On 17 Jul 2003 16:03:40 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew
I've got a tap reseating tool here and have used it a few times in the
Usually very good to cut a new surface onto a well-used tap for the
washer to mate with when the tap is closed. However if the surface is
in need of this sort of repair then the likelihood is that the tap
winding gear is probably feeling its age too.
The other thing I had with one particular tap was that the seat had
what appeared to be a manufacturing defect - no amount of reseating
could fix that because a chunk of the seat was completely missing.
Worth a go, but I wouldn't predict it will save that many taps.
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Are you sure it's just not gunge on the seat or threads? Unless the seats
have been damaged by trying to turn the taps off with no washers they're
not usually so damaged or worn that they drip. And if they are that worn,
so will be the rest of the tap.
Gunge build up on the threads of the mechanism is the usual reason. Take
it apart completely - usually some form of circlip - and clean with a
brass wire brush, and change the 'O' rings at the same time. Use a touch
of vaseline on re-assembley and you'll have a new feeling tap.
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Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW 12
Dave, Thanks to you and the others for the suggestions. No - the
problem is a mysterious one that plagues taps in my house.. after
several years, they develop a groove going accross the seating that
the washer tightens down onto. I don't have a clue what causes it.
IIRC, it looks like someone went accross it with a litlle engraving
tool. May be erosion from chemicals in the water perhaps. I'm in a
hard water area..
It's probably from a leak which went unrepaired for a while, the water wears
away a slot in the seat if allowed to leak.
Be _very_ careful about what sort of reseating tool you use, the ones
sold in diy shops which have three or four straight 'cutters' are useless,
must try to get an old fashioned one which has teeth like a saw.
And, if you do manage to find one like that, let me know as I can't find the
one I had!
Reply to alan(at)windsor-berks(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk
Yes the seat of the taps usually start leaking due to a groove which goes
across the seat. This is common in hard water areas. This maybe, as you say
due to chemicals in the water or impurities in the brass. The cure as you
know is to reseat the tape with a re-seating tool. Some of the cheaper ones
are useless and would take hours the take away the brass to expose a nice
clean seat. I bought one from one of the DIY stores and after finding it
useless I cut off the turning handle and put the shaft into a battery drill
and you can do a tap in a few minutes. Hope this helps, but do keep checking
the seat as you don't won't to take of more brass than neccessary.
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