I have changed the washer on two old - very old - taps in my house, (I think the taps are about 40 years old), and they are still leaking after having replaced the 1/2 inch washers.
To be frank, I am not certain is the half inch washer is the right size as each tap looks as if it could do with a slightly bigger washer - anyone know if older taps used to have 'bigger' size washers and, if so, where can I lay my hands on replacements today?
Anyhow, after replacing the washers the taps are still dripping and so my options appear to be:
1) Buy a hand grinder and grind down the seat. I have never done this before, have no idea how difficult it is and whether it works or not?
2) Replace the taps altogether. I have never done this before and I have put off doing it as the copper pipes leading to the taps look old, are in a difficult place, etc, etc, but it is something I have been thinking about doing/learning so... If I go down this route what things should I be wary of and what new whizz bang products are available in terms of fittings there days - i.e. should I consider those flexible pipes that fit on taps, push-fit fittings, etc?
Any thoughts, advice on the above would be of use,