radiator bleed valve conundrum


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Jim K

Bleeding some rads today . Standard "key" worked on all bar one - key (5mm?) too small, 6mm socket too big.... Wtf?

Rad is twin panel format but with bleed values (helpfully) on the inward face of each panel NOT on the ends like usual...

Any ideas how to proceed? Tried long nose pliers & small mole grips but not enough angle to get enough grip.

Cheers

Jim K
 
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Eric

Jim K wrote ...
Bleeding some rads today . Standard "key" worked on all bar one - key (5mm?) too small, 6mm socket too big.... Wtf?

Rad is twin panel format but with bleed values (helpfully) on the inward face of each panel NOT on the ends like usual...

Any ideas how to proceed? Tried long nose pliers & small mole grips but not enough angle to get enough grip.

Cheers

Jim K

Socket
 
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harry

Bleeding some rads today . Standard "key" worked on all bar one - key (5mm?) too small, 6mm socket too big.... Wtf?

Rad is twin panel format but with bleed values (helpfully) on the inward face of each panel NOT on the ends like usual...

Any ideas how to proceed? Tried long nose pliers & small mole grips but not enough angle to get enough grip.

Cheers

Jim KAds not by this site
Probably the normal size but buggered up because they
are so awkward. They need replacing (maybe the
radiator in the worst case).
Depending on the pipework you may be able to loosen
any compression joints and ease the rad away from the wall.
Failing that, it will have to be removed and be assessed.
 
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Lobster

Probably the normal size but buggered up because they
are so awkward.
Might well be that, except that a standard key is apparently too
*small*, not too large as you'd expect if the valve corners had got
rounded off.

Are there currently many different sizes of rad valve? I've seen larger
ones in older ads I think, but the presenceof a valve on the *face* of a
rad suggests to me it's not very old.
 
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Jim K

Jim K wrote ...





One that fits.
NSS

 Most people have a set of small 5mm > 9mm sockets
that go up in 0.5mm increments? I doubt most people have such a set -
do you?

Jim K
 
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Jim K

Probably the normal size but buggered up because they
 are so awkward. They need replacing (maybe the
radiator in the worst case).
Depending on the pipework you may be able to loosen
any compression joints and ease the rad away from the wall.

Eh why would easing the rad away from the wall help? the bleed valves
face each other one on each of the 2 rad panels.
Low budget Ascii art:-

[]* *[]
[] []
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*=bleed valve

Jim K

PS tsk tsk - I see you've still got the malware on board?
 
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Bob Minchin

Jim said:
Probably the normal size but buggered up because they
are so awkward. They need replacing (maybe the
radiator in the worst case).
Depending on the pipework you may be able to loosen
any compression joints and ease the rad away from the wall.

Eh why would easing the rad away from the wall help? the bleed valves
face each other one on each of the 2 rad panels.
Low budget Ascii art:-

[]* *[]
[] []
[] []
[] []

*=bleed valve

Jim K

PS tsk tsk - I see you've still got the malware on board?
Are some bleed valve hexagonal these days?
My rads are all 1985 or older hand have square male screws for bleeding.

Is the a new bleeding standard these days?

Bob
 
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harry

Probably the normal size but buggered up because they
 are so awkward. They need replacing (maybe the
radiator in the worst case).
Depending on the pipework you may be able to loosen
any compression joints and ease the rad away from the wall.
Eh why would easing the rad away from the wall help? the bleed valves
face each other one on each of the 2 rad panels.
Low budget Ascii art:-

[]* *[]
[]   []
[]   []
[]   []

*=bleed valve

Jim K

PS tsk tsk - I see you've still got the malware on board?
I've not seen one like that before. I misunderstood.

I suspect the malware is sent to me by Google. I can't get rid of it.
Maybe I'll go back to Outlook Express.
 
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Eric

Jim K wrote ...
that go up in 0.5mm increments? I doubt most people have such a set -
do you?

I've got all kinds of odds & sods around. Like valve keys that fit.
 
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Gazz

Jim K said:
that go up in 0.5mm increments? I doubt most people have such a set -
do you?
Most of the small 1/4 inch drive socket sets go up in .5mm increments till
they get to 10mm, all the ones i have do that.
certain computer type socket/driver sets usually have sockets in odd sizes
like x.3mm x.7mm etc,

Of course these small sockets are usually hex types, to fit on normal nuts
and bolts, and rad bleed valves are usually square,
 

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