It can be quite a daunting task to work out how to move a radiator from one part of the room to another. In this video, Jimmy the plumber moves a white convector radiator from a rather awkward place to a more conventional position of centred under a window. Jimmy shows you how to work out where to put the rad, how to decide where the pipes need to be placed and also, how to prise up floorboards without damaging them.
Getting placement of the pipes correct is an absolutely vital part of this process and Jimmy explains that it can be quite easy to locate the underfloor joists by locating the rows of nails that fix the floorboards to the joists. Jimmy cuts the floorboards as closely to the nails as possible and when he lifts up the boards, we see that he has cut them in exactly the right place as they can be fixed back onto the joist once they are laid back down again. As the home owners has specifically said they wanted to keep the floorboards on display, Jimmy provides a masterclass in how to remove floorboards without damaging them!
Jimmy also explains how measuring the radiator and marking out where the rad and pipes will go on the floor and wall is an excellent way to see exactly where the rad will go. In this particular instance, this is very worthwhile because the radiator needs to be installed just above a plug socket. Although Jimmy would not ordinarily recommend installing a rad above a plug socket, the fact that he has already marked out his measurements means that this obstacle is not going to be a problem.
We then see Jimmy carefully lifting up the floorboards to reveal what's underneath. Again, a bit of planning is important as we see Jimmy marking out the holes in which he will feed through the pipework. He goes through the whole process of piping up a radiator and feeds the plastic piping through the floor and finally connecting it up to the vertical radiator pipes.
Careful planning is the name of the game here because it would be easy to start unnecessarily ripping up more pipes than you need to and also encountering various problems if you haven't made your measurements. Of course, after doing the work, you need to replace the floorboards carefully and also to tighten up the radiator valves and do any venting before filling up the system again
As Jimmy shows, this is a relatively easy job to do, which is good as it is also a very common task that needs to be done in the home. By following Jimmy's step by step instructions, this is a task that you should feel knowledgeable and confident enough to tackle on your own.
Article by Benjamin Clarke