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TAP CONNECTOR - FIBRE WASHER SUBSTITUTE:

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by RONCHAM, 5 Oct 2017.

  1. RONCHAM

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    Hi - I remember a plumber on this forum suggesting a "washer" for a tap connector could be formed by several wraps of PTFE tape around the threads and extending to form a "washer"at the end - this was in place of the normal fibre washer which couldn't be introduced, or was unavailable at the time.

    Sometimes simple solutions are only simple after you've been told and that one would never have occurred to me. It made me wonder if the same could be achieved by using a leak sealant or some similar waterproof gel to form a "washer"??

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    The fibre washer is supposed to swell slightly on exposure to water so in theory makes for a better seal if the mating surface of the tap is damaged or of poor quality, but saying that plastic tap cons mostly have rubber o rings.
     
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    High risk of blocking the pipe.
     
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    Before PTFE- hemp and bosswhite was wrapped round the small flange at the end of the tap connector
     
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    See it all the time where the previous fitter hasn't had any new washers to use. If you take a couple of inches of tape and roll it along it's length and then wrap it around the flange of the connector, it does the job in an emergency.
     
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    Thanks for all the useful replies and comments.
    Hemp and bosswhite was the cause of a problem I had - I'm not sure why that was used when the fitting was meant to be sealed with a washer? When I tried to use a fibre washer the bosswhite had gone rock-hard on the nut threads (which was impossible to access and clean). It was extremely difficult to get the nut beyond the fibre washer and screw onto the threads of the connector - this was on a toilet cistern inlet/ballvalve. I couldn't track further back - the nut was on a short length of pipe which was soldered onto a lead pipe emerging from a wall.
     
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    That's because there were no fibre washers when it was installed . They came later with copper pipe/ tap connectors.
     
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    Thanks - it must be older than I thought! Something to soften/dissolve bosswhite would've been handy.
     
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