Heating question

20 Jan 2003
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United Kingdom
Does anyone have any experience with installing a heating system under the floorboards? Is it expensive and difficult to lift up the floorboards to a original Victorian house?

My wife and I are moving into a fixer upper next month, and one of the things that needs doing is the central heating. However I do not have any experience with this type of thing let alone lifting the original floorboards in this manner.

thanks in advance!

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If you have a crawl space under the floor then there is no problem, but if you have to lift the floorboards the you will need a good 'feather splitter'. this is a flat headed chisel very similar to a 'brickies bolster' but narrower.

With this you have to split the feather (tongue & groove) between the floorboards all the way along both sides then carefully lever the boards up trying not to split them.

Drill suitable holes in the joists for whatever size of pipes you are using

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