Changing radiator to towel radiator query

3 Mar 2014
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Hi I have probably a stupid question

I want to change a radiator in bathroom to a towel radiator.

The radiator itself is currently 600mm wide. But where the pipes come through floor to the valves are 670mm apart.

Is it a 600 wide towel radiator I need and some valves? Is it easy to fit a thermostat valve also?
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Something similar has just been discussed. You can read the thread here. Then if you still have any questions afterwards, post back.
1. Radiators usually have the pipes at either side going in horizontally, whereas most towel rails have them going in vertically.
2. If the distance between pipes is 670 mm (measured inside to inside), then the pipe centres are 670 + "x" where x is the pipe diameter. This if the pipe diameter is 15 mm, the pipe centres are 685.
3. If you are looking for a towel rail with pipes going in vertically you need the towel rail pipe centres to be the same as your existing pipe centres.
4. You are unlikely to find an exact match for pipe centres, so will need some pipework alterations.
5. It is also likely that the distance from the rail's pipe centres to the wall will be different from those of your existing radiator, so additional pipework changes are likely to be needed.
6. If the floor is removable, changes can be accommodated under the floor, in which case you can have pretty much any towel rail you want.
7. If the floor is fixed (e.g. laminate, tiles) any changes would have to be made above the floor.
Thanks for your reponce

Could a set up like this not be achieved?

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The idea with the "Dual Fuel" elbow is that the pipework is connected as shown in your picture and an electric heating element is inserted vertically at the bottom. Like this:

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So, what you propose would work, provided that the bottom of the elbow has a blank for the outlet where the element would be inserted.

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