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How to remove sides and top of radiator


 
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jaba

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:02 pm Reply with quote

I have a small double radiator with metal cover top and both sides.
I'm having trouble removing the cover.
It has 4 plastic inserts, one on each corner on the sides.
These rotate and have a section cut out!
The radiator cover also has a section cut out at the bottom both sides but the top(s) do not.

How should these covers be removed?

Should the plastic inserts be rotated and if so to what position?

I've found a little rust so need to gain access to see how bad it is and either rub down and make good or replace if I really need to.
I'm worried about causing damage to the rad as this stupid cover just doesn't want to move.

Only post I've found is this one but it can't be correct to force the plastic clips inside the cover, they will crack for sure and then the cover will not sit correctly!

Thanx for any info on this...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:53 pm Reply with quote

they are normaly just a tight clip fit
if you have painted them though they will be glued on with paint lol icon_biggrin.gif

just start at the bottom hook behind the edge and pull but iff its painted on it may get dammaged trying to remove it
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:55 pm Reply with quote

Yep, it's a bit of jiggery pokery to pull these off. Getting them back on is sometimes even more entertaining icon_wink.gif icon_confused.gif
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:49 pm Reply with quote

bang 1 side upwards with the palm of your hand
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 5:54 pm Reply with quote

BingoBongo wrote:
bang 1 side upwards with the palm of your hand
Remember to have plenty of plasters around while you do this icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
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jaba

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:48 am Reply with quote

Thanx for the replies guys.
I didn't see your replies but managed in the end. One insert on one side was turned so that wasn't helping as the open end needs to be bottom centre.
No way would they move by hand to start with so I used a wide end screwdriver bottom and top and levered each side up gently as far as they would go!
They then wouldn't come out as the sides don't come up enough or clear the bolts! So managed to get the top cover off with some twisting.
Then used small screwdriver at one side of plastic insert and it came away harahhhh... icon_biggrin.gif
Side panels just drop away easy at this point.
Funny design as you would think they would have made the sides to simply clear the bolts and they would simply slide all the way off, another 3mm would do it I think icon_rolleyes.gif

Now all rubbed down, cleaned and ready for painting so I'm sure I'll have fun putting em back.
Thanx again for the replies.
It's not rocket science but I felt good getting em off lol icon_eek.gif
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LinMount

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:55 pm Reply with quote

Did you ever get the top and sides back on successfully? I'm just about to try any tips gratefully received icon_biggrin.gif
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jaba

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:16 am Reply with quote

LinMount wrote:
Did you ever get the top and sides back on successfully? I'm just about to try any tips gratefully received icon_biggrin.gif

Yes I did get top and sides back on but it was long while ago so I couldn't tell you how exactly. But it was harder removing them so refitting shouldn't be too bad.
Some rads look the same but are different. Sides can be flush with bolt so making it a lot easier. The cutouts can be bigger so the sides will slide all the way up like the one in the attached foto! Cutout on mine are much smaller!

I think I used a small amount of grease to help refit the plastic bits!
Wear gloves when doing this, twist the ends but not too much! Make sure plastic inserts are correctly rotated open end down I think to allow the end to slide up!
Use wide end screwdrivers and one small end to remove the plastic ends if you need to and also to get the ends moving up (take care you don't damage anything) If you have large cutouts in the side panels you might not have to do this at all!!
Hope that helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:47 am Reply with quote

How to remove side panels..

Remove packaging from radiator , lift radiator from floor and you will be left with both side panels in your hands whilst the radiator crashes to floor. icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:52 am Reply with quote

gaswizzard wrote:
How to get side panels off...

Remove packaging from radiator , lift radiator from floor and you will be left with both side panels in your handd whilst the radiator falls to floor. icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif


Watch your feet cause the bottoms of them rads don't arf hurt across your toes. icon_biggrin.gif
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:58 am Reply with quote

Aint that so , OUCH! icon_mrgreen.gif
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LinMount

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:43 pm Reply with quote

That's so mean - here I am an inexperienced female who cannot afford the services of tradesmen but still need to maintain my house and you give me unhelpful comments like that.........was slightly amused though! icon_lol.gif

I haven't even managed to get the sides and top off yet but am hoping your previous instructions will help!
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