Old Imperial size taps and washers.

4 Jul 2008
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United Kingdom
Well thought changing a washer on a dripping tap would be an easy job as I have done several in the past.

Problem was the center hole on the 1/2" tap washer was to large for the peg it had to push over. (bought from Wilko)
Nipped to B&Q and their 1/2" washers had the same large size hole in the centre.

Got me thinking that as my taps were very old maybe these were modern washers that screwed on.

Decided if I couldn't get any of the old washers with a small hole in the centre I may as well change the tap tops. Problem 2: The metric thread on the new tops wouldn't screw into the old imperial thread in the old taps.

Changing the taps completely on the sink unit would be a last resort as the pipes are soldered and acess is tight.

Anyone know where I can get any old tap washers with the small center hole?. Don't even know what I'm searching for. 'Tried Imperial Tap Washers' with no joy.

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Cut one out from an old leather belt, tap washers were made from leather long before fibre and rubber were used and will last a lot longer.
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