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How to remove wallpaper behind a radiator

If you have a radiator in your home, it can make jobs such as painting and wallpapering a little more difficult. Deciding to ignore the wall that is behind the radiator is the equivalent of leaving the redecorating job half done. Although you can have a professional remove the radiator for you, that can be somewhat costly. By using tools you already have in your home, you can remove the radiator yourself for free.

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  1. Place several old towels and a bucket on the floor underneath the manual control valve. The manual control valve is the knob that is located on the bottom right of your radiator. Note that the bucket should be placed on top of the towels, directly underneath the valve.

  2. Turn the manual control valve in a clockwise direction until it is tight. This will close off the valve.

  3. Locate the lockshift valve, which is on the bottom left of your radiator. Remove the plastic cap from the valve. Turn the valve in a clockwise direction until it can no longer be turned. Be sure to count how many turns you had to make to turn it off.

  4. Insert your radiator key inside the bleed valve. The bleed valve is located on the upper-right corner of your radiator. After inserting the radiator key, turn the key clockwise to release the water. The water will exit through the manual control valve and into your bucket.

  5. Use the spanner to loosen the bolt that is securing the manual control valve to the radiator. After the bolt is loosened, more water will run into your bucket. If the bucket is too small to hold all of the water, you can tighten the bolt again to stop the water flow and empty your bucket.

  6. Use the spanner to loosen the bolt that is securing the lockshift valve to the radiator. No water will exit the lockshift valve.

  7. Lift the radiator from its brackets. After lifting the radiator, you can empty any water that may be remaining to prevent the water from getting onto your floors.

  8. Soak a sponge in wallpaper remover solution, which can be purchased from your local hardware store. Be sure to wear protective gloves when using the solution. Use the sponge to coat your wallpaper. Allow the wallpaper to soak in the solution. Gently peel the wallpaper off of your wall.

  9. Replace the radiator by lifting it and positioning it back onto its brackets.

  10. Use the spanner to tighten the bolts for the manual control valve and the lockshift valve. This will secure the valves back to the radiator again.

  11. Turn the radiator key counterclockwise to close the bleed valve. Turn the lockshift valve counterclockwise. Be sure to turn the lockshift valve the same number of turns that it took to close it off in Step 3.

  12. Turn the manual control valve counterclockwise to reopen the valve.

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Things You'll Need

  • Old towels
  • Radiator key
  • Spanner
  • Bucket
  • Wallpaper remover solution
  • Protective gloves
  • Sponge

About the Author

Faizah Imani

Faizah Imani, an educator, minister and published author, has worked with clients such as Harrison House Author, Thomas Weeks III, Candle Of Prayer Company and "Truth & Church Magazine." Her dossier includes JaZaMM WebDesigns, assistant high-school band director, district manager for the Clarion Ledger and event coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention Center.

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