I popped into B&Q in Reading yesterday afternoon and passed by the
plumbing section. I came across some long flexible connectors which
were 2-3 feet in length.
These look like just the job for connecting bath taps and other
plumbing jobs where access is limited. It begs the question about
whether these flexible connectors are worth considering?
Seems to me that they must be okay because our shower pump is
connected via flexies - and there's never been a sign of a leak in the
8 years we've been here.
Anyone got any good/bad experience with flexies?
I like the concertina style copper for jobs where they're hidden behind
panels or partitions, maybe just feels more secure, but the webbing covered
neoprene tube is OK in sites were it can be got at easily, like under sinks,
wash basins and things. I've very seldom heard of anyone having problems
with them mind you.
I love them. (flexi-braided ones). I have a serious aversion to
measuring, which frequently affects my choice of tools, and these are
brilliant. Even I can't mis-judge the gap badly enough for them to not
fit. I have used them in my bathroom, girlfriends kitchen, and a
friends bathroom. No problems with any. Piece of cake, just make sure
the 'tap' end washers haven't fallen out.
I've just used two of these to effect repairs to some dodgy jointing on my
plumbing. One was a 22mm to Tap connector and hasn't yet leaked (6
weeks). And on Tuesday I fitted a short 15mm/15mm flexi to replace
two 90 degree bends at the back of a kitchen cupboard, under the sink.
Dead easy to fit, just make sure the pipes are clean etc....
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Only good, but then again I've only used 2 on the taps in the kitchen.
Nearly fitted them when replacing a kitchen sink recently but one tap
was too far away to use the shorter one and the longer one was too
The flexible waste pipes they do have come in handy too.
They are usually fine, but I did have a problem with one once, which
required me to replace it with fixed pipework.
The system was on mains pressure and something about the geometry of it
caused it to sometimes hum VERY loudly for 5 minutes after any tap in the
house was closed. A shock arrestor might have fixed it, but all the plumbing
merchants were too neanderthal to know what one was and I couldn't wait for
it to be delivered via the Internet.
I used them to plumb in the rads on my central heating. I was refurbing at
the time & thought it would let me take the rads off the walls to
repair/decorate etc. I was going to replace them with copper later but have
decided the stainless steel braid pretty funky and have kept them. Even if
you don't like the look, you can cover them with those white plastic pipe
covers & still have them removable for servicing.
No problems so far.
B&Q not at all the cheapest tho, got mine from BES for less than 2quid a
Actually, that seems a very good idea. If you've got ones with the service
valve in them, you can just turn off the service valve, turn off the
radiator valves, and remove radiator (with valves connected) to drain/flush
outside. Do (or little) change of black sludge draining out.
And as you said - just put covers over them to hide the braid.
Only two downsides I can think of:
- Often the bore is quite small, especially on 22mm-3/4" flexi
tap connectors, which will restrict the flow a bit.
- They do not help combat spinny-tap syndrome (one of my hates)
as rigid piping would. So you need other means to do that.
I've used them for all the taps and for the wc inlet fitting. You can
get them with built-in stop-valve for added convenience. I've even
bought a couple from B&Q in Reading 8^)
Ben Edgington <><
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