Today, even the most basic towel rail comes in a variety of styles and materials and can have one or more rails, but they are so easy to fit that this article does not intend dwelling on them.
However, long gone are the days when four screws and plugs were sufficient to complete the job, because many modern towel rails are designed to replace the radiator in the bathroom. The hot water circulates through the tubing, not only heating the room, but also warming the towels that are hung over and across the rails.
These units come in a large array of styles and sizes and although the project will be made easier if one of similar size and dimensions to the radiator is chosen, it is not really necessary, as the pipe-work can always be extended or shortened to suit.
Firstly, mark the intended position of the new rail onto the wall, including the position of the inlet and outlet valves. Then decide whether you want to extend the existing pipe-work from the floor, attach it to the surface of the wall or even channel into the wall for a neater finish.
Ensure that the pipes and heating unit are firmly fixed in position and use speed fit and compression fittings to aid the speed and ease of the installation.
Remember to check for pipes and cables hidden in the wall, find suitable studwork if necessary, read the fitting instructions carefully and above all, drain down the central heating system before you start work.