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#946185 - 11th May 2015 10:27am Central Heating with Concrete Floor
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Hi,

Could anyone give me advice on how to fit central heating in a first floor flat with concrete floors and solid walls? Ideally I would want the pipes to be hidden so I'm looking for the best option.

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#946189 - 11th May 2015 10:38am Re: Central Heating with Concrete Floor [Re: plf12]
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Behind skirting boards?

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#946192 - 11th May 2015 10:46am Re: Central Heating with Concrete Floor [Re: plf12]
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Hi Dilly,

Thanks. How far would the skirting boards need to come out of wall? I'm a complete novice at this kind of thing and at the moment it's the only thing stopping me from buying the flat.

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#946196 - 11th May 2015 10:54am Re: Central Heating with Concrete Floor [Re: plf12]
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You can buy skirting boards that have gaps behind them. There more expensive than normal.

You can put the micro pipes in trunking above the skirting boards.

It can be done.
I would say it's probably easier than lifting floorboards.

Your best getting a professional to fit the whole system correctly.

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#946200 - 11th May 2015 11:13am Re: Central Heating with Concrete Floor [Re: plf12]
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I'm no builder but would think behind the skirtings would be your best option. Give Ianyam a pm on here, good honest plumber and well recommended on wiki.

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#946202 - 11th May 2015 11:45am Re: Central Heating with Concrete Floor [Re: plf12]
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Thanks very much for your help.

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#946280 - 11th May 2015 8:08pm Re: Central Heating with Concrete Floor [Re: plf12]
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Take a look at pendock profiles on the net, They do purpose made pipe boxings. Needs proper planning around door openings. or run at ceiling level and drop down to rads.

http://www.pendock.co.uk/Home/Home.aspx?id=3


Alternatively-- electrical heating.

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#946384 - 12th May 2015 12:14pm Re: Central Heating with Concrete Floor [Re: plf12]
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It might be worth while doing a it of research on the use of micro pipes for central heating. I wanted them years ago for a solid floor place and the plumber said they were a nightmare after a while in hardish water areas. Something about sludge or scaling or something.We ended up with a slightly bigger bore.(Of course materials change and different plumbers have different experiences.)

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#946547 - 13th May 2015 8:29am Re: Central Heating with Concrete Floor [Re: venice]
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Originally Posted By: venice
It might be worth while doing a it of research on the use of micro pipes for central heating. I wanted them years ago for a solid floor place and the plumber said they were a nightmare after a while in hardish water areas. Something about sludge or scaling or something.We ended up with a slightly bigger bore.(Of course materials change and different plumbers have different experiences.)


Hi Venice,

Thanks for your advice. Where did you have to put the pipes?

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#946564 - 13th May 2015 10:04am Re: Central Heating with Concrete Floor [Re: plf12]
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The rebate for the pipes is precut into the skirt. You will have to replace all you skirting for a match which will deliver no perceptible difference than a normal skirt, Google "rebate skirting".

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