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New outdoor tap without turning off water.

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Brenhden, 27 Mar 2020.

  1. Brenhden

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    Hi all, this is my first post.

    I have a tap in my workshop that is old and faulty. There is no way to isolate it from the water supply (I live up a hill and the water comes from a spring). The tap is on long exposed pipe I can tap into. How can I add a tap on the pipe without drowning my workshop? If it goes wrong the water will never stop. Any advise appreciated.
     
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    Your best bet is to buy a freezing kit, put a stop tap in a suitable place for future maintenance whilst it's frozen.
     
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    What diameter is the exposed pipe? Also you’d need backflow protection (I’d have thought).
     
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    Post some pictures of the pipework and the tap.

    Andy
     
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    Does the pipe come from the house which has its own stop cock?

    Is the pipe copper, lead or plastic?

    Pictures and more detail would help

    Blup
     
  6. Brenhden

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    Here are some photos.
    There is a stop tap in the house but the workshop comes off before it. There is no tap in the street like a town house. I'm not on mains water so none of the normal stuff applies I guess.

    Pipe is 22mm.
     

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    That maybe a little more difficult using a freeze kit as it’s iron pipe. You’d need adapters, which would then extend the pipe further up the wall.
     
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    The water flows by gravity down a hill? How about isolating where the water enters the pipe from the spring. Irrespective, the workshop needs an isolator valve in the main water pipe.
     
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    What's the pressure like? I'd be tempted to do that live if you don't mind a little bit of water escaping
     
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    Thanks for the tips guys, there is quite a lot of water pressure and the floor slopes into the workshop. If I turn the spring off it will stop water for every house in the lane as it comes to me first. I'm not even sure how to do it or where the spring is as it's on the estate land.

    It sounds like a big job suddenly.

    How about repairing the tap. when I turn it on water gushes out of the area where the capstan meets the bib. is it repairable in situ with water gushing out?
     
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    If it’s just here (circled blue), you should be able to back the gland nut off, and wrap some thin ptfe tape or loctite 55 into it, in a clockwise direction and then tighten nut up. Should still have backflow protection though.
     

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    Could you not isolate the pipe just outside the house if you can trace back. You could do that live and not risk flooding the garage. This would then give you a shut off valve for future use
     
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    Snatch it!

    Andy
     
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    What do you mean? Isolate how?
     
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    I think what he means is cut into the mains pipe outside whilst it's live and then have a pre-built tee with a tap on it, then all you'll have is water running in your garden until you get the tee fitted then close the tap. Then just re-connect your house supply.

    Either that or get everyone in your lane involved and see if they have a means of isolation for their own property, if not then just notify that the main supply will be shut off for the short duration to have an isolation point introduced.

    Either that or shut off your house mains supply and run a new supply pipe into your workshop.
     
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