I've just spent 2 hours getting the built-in diswasher out (buggerit) at
mum and dad's house (built 1960) to have a look at why the stopcock is
stuck. Well, the shaft was all crudded up, so I slackened off the gland
nut and got it all freed up.
However, when I came to turn the water off, it didn't. We nearly got
there, but when fully closed, the water still trickles through.
Anyway, the water main is lead and the stopcock is lead at one end
(sweated to the lead pipe) and copper compression at the other. I Can't
therefore change the stopcock without working on the lead pipe, which I
don't particulary want to do.
So, the current plan is to go to Wickes tomorrow and purchase the following:
1. New stopcock
2. Assorted washer kit
3. Tap reseating tool (Monument if poss)
4. Pipe freezing kit
5. Another pipe freezing kit
The plan then being to try and fix the existing stopcock one way or another.
1. The Monument tap reseater has taper (cone) and parallel versions. Any
idea which version I might need?
2. If I buy a new 15mm stopcock, what is the chance I can use the moving
parts from the new stopcock on the body of the old stopcock?
3. Alternatively, can I buy a "service kit" for a 1960 stopcock?
4. Do Wickes pipe freezing kits work on lead pipe?
5. Do you really get 40-45 mins of working time with the pipe freezing kit?
- posted 12 years ago