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DIY - Build Your Own Cast Iron Radiators

When buying Carron cast iron radiators at UKAA, there is an option to purchase in their component form, also known as their DIY form. This enables the buyer to build their DIY radiator onsite in the comfort of their own home. If you want to build your own radiator, you can order smaller DIY radiators parts and usually have them delivered by the next day after ordering, in a primer finish ready for you to build and fit.

Need help putting together your DIY radiator? See our step-by-step guide below for helpful hints and tips of building radiators in the home.

Cast Iron 4 Column DIY Victorian Radiators made by Carron and Sold Worldwide by UKAA

Begin building your DIY radiator with your leg section.

Place the part assembled radiator on a sturdy bench or stout pieces of wood on the floor.

When building radiators, ensure the radiator is sufficiently raised from the floor so the tool can be turned unhindered. Insert the two connectors, turning them a ¼ turn - the minimum amount to successfully hold the connectors in place.

Note that each connector has a left hand thread and a right hand thread. Likewise, one end of the radiator is left hand thread and one end is right hand thread.

Cast Iron 4 Column Victorian Leg Section made by Carron and Sold Worldwide by UKAA

 

The next step to building radiators is to put a gasket around each connector.

 

Gaskets And Connectors For Cast Iron 4 Column Victorian Radiators are made by Carron and Sold Worldwide by UKAA

 

Offer up a section of your DIY radiator squarely, then turn the first connector a couple of turns so that one end of the section is secure, but loosely attached.

 

Cast Iron 4 Column Victorian Radiators are built by Carron and Sold Worldwide by UKAA

 

Repeat the procedure at the other end of the section. Tighten the connector a couple of turns at a time moving from one connector to the other until both are tight.

 

Radiator Tool For Cast Iron 4 Column Victorian Radiators made by Carron and Sold Worldwide by UKAA

 

Two leg sections are normally required for a radiator up to 16 sections long. For a 17 or 19 section long radiator, you will need 3 legs and for a 18 or 20 section you will need 4 legs.

 


Please ensure you read the following notes before fitting your valves:

When screwing the valve tail into the bush, turn it finger tight. Next, using a spanner, turn it till there is only moderate resistance.

Using a 4” (100mm) spanner it is difficult to over tighten. However, when using a 8” spanner it can be easy to over tighten and crack the bush.

Ensure that a thread sealant is applied to the valve tail threads to get a water tight seal. Sealants are usually available from your plumbers, however, PTFE tape is an acceptable alternative.

It should not normally be necessary to unscrew the bushes, but if for any reason you do, retighten them gently, enough only to create a good seal.

Please note that 18” Stilsons should not be used. The torque from an 8” adjustable spanner is more than enough to create a good seal.

For any more information on building radiators, please contact a member of our customer services team on 01543 222 923.

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