I'm trying to connect a hose pipe (Hozelock) to a cold water tap/mains but
have no outside garden tap and the connector for the kitchen sink taps are
useless (water splutters everywhere when connecting). The only secure and
nearby source seems to be the washing machine cold water feed tap.
Question.... Would I be able to use this tap for a hose pipe (I presume a
Hozelock threaded tap connector should fit this?)
If so, what other devices can I use so that I do not have to frequently
disconnect the washing machine pipe? I have been looking at a possibility of
a plastic "y-hose splitter" for this, which is usually for dishwasher
connection. But there seems to be no regulator on these splitters (on/off)
for the other threaded end (hose pipe will not always be connected to the
This is a "How long is a pice of string" question.
Not an easy job but if the pipe you want to connect to is by an outside
wall. There are kits available in most DIY stores that will clamp around
your 15mm water pipe and bore a small hole into the pipe, giving you a feed.
The kit will also have a pice of hose and an outside tap. All you have to do
is follow the instructions. The hard part is making the hole through the
Whilst this is the best permanent solution, an alternative is to use a
washing machine type, self-boring valve. That will avoid the need for a
Y adaptor and give a leak-proof connection point.
Another alternative is to use the Y adaptor, with a short length of hose
ending in a self-sealing push-fit hose connector. Just plug the hose
into that connector (with or without turning off the supply valve).
Yet another alternative is to use the Y adaptor, with a standard washing
machine hose, a back to back coupler and another reverse-connected valve.
I'd consider doing a 'proper' job and inserting an inline T junction,
you will then be able to fit an outside tap with the mandatory non
return valve independent of the WM outlet.
It may take a bit more time and planning, but with compression
fittings not too difficult for anyone with DIY inclinations. The
problem with the clamp on puncture type take off points is that they
rely on a small circular flap of copper being cut out of the existing
pipe and bent back slightly. Usually this flap stays in place but not
always, also the hole is small and this can mean that you won't get
full pressure/volume being delivered at the garden tap outlet.
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