i am well aware which tank is which in my loft - the small high one is the radiator tank and the larger one the hot water tank. both are filled to the correct level and both re-fill when water is drawn off. if you think it might help i could drain the radiator system and flush each rad valve through with clean water and re-assemble...?
my work partner's father was a gas man - we are able (and have) performed a drop test once i had re-assembled the boiler. i may not be qualified but i am aware of the implications of my actions.[/quote]
So ypu are saying that when you draw water via a hot water outlet, BOTH tanks lose water?
If your FIL is an ex gasman, he should be able to identify the problem.