Anybody else had similar. I replaced our En-Suite approx 6 months ago and
when replacing the toilet used the existing tap connector (copper not flexi)
but renewed the fibre washer. After approx 3 months SWMBO noticed the joint
between the connector and infill pipe was weeping. I investigated and found
that the new fibre washer was in fact split, so I replaced it and everything
OK. I periodically checked it and no leaking at all. Yesterday SWMBO
noticed a weeping again whilst doing the cleaning. I have investigated
again and another split washer! The seat of the tap connector and infill
pipe are not rough, cut, sharp etc. Why would this happen after 3 months
and not straight away? I have replaced the washer today but this time I
have used a suitably sized O ring.
I suspect that the cistern or pipework has been flexing slightly. The fibre
washers are ridiculously thin/narrow these days.
Using an O ring is a far better solution and I doubt if you will have any
trouble from it.
Why do they make fittings that need fibre washers when it must be at
least 50 years since neoprene or synthetic washers appeared. Is there
any advantage to 'fibre'?
Does anyone make neoprene washers in fibre washer sizes?
I had the water off & drained whilst on holiday once. On return, I
turned it on, bath taps leaked, water through ceiling. Turned it off,
drained it, removed panel, turned water on to find leak, no leak.
Yes, in a 'plumbers repair kit' bought from BES a couple of years ago
Hand tight and a further 1/2 turn with a spanner
I realise this, a fact I have known since my now deceased grandad explained
this to me some 25+ years ago, along with how you can NEVER wire a 3 pin
plug incorrectly, (which incedently works for ALL wiring colour specs, old,
recent and the new colours, I think I may patent it!). My goodness I miss
those educational chats we used to have!
What....for a failsafe method that has been stored in my head since the mid
1970s? You will have to ask better than that. Every time I put a plug on
the old chap is there looking over my shoulder and repeating the
This would make more sense to me, if the colours were changed again;
Blue - live - as in Electric Blue. I see electricity as blue.
Brown - earth - because earth (soil) is brown.
Magnolia - neutral - because it is.
As it is I reckon BLue and BRown should remind people that the bLue goes to
the Left and the bRown goes to the Right in a plug.
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