Radiator Tails

Joined
15 Jan 2008
Messages
1,334
Reaction score
34
Location
Derbyshire
Country
United Kingdom
Wasn't sure whether to post here or in Tools/Materials but here goes. Can anyone suggest a way of tightening radiator tails without using a radiator tail spanner? I need to change a leaking valve on one of my radiators but can't tighten the new tail up and the speciliast spanners are a bit pricey for a one off job?? I've fitted TRV valves elsewhere and the tails for them all had an external hexagonal section so could be tightened with a normal spanner but the stand valve i've bought doesn't have this.

Do i have any option but to fork out for a new tool??
 
Sponsored Links
Joined
19 Feb 2009
Messages
366
Reaction score
28
Country
United Kingdom
Surely you're not talking about the rad tail allen key worth a couple of quid are you?
 
Joined
15 Jan 2008
Messages
1,334
Reaction score
34
Location
Derbyshire
Country
United Kingdom
Surely you're not talking about the rad tail allen key worth a couple of quid are you?

I wasn't - wasn't aware of their existance - i was talking about a 'multi size radiator key' which says its for fixing radiator tails - starting at £21 and up. Will have a look for the tail allen key and if they're a couple of quid - thats my problem solved. Thank you for highlighting my ignorance - knew there must be a more basic tool for the job!!
 
Sponsored Links
Joined
26 Dec 2007
Messages
4,851
Reaction score
530
Location
Lanarkshire
Country
United Kingdom
either to go a plumbers merchants or car repair shop you will get a 1/2" allan key there
 
Joined
8 Jan 2005
Messages
19,003
Reaction score
1,568
Location
Bath
Country
United Kingdom
Except they're 12mm not 1/2"

I bought a 12mm hex socket from a car shop, fits my 1/2"ratchet :cool:
 
Joined
28 Jun 2005
Messages
21,664
Reaction score
2,014
Country
United Kingdom
£21.00 :eek: was that for a Rotten Bugger one (rothenburger)
 
Joined
25 Feb 2009
Messages
1,884
Reaction score
278
Location
West Lothian
Country
United Kingdom
If you are stuck tighten the tail on to the valve then turn the valve to screw it in. If it slips it is not tight enough.
 

DIYnot Local

Staff member

If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.

Select the supplier or trade you require, enter your location to begin your search.


Are you a trade or supplier? You can create your listing free at DIYnot Local

 
Sponsored Links
Top