How to remove a radiator and dispose of it correctly

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Learning how to remove a radiator isn’t as difficult as you might think. But, you will need the right tools and some essential know-how which you will find in this guide. Get your hands on both and you could be saving yourself some serious money.

If you’re removing a radiator to replace with a new one, then you’ll need to know how to recycle them responsibly. If you are looking to remove to paint behind a radiator then you won’t need to worry about getting rid of them. Whatever you are choosing to do, you’ll find expert advice on how to remove and recycle in this guide.  

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Mike Watkins

Mike Watkins is a highly respected heating and gas engineer at Home Care Heating, located on the Wirral. With over 20 years of experience, Mike is an expert in all aspects of heating and gas systems. He is known for his dedication and passion for sharing his knowledge to help others.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.