simply turn your central heating and every radiator on, and then determine which one or possibly two are heating the most inefficiently. Once you have located the culprit radiator then you can begin the process of bleeding the radiator.

The initial step in the process of bleeding your radiator is to switch of the central heating at the mains, it is imperative that you do so as this will stop any further air entering the system while you actually bleed the radiator.

After you have turned off the central heating then it is time to find the radiator's bleed valve, this is generally located at one end of the radiator at the top.

When originally getting your radiators, they should have come with a bleed key. If not, then not to worry as these can be purchased at most DIY suppliers. It is advisable to have a bowl and cloth to aid you in catching any excess water.

To bleed the radiator insert the key into the valve and turn it anti-clockwise, usually it only needs half a turn. Once you have done this the air trapped inside will escape out accompanied with a hissing sound.

When water begins to dribble from the valve it is an indicator that you have cleared the radiator of its trapped air. Use the bowl to catch any excess water and then tighten the valve back up again to its original state. Use the cloth to further clear up any water that did escape in the process. Be careful though, as the water may still be very hot.

Once you have followed these easy to follow steps then it is time to put the central heating back on, check the radiator after a few hours of the heating being on to see if you were successful in your attempts at bleeding your radiator. If so then the radiator should be evenly distributing heat and the valve will not be leaking in any manner.