1. Visiting from the US? Why not try DIYnot.US instead? Click here to continue to DIYnot.US.
    Dismiss Notice

Copper tails on a monobloc kitchen tap

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by anta, 14 Mar 2010.

  1. anta

    anta

    Joined:
    18 Jan 2008
    Messages:
    76
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I have an old kitchen tap (~1980s at a guess) which I want to reuse on a sink in my garage. It is a single hole mixer tap and has two copper tail pipes on it. One of the pipes is very loose and I doubt it will be water tight. It turns freely about 1/2 a turn or so but then becomes stiff again.

    How do the copper tails detach from the tap? And if I remove them can I use modern 10mm screw in flexi pipes instead?

    All help appreciated.
    Cheers
    Ant
     
  2. Sponsored Links
  3. Nige F

    Nige F

    Joined:
    28 Jun 2005
    Messages:
    21,082
    Thanks Received:
    1,721
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    cut them off short then unscrew as normal thread- Yes you can get flexi replacements :idea:
     
  4. anta

    anta

    Joined:
    18 Jan 2008
    Messages:
    76
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Well I've done as you said and they're now undone. They were an anti-clockwise thread! Is that normal?
     
  5. mrgas

    mrgas

    Joined:
    13 Nov 2007
    Messages:
    3,745
    Thanks Received:
    817
    Location:
    Sussex
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    If they unscrewed anticlockwise that would be totally normal.
    If they screwed in anticlockwise I doubt you will find replacements for them. Never seen left hand threads on tap tails in 30 years.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  6. anta

    anta

    Joined:
    18 Jan 2008
    Messages:
    76
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Well I double checked and they are indeed anti-clockwise threads. Anti-clockwise to tighten them, clockwise to undo.

    So does anyone sell flexible tails with anti-clockwise threads??? Or do I need a new tap?
     
  7. muggles

    muggles

    Joined:
    28 Oct 2005
    Messages:
    12,849
    Thanks Received:
    2,869
    Location:
    Daventry
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    New taps I'm afraid, if it's a left hand thread then there's no guarantee it's a standard pitch so even if you did find new tails with left-handed threads, which is highly unlikely, the pitch may be wrong so they wouldn't screw in anyway.
     
  8. Sponsored Links
  9. Lincsbodger

    Lincsbodger

    Joined:
    15 Mar 2010
    Messages:
    1,302
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    screw them back in with a big dollop of boss white?
     
  10. muggles

    muggles

    Joined:
    28 Oct 2005
    Messages:
    12,849
    Thanks Received:
    2,869
    Location:
    Daventry
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    They've been cut off short so I expect they're beyond use
     
  11. anta

    anta

    Joined:
    18 Jan 2008
    Messages:
    76
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Ok. Thanks for the help guys. I only need the cold connection and one of the tails is not quite beyond use so I'll tighten it up with some sealant around it and see what happens. Otherwise I'll be after a new tap.

    Last question (I hope) is the hole in the drainer the same size for monobloc taps as for a single hot or cold tap? Or do I need to buy another monobloc tap?
     
  12. muggles

    muggles

    Joined:
    28 Oct 2005
    Messages:
    12,849
    Thanks Received:
    2,869
    Location:
    Daventry
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    The hole is normally larger for monoblocs, if you got a single tap with a large base to it you might be able to cover the hole but it'll probably move around over time
     
  13. shapes01

    shapes01

    Joined:
    16 Mar 2010
    Messages:
    9
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Location:
    Cambridgeshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    "screw them back in with a big dollop of boss white?"

    Yeah and contaminate the water supply.

    If they are anti-clockwise thread, they are probably some kind of euro crap, having said that you can get spares from a brassware importer.
     
  14. DIYnot Local

    DIYnot Local

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2019
    Country:
    United Kingdom

    If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.

    Select the supplier or trade you require, enter your location to begin your search.


    Are you a trade or supplier? You can create your listing free at DIYnot Local

     
Loading...

Share This Page