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Leaking stop cock behind wall

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by buckmoy, 10 Sep 2020.

  1. buckmoy

    buckmoy

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    Hi all.

    Got a weird one.

    House which was converted from flats. There are two stop cocks - one where you'd expect on ground floor, another half way up the house which shuts off top two floors of water only.

    This second stop cock is only accessible through a wall mounted hatch (and you have to reach under a shower tray to get to it). You can just about reach it with one arm if lying face down on the floor...

    It's leaking, drop every 5 seconds, having got an iphone camera in there I can see it is from the gland / stuff box. There is no way I can get PTFE round it. To do proper work on it would mean cutting through a tiled wall, or taking a built in shower out.

    I'm thinking of shutting off water, letting it dry, then spraying it with something, or using epoxy (bearing in mind it will be a one handed, blind job).

    Any ideas of good products? Loads of mixed reviews.

    Thanks
     
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  3. sircerebus666

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    Have you tried tightening the nut ?
     
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  4. mattylad

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    Spraying stuff onto it will only end up with a puddle later on.
    do it right.
     
  5. Madrab

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    Even stuffing the gland wont hold for ever. Unfortunately it's worn/old and the only way to repair it long term is to replace it.
     
  6. buckmoy

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    .....I hid in shame for days but can now report that yes - simply tightening the gland nut worked. Took ages to get a spanner in there and find the nut, totally blind and only able to get one arm in the hole, but thanks for the advice.
     
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  7. Nige F

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    Welcome to the world of plumbing ;)
     
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