I've bought 7 of the sods - standard hot water double radiators with a sort
of matrix of conductive metal in between the front and back plates.
Now, there's threaded holes either side at the top which I presume I put the
blanking cap and air vent fittings into (at least their dodgy photocopied
instructions suggest this), but either side at the bottom, where I had
thought I could simply screw my valves in, there seems to be some kind of
circular plug *welded* into the hole where the valves should go. It looks
like an X inside an O.
Has anybody any idea how I proceed? I must admit to being baffled. I've
concidered whacking a screwdriver through to see if that shifts it, but
don't want to damage them if I'm wrong.
Thanks for any advice offered.
Are you sure it's not a plastic plug and only looks "welded" because
it's been painted after the plastic cap has been screwed in?
Ours were anyway, and taking the pug out chips the paint as well.
Would have sent them back, if I could have been bothered.
Use the screwdriver, but in the manner it was designed for. They are
plastic plugs screwed into the thread for the valve tails. You could run a
razor blade around the paint if you are worried about it peeling off, but it
should be more firmly bonded to the metalwork than the plastic.
Yes, thank you to all who answered. Just after I wrote that question I found
a very big screwdriver and tried again to treat them as if they were screwed
in plugs - this big screwdriver did the job fine! Out they popped!
I feel a bit of a knob head now, but they were painted in, and looked very
metallic and very welded. Just needed a bigger screwdriver. Maybe B&Q should
add a little sentence to their instructions, as people aren't that happy
about scraping around enamel painted radiators with a screwdriver unless
they're absolutely sure that it's the correct thing to do - they're not the
cheapest radiators money can buy.
Ta very much though for such prompt and 100% correct answers.
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