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Leaky Bath Tap Washer

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by askman, 4 Mar 2019.

  1. askman

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    I've got a drip under my bath which looks like it's coming from the seal around the body of the tap, i.e. water from the shower getting around under the tap, not the tap itself leaking.

    At the moment I've used a rubber washer and plastic nut, both of which came with the tap, and I think that the washer might be folding into the hole where I've drilled through the bath.

    I was thinking of swapping the nut for a brass nut and using a wider washer so that it will overlap the body of the nut and be less likely to fold into the hole.

    Does anyone with more experience know of a better approach or whether this is likely to work?
     
  2. oldbuffer

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    If the hole through the bath is much wider than the threaded shank of the tap, you do have a problem. If this is the case, consider getting a chromed washer with an O ring seal under it to fit between your tap and the bath. You can usually find them on ebay.

    The plastic nuts are, in my opinion, generally c**p and are best replaced with brass back-nuts. If your hole is approaching the outside diameter of the back nut, you'll need another washer, preferably brass or a split click washer, between the back-nut and the underside of the bath. screwfix sell split click washers.
     
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    You are putting the washer between the tap and the bath, not between the nut and the bath, aren't you?
     
  4. askman

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    There in an o-ring washer type seal which sits in the base of the tap column, and then a wider rubber washer which I've put between the washer and the underside of the bath
     
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