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Plumbing advice needed - removing a radiator?

I'm about to take a radiator off the wall to wallpaper behind it. It has new pipework, with isolation valves each end, which I will switch off. I have two questions: There is a tap at the exit end of the radiator which i assume is a drainage tap, but I can't see it properly as it points downwards. Will this take a regular radiator bleed key? It just feels like a circle to me. When I undo the valve nuts on the radiator, am I likely to need to insert new olives? I'm not sure if there are any already in there. I don't want to start on it without having the appropriate tools and fittings. Thank you, in advance Sorry but I re-posted as I put it in wrong category before LOL bustersmycat - My whole reason for seeking advice first was because last time I removed and re-fitted a bathroom radiator it had old pipework and olives. I bent an olive putting it back on without realising and woke up next morning to a flooded kitchen with no ceiling! Thanks all, I appreciate the advice

Asked By: Truly Madly - 2/19/2009
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Answered By: Plumber techie - 2/19/2009
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Don't know the answer, but when I was a kid, my father had me hold the radiator while he papered behind it, because all we did was lean it out a bit, and of course I let it lean too far and cracked a pipe... More
Answered By: bustersmycat - 2/19/2009
 
I would personally paper around the rad rather than going through the whole messy process of removing it. You will still have to cut around the brackets even if you lift the rad off... More
Answered By: Andrew L - 2/19/2009
 
Yes, there are valves at both ends, but they don't stop the contents from coming out of the radiator - they just isolate the rad from the system. The easy one is the user valve, which you can just turn off. The one with the cover is the lockshield - this valve is used by the plumber who set the system up to balance the... More
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Answered By: Phillip B - 2/19/2009
 
There are two types of radiators steam or hot water if you have steam shut off the boiler and remove the radiator. If hot water it should be drained from the boiler. Radiator valves do not stop the water. If you have a radiator vent on the very bottom of the radiator it could be used as a drain. It can be opened with a... More
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Answered By: Tenfingers - 2/19/2009
 
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