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  1. jacoscar

    jacoscar New Member

    Hello, I’d like to move the radiator’s pipes into the wall, so that they come out of it horizontally and above the skirting

    I am also likely to fit a wider (but single panel) radiator to better match the width of the window

    I think it’s better not to have any fitting inside the wall so I might create two C shaped section of pipes (with one end being below the floor and the other one above skirting level, with the vertical part in the chased section of the wall)

    Do I need to fix the pipe to the wall and wrap it in insulation before having the wall plastered?

    Is it better to use plastic pipes?
    I’ve seen some houses where the radiator has both (plastic) pipes coming from the centre of it (I guess this gives some flexibility in case a radiator of a different size is fitted later)

  2. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Get the boards up and bring it up in the wall at either end
  3. Ben-gee

    Ben-gee Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Copper is better imho and I would put it in felt lagging before plastering. Either clip it on hold it on correct position during plastering (usually by passing pipe through a drilled hole in a timber jig). Although the felt lagging will allow you s bit of wiggle room later.
  4. Craig Watson

    Craig Watson Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    As above, copper is best, but what height radiator and what size skirting boards are you using. Could Just be the photo but doesn't look like you'll have alot of room between the window and skirting to accommodate both the rad and pipes coming out the wall.
  5. Level 2 student.

    Level 2 student. New Member

    I would bring the copper 15mm pipes up in the middle of the wall (between window sill and floorboards) and then go out in 8mm or 10mm microbore.
    Looks cleaner with minimal pipes on show and also gives the flexibility to increase/decrease the radiator later on.
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  6. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    TBH i would keep it the same as in the pic just move the pipes to sort the new rad (eg keep the pipes on show) in reality your saving / not seeing 3 inches of pipework but adding 3 more joints
  7. Rob Foster

    Rob Foster Top Contributor!!

    I think you making work for yourself. Leave the central pipes take valves off, bring pipes along under and behind the new rad position, hang rad, put new 90 deg valves on and connect neatly. Rob Foster aka centralheatking
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  8. gmartine

    gmartine GSR

    Is it really worth the trouble? The pipes look un-naturally pronounced now because the room is completely stark and unfinished, by the time you fit the rad, add flooring, decorate the wall you'll hardly notice where the pipes are exiting especially as you intend they do so just above the skirting.
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  9. firemant

    firemant Plumber GSR

    Why do folk get obsessed with hiding pipes? Just make sure they are tidy.
    Removing a rad later will probaby cause damage to the wall - no movement on the pipes.
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