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Radiator fallen off wall

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Quibble, 19 Feb 2009.

  1. Quibble

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    The fixing have come out of the plasterboard and the radiator has come off the wall causing one of the copper pipes to leak slightly. The pipe is on the opposite side to the regulator valve. A bit of advise would be very much appreciated.
     
  2. John506

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    Turn off both valves, drain down rad, take rad off the wall, sort the leak out, take off brackets, fill the wall in, re-drill and screw the brackets, rehang the rad, reconnect the valves to the rad, open valves, fill up, bleed, voila.
     
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    Unfortunately, I'd say you'd need to take the rad off the wall and refix the brackets. Obviously you're going to have a hole in the wall now where the original fixing has come loose. Most brackets have multiple holes for fixings so just use one that's higher or lower.

    Refix using something like these (theyve never let me down)

    http://www.screwfix.com/prods/11923?cm_sp=AOVDriver-_-Fixings-_-MetalRediDrivas&ts=53555.


    Also as the weight of the rad is now resting on the lockshield valve (the one that's leaking), when you drain down it might be worth having a look at the condition of the pipe as it maybe have bent / cracked.

    Cheers :)
     
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    My bad didn't read plasterboard wall.
     
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    Thanks, think I'll wait for my husband to come home at the weekend lol.
     
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    in the mean time, get an adjustable spanner and try and tighten the nuts on either side of the valve.

    also stick something under the rad in the meantime to support it! :)
     
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    Once radiator off wall, I would fix a 3mm sheet of plywood cut to size, glued and screwed, (allowing you to find a screw fixing to the stud work) then screw the radiator brackets back to the ply. I find that once plasterboard has failed, it's a pain trying to get a good fixing.
     
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    Thanks for all your help, will pass on to husband, he's going to be impressed with my DIY knowledge :rolleyes:
     
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    Knock down entire house and rebuild. It's the safest way!
     
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    Totally renovated it and built an extension last year! plus it's 250 years old and listed so the local council might be a bit miffed.
    A For Sale board might do the trick though.
     
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    Use that, cheaper than new ply. :)
     
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    In which case knock down the whole council and rebuild them!! ;)

    Don't forget to mention the new internal water feature! :LOL:
     
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    I wouldn't trust a radiator to those. Lighter radiators I use http://www.screwfix.com/prods/18266...Hollow-Wall-Anchor-5-x-43mm-6-13mm-Pack-of-10

    For heavier radiators I find the studs and chase battens into the plasterboard fixed to the studs.
     
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