Our original bath - 1930s - has taps which fit into the straight end of the
cast iron, the pipes go behind it of course.
The taps are brass and chromium plated although the chrome is wearing.
That's not a problem.
Recently the taps are showing signs of internal wear in that they don't turn
off fully. Spouse has replaced jumpers and washers and everything else but
any running repairs only seems to last for a few weeks. My increasingly
arthritic hands already find it difficult to deal with turning the taps.
I'd like to replace the taps - with identical ones. I've been told that such
taps are now illegal because in theory (although it would be impossible
unless the overflow were blocked) bath water could go up the taps and into
the supply. They are therefore not available. Is this right?
I don't want mixer taps, I don't want taps which come from the 'wall' at the
end of the bath, I don't want taps which fit on the rim of the bath. I just
want to replace the existing taps with something similar to the originals.
Has anyone any ideas, please?
Don't know where to get new ones, but if new washers don't last long it
sounds as if the seats are a bit dodgy. You can buy (or hire?) seat-cutting
tools which just might give the existing taps a new lease of life.
[Not sure how spouse changing his jumper was supposed to help!<g>]
In case that (or hire?) sounds a bit intimidating, I bought mine ages ago
with several differnt size cutters and threads (for seating in tap body)
for only a few quid - I can't recomember how much. but it was of the fiver
"Mary Fisher" wrote
| My increasingly arthritic hands already find it difficult to
| deal with turning the taps.
Capstan tap turner from Arthritis Research Campaign
"Mary Fisher" wrote
| "Owain" wrote
| > | My increasingly arthritic hands already find it difficult to
| > | deal with turning the taps.
| > Capstan tap turner from Arthritis Research Campaign
| > http://www.arc.org.uk/newsviews/arctdy/104/arthaids.htm
| > http://www.arc.org.uk/about_us/shops.htm
| Thanks for that suggestion, Spouse is going to make a lever for me.
| Has been for about three years ... :-)
I had a father like that.
Perhaps printing out several copies of the web page and leaving them around
the house marked "Dear Santa" and "Ideal Stocking Filler" might have an
This any good ?
You can also get tap refurbishing kits from the plumbers merchants or DIY
stores, which consist of just the innards with a new head, but you don't
have to use the head if you don't want to.
They're very nice aren't they!
A bit pricy but worth considering, thanks. I'll put it to him.
He does have a say on occasions. Trouble is, he'll probably think it's a
slur on his manhood ... :-)
Perhaps I could put a pair in his stocking? Hmm.
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