As bought towel rails are so expensive, I'd quite like to make one. Is it as
simple as soldering together some pipes and end feed fittings and getting
the whole thing chromed? How much would it cost to get it chrome plated? How
clean does it need to be? Does all excess solder have to be removed to get a
clean covering? Are there issues with trying to balance the flow through the
various pipes? What can be done about having a concealed bleed valve at the
I was thinking of a standard ladder design in 15mm copper pipe. It will
probably be quite tall, with several sections of closely spaced pipes
separated by gaps to slot the towels through.
# = end feed T
+ = end feed elbow
Copper is unlikely to be strong enough.
Which is why most rails are at least brass, probably steel, and best of
all stainless steel.
You can get chromed steel pipe but of course it doesn't solder.
B & Q do reasonable stuff at about 100 quid.
Otherwise you are into steel, welding or at least brazing or silver
soldering, plus gettung teh thing chromed at an electroplaters. I'd
guess it wouild all take many days and cost around - 105quid?
I needed a small rad for a loo and used exactly this method and it works fine.
Not expensive using screwfix end feeds in packs of 25. Quite strong enough for
this but longer spans for towel rail would need to be 22mm for strength and
even then a "full sized" one would be prone to kinking if grabbed. I wouldn't
try to make a towel rail given the price of white or chrome ones.
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