tap washers - different sizes for same taps!?

5 Jun 2008
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United Kingdom
Is it me or are tap washers (normal 1/2" size for a pillar tap) different, eg some slightly thicker and fractional smaller in diameter than others? why is this ... do they all work together or if slightly smaller/thicker will they be insufficient ... ?
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there are many different types of washers.if you are not sure take the tap gear to the shop and get the one that fits.
i know there are many different types of washers - but for most pillar taps they are black plastic type washer. also the headgear/tap valve assembly that you can buy from b&q etc for about £1.99 are slightly different even though they are both for 1/2" taps!!! strange ...

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