Bog standard combi that will need a condensate fitting when it is
replaced. 7 rads and 2 sinks (but the existing boiler is not actually
plumbed into the HW taps at these sinks) however it need not be super
high powered .
Easy access to boiler and pipework. No breakables or expensive carpets
to worry about in the building. Easy private parking (about 5ft from the
front door of the building) for 3 vans if you want to.Condensate run not
too bad down to the kitchen waste pipe area.
I would say that I could do the job on my own in a day and I am not a
 ATM the sinks HW (or lack of it) is fed from a broken electric 3kW
HW wall mounted heater and it would cost less to plumb them into a combi
than replace the HW heater so this is part of the quote.
All quotes were NOT to include electrical work, cost of stats and
Any guesses on the quotes?
I was quoted £2.2k in London for a new combi, but I specified a Vaillant
that seems to cost around £1000. In the end, it was done by someone
else for around £1700.
But you can also get a combi for £500 less.
On 22/01/2018 20:17, email@example.com wrote:
Really? I was looking for 28KW, and the cheapest I could find is around
the £500 mark. Maybe your search skills are better than mine? Anyway,
there's clearly scope to save a few bob on the boiler.
Are boiler fitters very strong? Some of these boilers are really quite
I removed a back boiler with a cast iron heat exchanger from a flat I'm
renovating. No problem getting it downstairs on the sack truck, but
there was no way at all I could get it in the car to take it to the
dump. Very embarrassing. :)
On 23/01/2018 05:28, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Sometimes its the awkward place they need to go that makes it hard -
i.e. often working above a kitchen worktop, between cupboards etc when
you can't really get under it or even get a good grip on it. I did one
like that, right in the corner of a kitchen and although it was not that
heavy in absolute terms (about 35kg) there was no way to actually get it
in place directly. So in the end I stacked up a few power tool cases on
the worktop, sat the boiler on them so that it was an inch higher than
the wall bracket, and pushed it back against the wall. Hanging it was
then just a job of keeping it against the wall, while pulling one of the
tool cases out from under it so that it dropped onto the bracket.
(It can be more fun getting the old ones out - the Mexico I took out of
here was something like 96kg! (fortunately I had it on a long rad in the
back of the car, so when I had to offload it at the scrappie, I had
something that would slide out easily, and also gave a bit of mechanical
advantage to the end that needed lifting).
Probably - just - but I would not risk trying to lift it outright these
days! (I find it too easy to injure myself!)
By only taking part of the weight at any given time...
Rocking it onto an edge let me get a sack trolley under it. Some wood
ramps on the steps to wheel it out of the garden. Then at the car a
rolled up blanket on the edge of the tailgate (for protection), and prop
one end of long scrap rad on it as a ramp. Wheel the boiler a little way
up the ramp, and then tip it forward and lower it onto the rad. Pick up
the far end of the rad (that gives me some mechanical advantage, and the
car already has more than half the weight), slide the lot into the car.
Unloading was kind of the reverse of the process
(I did not think the accelerate backward quickly and then brake
technique would be looked upon favourably in the scrap yard ;-)
My Kestion was 43kg IIRC (mostly stainless steel heat exchanger which
has very thick walls), and I was mounting it high up on a wall.
The combined weight of the boiler and me exceeded the max ladder
weight, and it was an awkward shape to lift.
I decided before climbing the ladder that no way was I going to risk
my back in saving it if it became unstable to lift, and I would simply
drop it on the floor and write it off (£650 at the time).
In the event, I had prepared it all correctly, and it hooked on the
wall bracket quite easily. I did wonder if the bracket would hold,
but 16+ years later, it's still fine!
If I'd had to do another one, I would have taken the heat exchanger
out to lift it, now knowing how simple that is for that boiler.
However, I didn't want to do that with a brand-new boiler I wasn't
familiar with at the time.
We lugged my brother's old floor-standing cast iron lump out into the
front garden. It was gone in 2 hours, including all the metal side
panels. Very convenient.
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On 23/01/2018 08:27, email@example.com wrote:
That will be the same one that got a better discount at my electrical
wholesalers than me for the emergency light she bought for the scout hut
for reasons that I cannot tell you.
First quote £1500 (£500 boiler)
Second quote £1150 (£500 boiler)
Third quote from my mate £900 (£700 boiler)
Forth quote £FREE if I can have an advert in the Scout Hut and in the
Scout letters/emails for my firm (boiler unknown but it has a 5 year
No. Are they needed? The little bastards must have radiators at home and
must be used to them by now.
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