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…

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…

How to clear air locks

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…

Unblocking waste pipes

Unblocking waste pipes

A waste pipe carrying water from the sink etc does not go straight to the drains. It incorporates a trap in which water lodges to form a seal that stops drain smells from pervading your house. This device can also trap waste matter, which may result in a blockage that stops the water from draining…

Cistern overflows

Cistern overflows

Water gushing out of the overflow pipe is usually a sign that a ball valve is not functioning properly. Inspect the appropriate cistern. Perhaps the ball may be lying partially or fully submerged in the water and thus not raising the arm to shut off the valve when the water has reached the “full’ level…

Re-washering a tap

Re-washering a tap

Taps have washers so that when you close them the seal is watertight. It would not be were metal to meet metal without the interposed washer. Water dripping out of a tap is a sign that the washer is defective. To replace a washer: 1. Shut off the water supply. 2. Remove the shield of…

How To Repair Guttering

How To Repair Guttering

It is tempting to put off replacing old, decaying gutters and downpipes; but delay can lead to damaged fascias and damp walls. And renewing a guttering system is not as daunting a task as you may think. GAINING ACCESS TO THE GUTTERING Any sort of work on house guttering requires safe and easy access to…

How To Plumb In A Shower

How To Plumb In A Shower

Fit a shower as an extra facility in your bathroom, or install it elsewhere to create a new washing area. Either way, nothing comes close to its instantly invigorating spray. This feature looks at what’s involved in plumbing a shower into your existing hot water system. Not only does a permanently plumbed in shower add…

Sealing Around A Sink

Sealing Around A Sink

Light-weight pressed steel sinks tend to move slightly as you lean against them doing the washing up. In time, this movement can weaken any seals between the sink and the adjoining work surfaces or the wall behind. So Sealing Around A Sink is a useful thing to be able to do. If this happens, any…

Replacing A WC Connection – Fixing A Leaking Lavatory Joint

Replacing A WC Connection – Fixing A Leaking Lavatory Joint

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…