TOWEL RAD INSTALL


Postby boffin » Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:21 pm

IS THERE ANY REASON, WHY I CANNOT CONNECT MY NEW TOWEL RAD TO MY EXSISTING RAD VALVES, AND THEREFORE ELIMINATE HAVING TO DRAIN THE SYSTEM?
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Postby htg engineer » Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:44 pm

No reason at all, if it can be done it'll be easy.

Normally towel rails aren't as wide as the radiators they're replacing and some towel rails are bottom entry. To minimise the amount of pipework on show, then the system would probably have to be drained.
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Postby boffin » Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:11 pm

thanks for the reply

the towel rail is bottom feed and return, so i will need to convert it to the side. i was thinking an electric element t-connector and plug the bottom, or maybe an elbow? the towel rail is slightly smaller than the rad i'm replaceing, but the pipe work is micro-bore, so think i can make it fit.

any ideas?
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Postby htg engineer » Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:12 pm

You'll be able to make it fit, with pipe, connectors etc etc... If you don't mind having all this on show then it'll be fine.

Like I say it's normally only for aesthetic purposes that people re-pipe the towel rails, so that it looks good - it'll work the same.
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Postby Gareth Thomas » Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:24 am

You can buy TRV's for micro-bore from any good plumbers merchants. If you intend changing the valves, then yes you will have to drain the system. Would be worth re-doing the pipework at this stage. You could only really get away without draining the system if your Towel rad were exactly the same size as replacement boiler, and have compatible valves. If you want to save some time whendraining down, lock off all the other radiators and drain the system from the system drain plug.
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