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Leak in towel radiator pipe.

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Stringman_uk, 11 Apr 2021.

  1. Stringman_uk

    Stringman_uk

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    Hi all.
    I have a lovely towel radiator which has a pipe for towel hanging around the front.
    This was an ebay purchase and, after sanding painting and installing we realised it had a slight crack in said pipe.

    I repaired it with some metal epoxy putty. This has worked for about 2 years but has started to leak again.
    Any suggestions on how to repair this?
    Would solder work?

    Many thanks in advance
     
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    A photo of crack and pipe might help us to answer better.
     
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    Below is the pipe with the repair, which has lasted a couple of years.
    There is a small crack under the epoxy metal. I was hoping i could clean off the epoxy, solder the crack and then put on fresh epoxy.
    Sound viable?
     

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    A product like Fernox LSX might work.


    If the pipe is copper or brass it may be possible to clean an area to bare metal, tin it with normal flux and solder and then wipe plumbers metal onto the tinned area.
     
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    Bin it...the pipe has pin holed from internal corrosion and there's no guarantee it won't spring another leak.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies, I think it was more of a crack rather than a pin hole.
    I am thinking of taking it off, removing the epoxy and then having a look at it before i decide what to do with it.
    The radiator was moved about 3 years ago so know it comes of the system off T's from the CH feed ( I am not explaining it very well I am sure) with this in mind would I be correct in thinking that I can shut of the radiator valves, drain and remove the rad and still use the central heating?
    Many thanks in advance.
     
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    It looks like your pipe is chromed steel, not easy to solder, not pretty when done. As said, internal corrosion has pin holed the metal substrate and there will be other pinholes ready to take up the fight to free the water!
    Suggest you buy a new one or look out for similar on fleabay or the like - I think that chrome tube simply bolts on and off.

    If you have two valves on that rad, and both close, then you'll be able to remove that rad without losing the use of the rest of the heating system.
     
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    Thank you very much.
     
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    As luck would have it The spare one I had in the shed (bought it first but found one in better condition) is identical except the the tube work is chrome not brass coloured. So I have aken that apart and sprayed it with cast iron radiator enamel. Once is all hardened etc I shall swap over the rads.
    Many thanks
     
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