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panther100

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:09 pm Reply with quote

When I try to turn off my bathroom hot sink tap I find that it turns off relatively easy most of the way but then the last bit it seems to get stuck and a lot more force is needed to actually finish turning the tap off.

The cold one does it too but not as bad. Is there a repair for it or is it replacement time?? That taps are just your run of the mill 'cheap' new build property taps.


Also whilst on the subject of taps I find that the kitchen hot tap when you turn it on there is nothing but then all of a sudden a huge gush of hot water comes out. Is there a fix or is it replacement time?
Again they are you 'cheap' run of the mill new build property mixer taps

When I say new built I mean approx 5 years icon_redface.gif
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:14 pm Reply with quote

1st problem just strip them down give a good clean with wd40 etc use some silicone grease and refit all willbe fine.
they clog up with gunk.

2nd problem the jumpers more likely sticking/worn then releasing when tap opened.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:28 pm Reply with quote

seco services wrote:
1st problem just strip them down give a good clean with wd40 etc use some silicone grease and refit all willbe fine.
they clog up with gunk.

2nd problem the jumpers more likely sticking/worn then releasing when tap opened.


Thanks very much.

Sorry for being an idiot but Jumpers???
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:35 pm Reply with quote

Jumper is the bit stuck to the washer, or what you put on to keep you warm, if you get wet changing/renovating the valves. icon_lol.gif
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:39 pm Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:32 pm Reply with quote

Hmmm I can't try anything until I have isolated the water icon_confused.gif I have tried turning the two taps off that go into/out of the boilers but I still have water flowing. HMMM icon_confused.gif
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:38 pm Reply with quote

what type of boiler/heating system have you ?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:41 pm Reply with quote

seco services wrote:
what type of boiler/heating system have you ?


Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Do it live, its good for your heart. icon_mrgreen.gif icon_mrgreen.gif

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:45 pm Reply with quote

yes maybe but not at 10pm callouts are to dear on a sunday. icon_wink.gif
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:49 pm Reply with quote

I have no idea...I'm in a block of flats. Will take a photo and edit this post..

LOL @ doing it live. Don't think the missus would be happy with me flooding the flat.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:53 pm Reply with quote

Have you got a hot water cylinder or does the boiler fire up when you turn the hot water tap on? Dig out that jumper you may need it icon_lol.gif
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:56 pm Reply with quote

moggridgeplumbing wrote:
Dig out that jumper you may need it icon_lol.gif


may need a brolly aswell.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:00 pm Reply with quote

get organised then turn on the 3 hot taps and swap the head over live, then do the same with the cold, 2 mins max, go on, go on, go on
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panther100

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:09 pm Reply with quote

OK so here it goes. This is a picture of the boiler(s)


This is the first tap I turned off. It comes in from the communal hallway. and is located just under the two white wall sockets. (bottom left of the photo)


Then turned off this tape which is further along the pipe:


I ran the water for a good 5 mins but there was no loss of pressure or anything like that and I know it's not Gas as we do not have Gas in this block of flats.

Also I noticed the other day a white plastic pipe hanging off, I pushed it back on and done it up.


Hope this helps
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:16 pm Reply with quote

looking at that yours taps are tank fed through the pump (cold/hot).
can't see any other isolation valves in sight.
but check your pump flexis they useally have isolation valve fitted in them. look for a screw slot on the ends of the flexis.

your kitchen cold should be mains feed.
so if you've shut the incoming stopcock that tap should of stopped.
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