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Flooring damage new radiators.

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Enigma417, 1 Jan 2021.

  1. Enigma417

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    Evening,

    We have just had new radiators installed / moved, to me the plumber has made a mess of the floorboards needlessly. This was apparently to allow movement to connect the pipes to the valves. Is this correct or am i right to be annoyed?. The upshot is with an uninsulated suspended floor it is allowing more drafts into the house.
     

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    The plumber is right, though to be honest he could have done a neater job, but plumbers aren't carpenters.

    If it's a problem I would advise purchasing a couple of lengths of floor boards and cutting them to suit neatly, it can be done with a bit of time and care
     
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    Will your floor covering not solve the issue ?
     
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    Are you having carpet?

    Andy
     
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    Get some 2-part epoxy type wood filler and fill in the bulk of the holes, leaving a slight gap around the pipes to allow for movement. you may have to apply the filler in stages as trying to plug a large hole in one go will probably result in the filler falling through. If you enter some fine (say 3.5mm) wood-screws into the cut edges of the floor boards the body of them will act as reinforcement for the initial batch of filler to grip onto.
     
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    How did you expect him to connect the pipes to the radiators without cutting the floor?
     
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    They look like the original pipes and they haven't moved that much or been disconnected? If that's the case then the only way to move them and then get the floor boards to fit is to put a notch in the board. The notches could have then been cut and then glued back in I guess but that's a farf especially as most then have a floor covering on top.

    If the floorboards were to be left bare then it should have been made clear to the fitter.

    The only way to fit pipes through a 16mm hole so the board is tight to the pipe is to cut and refit the pipework where it bends under the floor and rises up to the rad valves. That needs the system to be drained and then fit the pipe down from above through the hole and then solder it underneath, compression or push fit elbows could be used but aren't ideal in an unaccessible place in case of leaks.
     
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    Thanks all. We are fitting carpet and underlay, i had no issue in cutting the floor to run pipework, just that it seems a mess. The whole system had been drained. The original radiators look to have had the foorboards cut through with spade bit so it was neat?
     
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    This method works to prevent the filler dropping through the hole.

    filling hole in board.jpg
     
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    Plumber has been a bit cack-handed but not a hanging job. Stuff the gaps with rockwool, yr underlay and carpet will hide the rest.
     
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    Yes, probably when the central heating system was installed. Much easier to lift the boards, drill with a spade bit and then feed to the pipe down through the hole, connect to the coupler and then solder. Much harder to do with existing wet pipework, much harder (nigh on impossible) to solder a wet pipe.

    It is much easier and quicker just to notch the board, especially if it's known that underlay and carpet will be on top to stop any draughts.
     
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    Expanding foam then trim it back, fit carpet job done
     
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    I'd have a go at the painter of the pipes before I have a go at the plumber..... At least his pipes are straight.....
    Then maybe pour a beer and watch the news
     
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    PI-FI (pipeless heating) is still in Beta testing and is not due for release until the same year the government announces gas fired appliances are no longer necessary!
     
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    You can't make a cake with our breaking eggs. If you think that's bad you haven't lived. Your floor covering will stop draughts.

    You can't take floorboards up in a house without cutting off the tongues and what happens when you put the floorboards back ? There's a gap.
    Your not employed as a practical man as your plainly clueless. Any floor covering will stop draughts just like our clothes stop wind unless you intend to have just floorboards fir your floor. Others are too polite your point is ridiculous.

    For heavens sake don't take a floorboard up and look underneath you'll die of shock.
     
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