Can anybody help please? This morning I changed two tap washers (kithen and
bathroom sink). In order to do the bathroom one (hot) I had to turn off the
hot water header tank feed to the immersion heater tank. This was very
tight and in the end I resorted to removing the Red handle and using a
spanner on the square section of spindle. Changed the tap washers and went
to turn on the feed to the cylinder. The handle just turned and turned. I
removed the centre spindle assembly from the gate valve only to find the
inner screw was mashed and the gate valve was stuck shut "Oh well I
thought, never mind I feel a trip to the PM's coming on" Off I trot and get
a replacement 22mm gate valve and return home to fit it. I syphoned off the
header tank in the loft, replaced the gate valve and refilled the header
tank. My problem is now no hot water flows from ANY hot tap, all cold taps
are fine. I think I have an airlock somewhere but cannot seem to shift it.
I have heard of connecting the cold tap to the hot tap and try to blast it
out. I tried this but as I only had a hosepipe I couldn't get it over the
tap spouts or hold it tight enough to stop the water spurting out. If it
helps with anything my taps are: a monobloc mixer in the kitchen, pillar
taps in the cloakroom, bath and bathroom sink, I tried the hosepipe trick on
the bath taps. Is there a knack to this or do I need to connect certain
taps together. I live in a normal 2 storey house and nothing else was shut
off whist changing the tap washers. Memo to myself Put isolators on the
tap tails when I do the bathroom and kitchen!
Any help or advise greatly appreciated.