Mon 23rd May 2016 - 8:35pm Radiators VIDEO - How to hang a radiator in a pub

    VIDEO - How to hang a radiator in a pub


    Benjamin Clarke

    In this video, we take a look over Jimmy the plumber's shoulder as he installs two radiators in a pub toilets - one in the gents and one in the ladies in the adjacent wall.

    The first priority for this task is to get the centre of the wall we’ll be placing the radiator on. This is easily done by dividing the wall in two.

    There is a very simple method to measuring up and installing any radiator. First we want to look at the brackets for the radiators which will sit nicely under the top. It’s good to know the distance up and down of where the brackets will go by measuring the centre of the radiator against the holes on the side and then marking it down on a bit of paper you have.

    By measuring the distance from the bottom we’ll need to place a bracket, we can then measure up the wall and know where the radiator will sit.

    Double measuring where our holes should go before any work is actually carried out, we need to get a spirit level and ensure everything will sit perfectly. You can see how to correctly calculate your distances for measuring out where brackets will go and know confidently that you’re hanging the radiator on a level line
    A very handy tip to know; when you’re doing your second measurement of the distances and lengths for the radiator and brackets, check the lengths against the radiator itself just to make sure you’ve got it exact.

    The holes are drilled for the sliding scale of the bracket first in each corner. This is done to make sure each hole is in the right place and we can secure them in place fully with a second hole and screw put in place later to affix the bracket in properly. The screws sent with the brackets of this radiator are high quality (or “an absolute beast” as Jimmy says)

    When you put your brackets on, get your spirit level and have a quick check it is perfectly balanced. Because we’ve put the bracket on the sliding scale, a few gentle taps will help get in it perfect.

    Using a universal radiator valve, Jimmy sets the radiator up for piping and places the bungs on the top of the radiator. You can leave the thermostatic valve in the box it comes in as this will be the last part of the installation and isn’t needed until then (you don’t want to damage the piece before this)

    Now that the radiator is hanging, Jimmy guides us through the process of where the pipes are and how we’re going to get this radiator (and the adjacent radiator in the ladies) piped up. It’s a little bit of a complicated job as it involves running pipes from the toilet, under the sink and through the wall to the other side.

     With some soldering action on the joints, the radiator is fully fitted, piped up and looking good. Jimmy applies some Brasso to give the pipes a great finish.

    You can view the classic column radiators shown in this video here >>

    Article by Benjamin Clarke


    • VIDEO - How to install a radiator in a tricky place 30th Mar 2016 

    • VIDEO - How to install a radiator in a conservatory 11th Feb 2016 

    • VIDEO - How to install a column radiator 7th Aug 2014 


    Tue 17th May 2016 - 5:09pm Press Trade Radiators certified as a 2016 Glasgow Living Wage Employer

    Trade Radiators certified as a 2016 Glasgow Living Wage Employer


    Benjamin Clarke

    Following on from being officially recognised as being a Glasgow Living Wage Employer in 2015, we are happy to report that Trade Radiators has again been certified for 2016.

    From the Glasgow Living Wage Website:

    "Living wage is a term used to describe the minimum hourly wage necessary for shelter (housing and incidentals such as clothing and other basic needs) and nutrition for a person for an extended period of time (lifetime).

    This standard generally means that a person working full-time, with no additional income, should be able to afford a specified quality or quantity of housing, food, utilities, transport, health care, and recreation."

    Glasgow City Council introduced the Living Wage in back in  2009 and it has definitely been responsible for increasing the salaries and quality of life for many people across Glasgow.

    We fully support the idea of higher living standards in Glasgow and are proud to be associated with this brilliant initiative.

     Our wonderful employees have long been paid over and above the Living Wage because we value our close-knit and hard working team and believe strongly that they should be rewarded for the excellent work that they do.

    Having a happy team has led to a great deal of benefits, such as higher quality staff, higher attendance, greater productivity levels, more motivation and loyalty.

    This also has a knock on effect on the business as customers receive much higher levels of service and are much happier as a result.

    Over 400 Glasgow Living Wage Employers are delighted to have a business in the city that is leading the way across Scotland and the UK in raising living standards and improving employment conditions.

    We fully support the Glasgow Living Wage Scheme and encourage other businesses in our great city to also get involved. Other cities in the UK are also running similar initiatives, so we encourage companies around the UK to get behind the idea and help to a great a better Britain.

    More information is available on the Glasgow Living Wage website.

    Article by Benjamin Clarke


    • Trade Radiators recognised as a Living Wage Employer 14th Apr 2015 

    • The history of Trade Radiators Ltd 9th Jul 2013 

    • A look inside the Trade Radiators office 28th Aug 2014 


    Wed 11th May 2016 - 4:09pm Radiators VIDEO - View Our Trade Direct Heated Towel Rail Range

    VIDEO - View Our Trade Direct Heated Towel Rail Range


    Benjamin Clarke

    We've just unleashed our brand new Trade Direct range of heated towel rails and Jimmy the Trade Radiators plumber runs through everything you need to know about them!

    As Jimmy explains, because of our unique relationships with the manufacturers, we are able to cut out the middlemen and buy straight from the factories, passing the savings onto you the customer.

    You'll see Jimmy looking at at two examples of the Trade Direct range and he'll discuss how versatile they are and how they can be incorporated into your heating system.

    You even get to see how well-packaged our heated towel rails are when they arrive with you, giving peace of mind that we treat our orders with care and not causing you any headaches due to damage in transit.

