A Guide To Installing Your Designer Radiator
Installing a new radiator can often be a tricky process.
In this step-by-step guide, we explain how to dress and install a designer radiator.
Once you’ve cracked this, chances are you’ll never need to call a plumber again – well, unless it’s a plumbing emergency!
Follow the simple steps below for full instructions on how to install your radiator and get your room feeling warm and cosy – and looking great!
Before You Install Your Radiator
Before installing your radiator you will have to drain down the system.
Visit our guide on how to drain down central heating before you begin.
It is always best to dress your radiator before installation, to do this you will need –
Dressing Your Radiator
‘Dressing’ a radiator is the process of getting it ready for fitting to the wall.
Step 1 – Wrap Your Valve Tails & Connect To The Radiator
Firstly, you will need to take the radiator tail and wrap it with PTFE tape clockwise around 17 times.
Using your rad spanner, wind the tail into the radiator (clockwise) until the thread disappears.
Step 2 – Insert Blanking & Bleed Plugs
Provided with your new radiator will be an air vent (bleed valve) and a blanking plug. These can be inserted into either end at the top of the radiator.
Using your adjustable spanner, tighten them up, being careful not to over-tighten and damage the O-ring.
Your radiator is now ready to be fitted to the wall.
How Do I Fix The Radiator To The Wall?
Depending upon which material you are fixing your radiator to, the tools may vary on each job. (Consult the manufacturing guidelines or a professional if you are unsure) For fixing to a brick wall, you will need –
- A Hammer drill with a 7mm masonry bit
- A cordless screwdriver
- A tape measure
- Brown plugs
- Suitable screws
- A pencil
- A spirit level
Step 1 – Mark Your Radiator’s Centre Line
Mark the centre line between both pipes – this is where the middle of the radiator should sit on the wall.
Step 2 – Mark The Line For The Bottom Of The Radiator
You will then need to work out how high you would like the bottom of the radiator to be from the floor.
Add the distance between the top of the bracket to the bottom of the radiator to this measurement.
Mark this distance across your centre line.
Step 3 – Check Bracket Distance
After marking your centre line, you will need to work out the distance between the brackets on the back of the radiator.
Step 4 – Mark This Measurement On The Wall
Divide this measurement by two and mark it on the wall.
Step 5 – Make Your Final Measurements
The final measurement that you will need is the height distance between the top bracket and the bottom bracket.
Mark a centre line higher up the wall and mark the height and width of your radiator across your top centre line.
Step 6 – It’s Time To Get Drilling
If you are happy with all the measurements you have made, you are ready to drill and plug the wall.
How Do I Install The Valves?
Place your nut and olive over the water pipe and place the rad valve over the top…
…and then, using your adjustable spanner, tighten up the nut. Place a rag on the body of the valve so you don’t damage it.
And finally, turn the valve anti-clockwise and your system is now ready to be re-filled.
And there you have it, your radiator should be on the wall!
If You Still Need Advice
If you’ve got any burning questions or need advice from the experts, be sure to send in your questions. You never know, we may feature them in our next blog post, too. Questions can be sent via the comments section below, Facebook or Twitter.
Or, if you are confident about getting the job done, watch the video of how we dress and hang a column radiator, below –
John trained in journalism before finding his way to the BestHeating Advice Centre team. He uses his journalism skills to meticulously research heating topics and bring you the latest news and views on all things home heating related. He’ll also beat you at any sport that involves a cue!