Hi everyone. I hope this is the right section to post this, so here goes. If not, my apologies, newbie here. I am removing a radiator in my 1995 wimpy house (Im sure that strikes terror into the heart of any experienced builder) for decorating purposes. Let's just say they never mist coated the dry walls so the paint is essentially wallpaper and its cracked badly. Here are some pics prior to removal: From what I can tell, this seems like a standard non thermostat fitting. I've closed off both valves and cracked open the nuts both at ends, as seen in the above pics (also opened bleed valve), let the water drain out, so the radiator is now empty. So far so good. I've had a friend help prise the pipes apart as they were a very tight fit (they seemed spring loaded into the radiator due to the close pipe fitting). I was then thinking of changing the manky Stainless Steel valves? To fresh looking ones, since decorating the room but this is where the fun will really start, i.e. more serious pluming. Here is a pic of the radiator connector ports? (not sure of nomenclature). Now, I cannot seem to get the nuts off either end and I assume that's because there is an olive? Clamped to both ends stopping this. This however shouldn't be an issue as I need to remove the whole piece from within the radiator, that being what a plumbers wrench? Is used for. I can see ptfe? tape coming out of both radiator ports, so I assume something has been screwed into both ends. I'm going to go ahead and assume that I unwind those inserts out of the radiator as they will be replaced with the new valve kits I buy. I then have to put some PTFE? tape around the new insert and some plumbers compound? So to make a good seal. Can you buy inserts with a better system, i.e with washers already included (although I doubt olive ones). Some seem to have black grommets/washers as well but they were on spacers not the standard valve kit I saw in the box? If so, part names, numbers, or URL's would be great. Here are 2 pictures of the remaining pipes and the valves I will have to remove to put on new ones. To remove these I will need to undo the nuts but before doing that I will need to turn off the water heating system and boiler. I know that I can either close off the mains riser (under my sink), tie up the ballcock in the loft (haven't been up there in 10 years and don't want to, don't even have ladder to get up there), or locate what could be a valve in the airing cupboard, which brings me to the most bemusing part of all, my airing cupboard. Check this out! (probably a separate thread in itself). I have started labelling what I think is going on, although if anyone knows exactly, please tell me. I think the water heating system is turned on or off by the red wheel valve? Located nearest the door. The big pipe at the back is the main cold into the cylinder and although the pump is upside down? That feeds the 2 port, 3 way switch? Into the coil. Why is the pump upside down? is this to do with the way the mains feeds into the roof? I cant really figure out why the pipe I selected as the water heating pipe with red valve, is the water heating pipe, as I see no immediate connection but I also don't see any other need for a pipe to have a shut off valve. (The pen marking is mine) Right so I will shut that off, and prepare to shut of the mains riser too if the system doesn't seem to drain. I also hear when draining the system that I should switch the metal box at the bottom of the pic into 'Manual' instead of auto and leave it on 'Manual' when filling. Why is that, out of curiosity? But here is the next issue. This is the drain pipe added to the radiator on the bottom floor. Yeh weird right? And it leaks, so I want to get rid of that too! I suppose without this thread getting too long on my part I should stop and ask 1) How do I remove the olive washer from the pipe going up into the valve once I remove the valve, so I don't have to cut the pipe to get it off? I assume there will be one when I undo the nuts on the valves 2) Is that the heater pipe and valve in my airing cupboard and will closing that off help me drain the system? I assume it will, if it is indeed the correct valve. 3) Can you kindly give me any names, Url's and or part numbers for the bits I will need. I am going to replace the standard valves with TRV's? (Thermostatic) and can you recommend some cheaper ones that work well? I will need 5 in total so around £10 eat would be great. I will need help with replacing the draining valve downstairs but best to not make this initial post too long. Best Wishes and Kindest Regards Carl.