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Plumbing... Again!!!!

Why me....


The floor in the utility room is soaked....

Traced the leak to the feed into the toilet cistern...

Tightened the plastic nut that seals to the cistern... leak fixed


But how come........ it's been leaktight for about 10 years and then it just decides to let go on a Sunday afternoon.... Plastic fittings to seal to a ceramic unit are bound to be a problem....

You cant get decent brass fittings with proper rubber washers anymore... now it's just cheap (not that cheap ) and nasty rubbish. You used to be able to see the rubber washer compress and feel when the joint is tight. Nowadays the only hint you'll get that you've overtightened it is when the blasted thing breaks
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Bring back the good old compression fittings is what I say
 
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Hank of hemp, ton of Bosswhite,makee' joint nice n' tight.: Plastic this, an' plastic that, what a load of cheap ole' tat.:
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Hank of hemp, ton of Bosswhite,makee' joint nice n' tight.: Plastic this, an' plastic that, what a load of cheap ole' tat.:

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I have a dripping tap over the sink, it`s one of thoes ,mixer into one spout,
Iasked my friend if he could get me a washer fot .He just burst out laughing.
Says Ineed a plumber.
It`s no wonder I`m a luddite.
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Says I need a plumber.

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All you need to be a plumber is a van full of old fittings that you can cannibalise to fix the problem

I was up in the loft yesterday to fix a sticking ball ****. Very hard water around here soon gums up any moving parts. Descaled it and gave it a good coat of silicone grease... should keep it clean for a few years
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Many thanks AlfaGJ.
I guess it will mean one present less
for the grandchildren.
Always this time of year or just before holidays.
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I have a dripping tap over the sink, it`s one of thoes ,mixer into one spout,
Iasked my friend if he could get me a washer fot .He just burst out laughing.
Says Ineed a plumber.
It`s no wonder I`m a luddite.
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If your tap has a quater turn action it has ceramic discs. A tiny bit of dirt can sometimes seperate these discs simply isolate water supply to taps, clean discs and reassemble. 10 minute job. If standard tap which you keep tuning to stop simply repalce washer. Probably save you a £50.00 plumbers bill. Thats if you can get a plumber in the first place.
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If your tap has a quater turn action it has ceramic discs. A tiny bit of dirt can sometimes seperate these discs simply isolate water supply to taps, clean discs and reassemble. 10 minute job. If standard tap which you keep tuning to stop simply repalce washer. Probably save you a £50.00 plumbers bill. Thats if you can get a plumber in the first place.
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Thanks for that
It is a ceramic disc ,so I`m told,
Will wait until I`ve got the house to myself,and see what I can do.
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No Problem John. good Luck.
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Many thanks AlfaGJ.
I guess it will mean one present less
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Always this time of year or just before holidays.
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Why not buy them a tap, and let them know they can come and play with it whenever they like? If you're on a meter, remember to turn the water off when they come round.

For the first part, remember I'm from the north. What is this "cistern" thing? if your toilet has flooded how come the water got indoors?
 
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Why not buy them a tap, and let them know they can come and play with it whenever they like? " thing? if your toilet has flooded how come the water got indoors?
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If I gave them a tap,they would be dancing everywhere.if not to the modern pop.to the classic`s
Water music springs to mind.
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if your toilet has flooded how come the water got indoors?
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If your tap has a quater turn action it has ceramic discs. A tiny bit of dirt can sometimes seperate these discs simply isolate water supply to taps, clean discs and reassemble. 10 minute job. If standard tap which you keep tuning to stop simply repalce washer. Probably save you a £50.00 plumbers bill. Thats if you can get a plumber in the first place.
Just fitted a new kitchen tap. The Franke ceramic disk had one disk unit split, allowing a leak. £120 for replacement. Got a tap for just under £11 (£8 postage), new Targa in our beige (champagne?) colour. Old one was uncleanable, big improvement. Plenty of chrome taps out there.
On compression taps I rub down the washer seat with a bit of 600 wet/dry glued to the flat handle end of a small wood chisel.
Always fit isolation valves, easy to turn off water locally.
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Always fit isolation valves, easy to turn off water locally.
That is very good advice
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Many thanks, Keithglos.
In view of the chances of a split,
I think I shall leave to the new year, grandchildren can have their gifts..
BEING A BIT OF A DRIP MYSELF THINK I CAN TOLERATE ANOTHER ONE.
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The pump on our power shower failed earlier this week. The pump was put in just over five years ago and it was an expensive one at that. So this time ordered a cheap (comparitively) one from Screwfix and now just waiting on the plumber to come out and get his arm in. No local isolating valves and a bit of an odd arrangement so I'm not too keen on tackling it myself.

I've told the wife that's her Christmas present sorted but for some reason she wasn't too happy.
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Love your style,Big John, tell her it`s a joint gift unwrap it together
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What made the ceramic disc split then KG? Just gave our hot and cold over the kitchen sink an 857, and they work, so smoothly once more. last serviced about five years ago. The cold had started to drip a wee bit, so did both, Did however get one assembly slotted back in 90 Deg. out, worked in reverse, and she soaked herself! : Not Funny.
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Isolator valves, tie a knot in the pipework.: Cheap ones seize anyway, and are worse than useless. Even if you un-seize them, they leak at the gland! Crap rubbish!
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ago.did both, Did however get one assembly slotted back in 90 Deg. out, worked in reverse, and she soaked herself! : Not Funny.
Hi Z/F.
If you got it wrong ,'WHAT chance has a luddite?"
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Got a few probs. since we moved in here, and found.1. A big round pebble was stopping the rising main washer and seat from shutting off. 2. Teeny bits of grit under both toilet conical valves. 3. Large plasterboard galvanised nail rattling about in the central heating pump. 4.No air in the expansion vessel in the combi. circuit AL knows about this one.5. No isolator taps on both supplies to the kitchen sink, maybe this is how they are supposed to be?: But, a new water meter on the pavement, operated with a long yellow plastic key, so up with the flap,turn the supply off and sort the rest item by item!! PS There are more, but not to Bore!!
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I take my (cocked) hat off to you sir,
you`re a marvel.
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If they are rubber washered, seat, type taps, an angled seat cutter soon cleans them up, and then quality sealing washers from a reliable source, Not your B an' Stews, or others like,.: Easy fix.:
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