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cant undo lockshield valve nut

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Estrella, 22 Feb 2008.

  1. Estrella

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    As above really. I am removing a rad , following the instructions found on this site. However , even though i have successfully drained the rad , I cant remove the lockshield nut to enable removal of the rad. It is twisting the copper pipe (return pipe?) that is attached to it and obviously i am worried it will fracture and flood my kitchen :(

    Any ideas please?

    btw , the rad will be replaced , so killing it isn't an issue
     
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    [​IMG]

    Do you mean that nut? :confused: :confused:
     
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    thats exactly it !

    great pic , cheers
     
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    grip it on the side with a pair of stilsons stop it twisting
     
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    Maybe I should have mentioned that.

    I have tried to secure it with a large pair of mole grips , but the force required to turn it is greater than I can hold the thing still. I'm a big lad , so its not as if i aint giving it enough waft!
     
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    can you not just saw it off with a junior hack saw?

    David
     
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    Ive never had to actually do it on rad valves but if you apply HEAT i.e from a blow lamp then it should come undone pretty easy.

    Also get a couple of decent pairs of pump pliers. mole grips are wack!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Are you trying to undo the nut in the correct direction? With the spanner vertical above the nut, you pull away from the wall. However, if you start with the spanner horizontal and press down it puts less strain on the vertical pipe.

    A very sharp tap with a hammer, on the other end of the spanner, will usually loosen a reluctant nut.
     
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    Many thanks fella's. Managed to sort it with an extra pair of hands on the mole grips :D
     
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    long-handled stilsons or large adjustable spanner, gripping the valve body, should hold it

    moles are too short to have much leverage.
     
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    There is a tool specifically designed to enable you to apply a counter rotational force to the radiator valve body when you try to, undo/do up, the nut.

    It is about eight inches long and has slots at right angles to the length, one slot at either end.
    One slot is larger the other other.
    I am sure some one will post up a picture of the said item.

    Tim
     
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    Interesting take on the laws of physics. Nonsense, in fact.

    ...or fracture a thin pipe wall.
     
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    Tim, you're a lazy git! :LOL: :D :LOL:
    [​IMG]
     
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