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Michael Gilligan21/02/2021 20:14:51
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On the off-chance that people may find another use for them:

Radiator Keys for 1/4” square are available from HomeBargains at 79p for two.

They are remarkably similar to these: **LINK**

https://www.castironradiatorcentre.co.uk/products.asp?code=CDC-BLEEDKEY&name=radiator-bleed-key

Not a very convincing ‘square’ compared to some alternatives, but that may make them even more adaptable.

MichaelG.

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https://storelocator.homebargains.co.uk/

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 21/02/2021 20:16:12

Paul Lousick21/02/2021 21:20:30
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You could make your own by forging one.

Making a square intermal shape can be done by drilling a hole in a piece of round bar that just slides over the corners of the spindle on the valve. Then heat the round bar (red hot), insert a piece if square rod with the same size as the spindle and squash it down onto the square rod. Remove the square rod while still hot or it may not come out.

Michael Gilligan21/02/2021 21:31:14
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dont know

That’s why I remarked upon the price.

MichaelG.

Steviegtr21/02/2021 21:34:59
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I have a few good quality brass ones on key rings. I did buy a cheap couple for the tool box only to find they were a bit oversized & slipped on well used & bled rads.

Steve

Michael Gilligan21/02/2021 21:43:13
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In case it’s not obvious ...

I was proposing them as “make from” material, not as radiator keys.

MichaelG.

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 21/02/2021 21:44:28

Steviegtr21/02/2021 21:45:20
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 21/02/2021 21:43:13:

In case it’s not obvious ...

I was proposing them as “make from” material, not as radiator keys.

MichaelG.

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 21/02/2021 21:44:28

yes

Steve.

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