    It's important to note that our Trade Direct heated towel rails have horizontal bars that are 22mm wide. Most of our competitors stock towel rails that are only 19mm wide. Additionally, many competitors' rails don't have as many horizontal bars as our Trade Direct rails.

    In practical terms, this means that our rails with emit more BTU heat than our competitors rails, even though they are of similar design. This makes our Trade Direct Rails the more efficient option.

    Whatever size you're looking for, we have a huge variety to suit all types of spaces. These range from 400 - 1000mm wide and 600-1800mm high, so you will find what you need within our Trade Direct range

     All the towel rails in this range can be dual fuel with an electric element in the bottom of the radiator as well. The range is standard for a typical hot water system, with our pipe centres typically 50mm less than the radiator width. But be sure to check that before installing.

    The radiators can be heated up easily with an electric element, whether it's via a thermostatic valve or traditional one. Also, both can be controlled by remote timers as well.

    This means that your radiator can be a standalone radiator, so if you don’t want the system to be one, but would like the towel rail on in the summer, these are great with the addition of a little dual fuel manifold, which Jimmy shows how to install very easily. 


    Article by Benjamin Clarke


    • VIDEO - How to install a heated towel rail 1st Nov 2013 

    • VIDEO - How to bleed a heated towel rail 20th Feb 2014 

    • How to fill your Trade Direct Electric Heated Towel Rail 27th Jan 2016 


    Wed 4th May 2016 - 1:09pm DIY Troubleshooting VIDEO - How to bleed a radiator

    VIDEO - How to bleed a radiator


    Benjamin Clarke

    Once you know how to do it, bleeding a radiator is a very simple task. It's something that needs to be done when there is air trapped in your system and it's actually one of the most common radiator problems.

    Fortunately, it's also one of the easiest to sort out, as Jimmy the plumber explains in this video.

    A common sign that you have air trapped in your radiator is a rad that is hot at the bottom but cold at the top.

    There are several reasons for air getting trapped in your system, including not using a chemical inhibitor, your heat pump being set at too high a speed, or you may have had recent maintenance done on your system that has allowed air to get in.

    Jimmy goes through the process of switching off the heating system, opening both the valves at the bottom of the radiator, then opening the air bleed with a bleed kep or flathead screwdriver to let the air escape.

    As shown in the video, you'll hear the air esacping so you'll know that you're doing the right thing. Keep a cloth handy as there will be a bit of water that spurts out too!

    Once the air, and a little bit of water has come out, don't forget to close up the bottom valves again.

    By following Jimmy's instructions and what you can do to minimise the likelihood of this happening again, please follow his instructions carefully. If you are still experiencing problems after this, then it's probably best to call in a professional to take a look at your system.

    The radiator featured in this video is a Black Saturn Double 1800mm x 415mm Designer Radiator.

    Article by Benjamin Clarke


    • VIDEO - How to balance your heating system 15th Jan 2014 

    • VIDEO - Learn how to pipe a radiator 30th Jun 2015 

    • VIDEO - How to install a radiator in a tricky place 30th Mar 2016 


    Fri 29th Apr 2016 - 11:42am Energy and Heating VIDEO - 10 Easy Ways To Save Money On Heating

    VIDEO - 10 Easy Ways To Save Money On Heating


    Benjamin Clarke

    The amount it costs to comfortably heat our homes has long been a bone of contention among us, with many in fuel poverty and many older people afraid to turn on their heating in case they can't afford the resulting bills.

    Here we offer 10 small things you can do to make life a little bit easy and those heating bills a little more affordable.

    1. Turning your thermostat down by 1°C can save you as much a £55 per year.

    2. Keeping your radiator on a low heat when you're not using it can be more efficient than turning it off then turning back on when you need it.

    3. Shutting doors and windows properly, making sure they don't have gaps around them, using draught exluders and drawing curtains can all help stop heating being wasted.

    4. Get an eco-shower that uses much less hot water than a standard shower. Eco doesn't mean sacrificing power.

    5. Block up your chimney if you have one you are not using. An open chimney leads straight out to the outdoors and can be a huge cause of heat loss. If you don't make use of an open fire, then get someone in to block it up and keep that heat inside where it belongs.

    6. Use duel fuel radiators and towel rails. This means they can be run via the normal hot water central heating system, or they can run independently via the electrics without the need to use the rest of the central heating.

    7. Install a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves. Research shows that using these two heating controls can reduce your bills by as much as 40%.

    8. Insulate the attic door or hatch. Heat rises and a huge amount can disappear up into the attic and the out of the roof. Simply insulating the loft access (and the rest of the attic) can keep more heat in your house where you need it. It's estimated a well-insulated loft can save a 3 bedroom house up to £140 per year on heating bills.

    9. Similarly, cavity wall insulation is a great help in stopping heat escaping through walls. Research suggests a 3 bedroom house with cavity wall insulation can save up to £160 per year on heating bills. Many of the big energy providers offer free insulation so it's worth checking to see if you're eligible.

    10. Use a radiator shelf about the radiator as this will direct heat into the room. Likewise, where possible, try not to block radiators with furniture as heat will not be able to penetrate the rest of the room. If you have limited wall space, think about installing vertical radiators.

    Article by Benjamin Clarke


    • Are cast iron radiators as efficienct as modern radiators? 8th Jan 2015 

    • Why it's not worth sacrificing energy efficency for aesthetics 6th Aug 2015 

    • Why it's time to upgrade your radiators if they're over 15 years old 13th Aug 2015