TOP TIPS! What are your top tips that you CAN share?

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TOP TIPS! What are your top tips that you CAN share?

Post by Jaeger_S2k »

When applying PTFE tape in conjunction with an olive compression coupling DON'T put the tape in the threads, only round the olive.


If you have to drain off and remove a radiator for decorating etc. and want to blank the 1/2" outlets.

And you don't have one of these ...
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A 5p piece,
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a rubber 1/2" washer....
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and a 1/2" nut (off a ballofix valve or a straight coupling or other fittings) can do the job! Just be sure you get the right thread!


If you are replacing a Fibre washer, while you get everything ready, pop the washer in your mouth to moisten it and it will swell and make a sweet connection when you tighten it up.
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You only need one set (5p) per radiator this usually fits on the TRV side the other side has the lock shield and can be screwed down closed.

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Hi

Just to let you al know, I managed to find a ompany who sells baywindow radiators..curved or angled....They were recommended by my neighbour.

The company is called Spam removed mod 1

My radiator was delivered in 2 weeks and fitted perfectly.

The price was reasonable and the customer service was great too.

Try them, as i have recommended them to my family and friends.

Whislt on there website I fell in love with tere VAAZ radiator which they colour matched to my worktop...and its defiently the wow factor in my kitchen.

Good luck
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WOW, that's a great tip!

Thanks MUM!
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Just a quick tip that every plumber knows but as I’m new to this forum, if you have a pipe that will not stop dripping and you want to solder it, get a bit of bread and ram it up the pipe with a pencil, this will hold back the water long enough to solder a good joint and the bread will easily flush out!
Funny point, when I asked the customer if I could have a slice of bread they would always offer to make me a sandwich.
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:dunno: Wholemeal or White...

Take it everybody has seen "Toms top tips"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJMBiRDIT20&NR=1



there's about 40 of them.....
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wine~o wrote: there's about 40 of them.....
Most of trhem are very good Wino-O but theres the odd one to watch out for, especially the one on air testing - thats very dodgy ::b

But the multimeter one I posted a while ago - Priceless :lol: :lol:
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Bleeding obvious really but I have only just thought of this recently. The hook and loop sanding pads for palm sanders and the like can be quite pricey. I buy the cheapest sheets i can get and just stick them on or trim them if I need to use the point.


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and whats up with the testing tip, if done properly it could avoid you flooding your gaff. :dunno:
but anyrode thanks for the plug i hope you enjoy my tips there are over 60 now

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tomplum wrote:and whats up with the testing tip, if done properly it could avoid you flooding your gaff. :dunno:
but anyrode thanks for the plug i hope you enjoy my tips there are over 60 now

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ha ha wino, i've took elvis off for now, but he's coming back with a new video soon. :huray:
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tomplum wrote:ha ha wino, i've took elvis off for now, but he's coming back with a new video soon. :huray:


I'll look forward to it.... :shock:
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Post by Chris the builder »

Best tip and EVERYBODY needs to be told lol:

When soldering up to or near valves or iso's of any sort, especially brass end feed drain offs..... strip em down first! dunno how many jobs I go to where the valve rubber has been "stuck" to its seat through torching next to it, blumin nuisance and so easy to get right in the first place.
Dont think inline iso' valves can be stripped so a quick wet strip off coth wrapped around it works too.

Another cracker is when soldering a pipe over a painted surface eg. skirting’s & you know your heat mat is deffo gonna set of the smoke alarm, mix a bit of thick wall paper paste & paint it onto the surface you don’t want to burn, works a treat soldering upwards inside a floor space too. I got the idea from flat roofing, anywhere you dont want excess tar, paint it with paste first, dead neat!
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Best tip....get your boiler serviced before winter.....snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug..... :wink:
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Post by Chris the builder »

used Toms Tip today lol, heres another one... if you're going to go to all the hassle of mains flushing a system, replace all the valves too! re-connected everything, bled rads etc, weeping lock shield olive with no drain cock.... gutted lol.
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