Home Heating Essentials (Afternoon)

In Module 4 we turn our attention to your heating system.

Understanding your current heating setup and how to make efficient upgrades could save you money in the long run. From replacing sludged-up radiators to installing modern smart heating controls this course aims to give you the knowledge to make decisions about how you heat your home.

During the course we will cover:

  • How a Combi Boiler works & needs to be maintained
  • When to replace radiators & how to choose replacements
  • How to drain, take off & refit radiators for decorations
  • How to identify issues with radiator valves.
  • An introduction to Smart Heating Controls & zoning your Central Heating

We will also talk about planning for loft extensions and questions about whether installing underfloor heating (UFH) may be right for your property. 

As with all our practical DIY workshops, this will be very hands-on. You will get to use plumbing tools and fittings, so that you feel confident to deal with issues at home.

What we provide…..

We will provide all materials, tools etc. However, if you want to bring along your own tools, ongoing projects etc. then feel free to do so.

We also have hot drinks – tea, coffee etc. Feel free to bring your own additional refreshments, if you want to.

What to bring…..

We recommend wearing old clothing, and sturdy shoes.
If you would like to bring your own PPE (Personal Protectve Equipment), please feel free to do so. We will proide PPE, but we know that some people would prefer to use their own. (We recommend that you mark them up with your names, so that you can identify them)

Find bePractical DIY Workshop

Access to the the bePractical DIY Workshop is via the front door, in the  Brislington Hill parade of shops. The shop has been been cunningly hidden behind the large  scaffolding installation currently surrounding Gilton House. Head towards St Peter’s Hospice Shop, and you will see  bePractical DIY Workshop just on the left, behind the scaffolding.

There is free parking to the rear of our DIY workshop, accessed from Glenarm Walk.

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Getting to bePractical DIY Courses by Public Transport
by Bus

X39/39 – Bristol Bus Station  to Bath City Centre (via Temple Meads)
96  –  Hengrove Park to Brislington Sq/West Town Lidl
178 –  Bristol to Radstock
349 – Bristol Bus Station to Keynsham (via Temple Meads)
435 –  Bristol to Keynsham
514 –  Brislington
668 – Bristol to Peasedown St John
A4 –    Airdecker (Bristol Airport to Bath)


Can be taken to Brislington Hill

Join a DIY Club…….

Why not join one of our DIY clubs and practise your newly-learnt skills? Time and space to improve at your own pace, using our tools and materials. 

Tuesday Evening DIY Club

Starting 16th January 2024

6.30pm – 8.30pm

Running until 13th February

Women-only DIY Club

Wednesday Evenings

Starting 17th January 2024

6.30pm – 8.30pm

Running until 14th February