All we had to do, was to put the radiator back on the wall and connect up to the pipes which were already there. Sounds simple huh? We had done some work to the system back in April, so were fairly confident this was be a 10 minute job. HAHAHAHA!
So I started out putting the brackets back on. We had left the screws in the wall during plastering so we would know exactly where to put it back, and I had marked the brackets up too. Simples.
I then took these photos to show you guys the way I prepared the joints ready for connection. My go to products are PTFE tape and Fernox LS-X (a silicone sealant which solidifies on contact with water - it absolutely stinks but I like to use it as a fail safe)
When we originally put the radiator on, it all joined up perfectly. But the extra plaster on the wall added a few mm to the wall thickness which pushed the radiator out those few mm as well. When we then tried to connect up the sides, this was just a few mm too far. Everytime we tried to connect it up, water came shooting out of the joint. The other problem was that when we had drilled the holes through the walls we had quite a lot of play in the pipe to allow some movement. The plasterers had kindly filled in the holes so make it look super neat, which was great, but we also lost all the movement in the pipe. Initially thinking it could have been this that was the problem, we set about gouging out the plaster around the walls [yes, the new plaster :'( ] to see if that would help...
Nope. It didn't help. We still had water shooting everywhere. Nightmare.
It was at this point that I realised we would have to drain down the whole system and start again. Changing the push fit T-pieces at the very least :'(
Have you ever done a job, and then later realised what a hash you made of it to start with it? I hope it's not just me!