Working With Pipes

The ability to join lengths of pipe to each other and to other plumbing fittings is a basic skill that must be acquired by every amateur plumber. Light gauge copper and stainless steel tubing is commonly used in hot and cold water supply. The easiest way to join pipes of these materials is with non-manipulative … Read more

The Basic Domestic Water System

Be sure you understand the layout and operation of your household hot and cold water services and drainage system before attempting alterations or improvements to bathroom or kitchen plumbing. Cold water services Your responsibility for the water supply to your home begins at the water authority’s stop-cock. This will be found at the bottom of … Read more

Ball Valve Problems

If a cistern overfills and water runs from the overflow pipe, the inlet valve is not closing early enough and the water is rising higher than the intended level. A metal or plastic ball floating on the water is connected to a lever that works and controls the valve. If the rubber washer, which fits … Read more

Clearing An Air Lock

Air in a water system will cause a jerky flow of water from a tap and make knocking noises. Usually, the air can be driven out by letting the tap run for a time. Very often the problem is in the hot tap in the kitchen. If this is so, it maybe possible to get … Read more

How to clear air locks

Air locks can occur in radiators, towel rails and in the circulating pump of a heating system. They must be cleared by means of “bleeding” the air. Radiators. If any one radiator or a heated towel rail fails to reach normal temperature when others are operating correctly, suspect an air lock. First check that the … Read more

Pipework–Joining, Cutting and Bending Pipes

At one time all plumbing work was done with lead pipe (the word “plumbing- is derived from the Latin for lead). Then iron pipework (galvanised to stop it from rusting) was introduced. Many houses still have pipes in these materials, which are not practicable for the do-it-yourself plumber. On the other hand, copper pipe can … Read more

How To Stop A Toilet Cistern Overflowing

How To Stop A Toilet Cistern Overflowing

TOILET CISTERN OVERFLOW Overflows here are caused by a failure of the ball valve washer controlling the water flow. Most probably your problem valve is an old one. In this case the replacement washer will be rubber, in an Imperial size —almost certainly ‘A in. (to match the supply pipe). Start the repair by shutting … Read more

How To Use Microbore Pipe For Central Heating

how to use microbore pipe

WORKING WITH MICROBORE PIPE Flexible microbore pipe can be easier to work with than conventional rigid copper tube. But only if you know how to handle it. To cut it, use a junior hacksaw. Ream out the inside carefully — you cannot afford to make the diameter any smaller than it already is. It is … Read more

Replacing A WC Connection – Fixing A Leaking Lavatory Joint

replacing a wc connection

A leaking lavatory joint between a lavatory pan and its soil pipe should be attended to immediately —even if you can only carry out a temporary repair. As an emergency measure, clean and dry the area thoroughly and wrap it tightly with heavy duty sealing bandage such as Sylglas. This should be viewed as a temporary … Read more