I am not a plumber....I'm just scrounging around for some advice, if anyone
would be kind enough to give it.
I recently installed hot and cold outdoor taps. Instead of doing it the
proper way, I used a couple of Y piece hose splitters and attached them to
the brass washing machine valves where the washing machine hoses attach to
the water supply. I then connected the washing machine hoses to one leg of
the Y pieces and took piping from the other leg to my new outdoor taps.
It was fine at first but then the Y-piece on the hot water started to leak
where it attaches to the washing machine valve. The Y-piece was difficult to
tighten up because it didn't have the kind of wings that you usually see on
washing machine hoses. The Y-piece looks more like this:
Anyway, I thought that it could probably do with being a little tighter so I
got some waterpump pliers on it and tightened it until it stopped leaking. A
couple of days later I had to do it again because it had started dripping
again. About 1 month later I had to do it again but this time it didn't help
and now I think it is overtight and I think the plastic nut is probably
bowing underneath. I'm just guessing there.
Well, what did I do wrong, or are these splitters just too flimsy to do the
job? They are certainly not as substantial as the plastic nuts on washing
Does anyone have any tips? I have just ordered a couple of new splitters but
this time I have gone for a slightly different type. The ones I had have the
rubber built in. I have now ordered ones with a separate rubber washer that
look go together like the ends of washing machine hoses.
I would be grateful of any advice.