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Yes I suppose a plumber probably was a broader term once and now they distinguish themselves as either heating engineers (heating) and plumbers (water). The chartered institute is CIPHE and imagine their website might help you find someone trustworthy. Otherwise building services engineer, but I’d say that’s probably more a commercial role.

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How weird. A plumber fitted my new radiator a year ago. Sounds like it's a whole new niche area.
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We had a plumber fit our radiator too.

I tried to hang some shelves earlier and accidently banged a hole in the wall so I've filled that and will have to repaint and try again another day. We also discovered we were missing the back panel from one of the small drawers so this weekend hasn't gone well.

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Ah, thank you! That sounds like a plan.

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Plumbers can definitely fit radiators but to do anything gas wise, you need to be Corgi registered and that tends to be heating engineers (many of whom are also plumbers). Its an expensive registration to get and maintain so lots of plumbers don't bother.
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Ah, ok thanks. There won’t be any gas shenanigans if that helps?

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I'd still try a heating engineer, even without gas as they'll be more familiar with the work, probably.
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Thank you!

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If it’s attached to the central heating (which I’m assuming is gas) then there would be gas shenanigans involved as they’ll need to drain the system/do some isolation to put the new radiators in and then dick about with the pressure and shit to get it working again.

Obviously I’ve described that just as a professional gas plumber would :lol:

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The central heating (including boiler) is electric, so hopefully that simplified things a bit. It’s the whole draining-down thing that worries me a bit. Where do they drain *to* :thick:?

Dicking about with the pressure and shit is just how I’ve imagined it too :)).

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Ahhhh. Into a bucket? :lol:

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I have to buy a bucket now :lol:? I wonder if it might be easier to move house.

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They use a piece of hose, Ella. There’ll be a couple of points they can open up the system and will just drain it to the nearest drain (ideally) or sink.
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I’d have thought a heating engineer / plumber would have a bucket,

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Thanks. Argh, I’ve been putting it off because of the hassle, but it really needs to be done soon as the cats’ favourite radiator currently doesn’t work :puppy:.

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It'll be winter soon :puppy: :bob:
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I never have any idea what sort of person you need for what, if it's not blindingly obvious.

Skips! That's so annoying. I am joining you as I ran out of paint yesterday :ruby:. The white paint for three of the walls and the ceiling. I have some ordered on click and collect that Mr G can pick up for me tomorrow (I could have walked but the distance+weight meant I'd rather wait a day till he gets back) but it's meant that the whole issue of order that prompted me to start this thing has gone right out the window. :lol: I've done: ceiling, coving, white walls (one coat), dark walls, woodwork (except the bits on the dark wall which wasn't dry enough to mask off) and now need to do the white walls again tomorrow. Fuck's SAKE. It's a masking riddle.

Also, I carefully taped down dustsheets everywhere, then got paint on the underside of my shoe and walked all through the house.

On the plus side, I LOVE it. It's not finished but looks so, so much better.
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