DIY Troubleshooting

  1. How to fix common radiator problems

    How to fix common radiator problems

    As the cold weather & darker nights draw in, make sure your radiators are fully functional by overcoming these common issues.

  2. VIDEO - Learn how to remove a radiator without draining it

    VIDEO - Learn how to remove a radiator without draining it

    Jimmy the plumber is back showing you how to remove a rad without the bother of draining your heating system.

  3. The best radiator position in a room

    The best radiator position in a room
    If you are in the process of installing new radiators in your home, then you might be wondering where the best position is to maximise heat efficiency. The process of choosing where to put a new radiator can often be decided by the previous owners. The pipework is probably already in place and you may wish to swap radiators like-for-like...
  4. How To Use PTFE Tape

    How To Use PTFE Tape

    PTFE tape is a must for any DIY plumbing kit, but what does it do and how do you use it? We explain all...

  5. How to refill a central heating system efficiently

    How to refill a central heating system efficiently
    If you're treating corrosion or replacing or moving a radiator, then a very useful skill is to know how to drain and refill your central heating system. Drain out the water The first thing to do is to drain all the water out of your system. In order to do this, you'll need to switch off your central heating system...
  6. How to remove rust from chrome radiators

    How to remove rust from chrome radiators
    Many radiators and heated towel rails are manufactured using mild steel. In order to provide a shiny and protective finish, a chrome plating is added over the top, which usually makes the rad or rail look more stylish. However, over time, whether it's through leaks, condensation or lack of maintenance, rust can form on the surface of the chrome. This...
  7. How often should you get a new boiler?

    How often should you get a new boiler?
    Whatever type of property you live in, and no matter how big or small it is, one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home is your boiler. If you have a conventional central heating system at home, then your boiler is vital in providing you with hot water for heating your home and showering. However, if your...
  8. Can you paint a radiator?

    Can you paint a radiator?
    It's very possible that you have some old white convector radiators in your home that require painting. They might have become yellow with age or may have been chipped and are revealing the bare metal underneath. Whatever the reason, it is certainly possible to paint an old radiator as long as you stick to a few basic rules that this...
  9. What can cause a radiator to leak?

    What can cause a radiator to leak?
    Water can cause a lot of damage if it's left to its own devices in the wrong places. So, if you discover that one of your radiators is leaking water, it's important to dry the damp patch quickly and to establish where the leak is coming from. In this article we'll look at the most common reasons why your radiator...
  10. Spring Cleaning: Tips for Cleaning Your Radiators

    Spring Cleaning: Tips for Cleaning Your Radiators
    As winter moves into spring and the evenings get increasingly lighter, it's a time that we all start to think about having hardcore cleaning session. Throughout the winter, our central heating systems are operating at full capacity due to the cold external temperatures. This often attracts dust and dirt to our radiators, so by the time spring has sprung, our...

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