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  1. CBW1982

    CBW1982 GSR Top Contributor!!

    As per the title, I've only ever used what is supplied to me - top hat washers. The thing is just been called back to one where the top hat is broken, am I better with a split kick washer or anything else better?
     
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  2. Ben-gee

    Ben-gee Plumber Top Contributor!!

    With a problematic or inaccessible tap I’m inclined to use brass back nuts as these can be done up with gay abandon in the knowledge the nut won’t split or start jumping threads like the plastic ones can do. Obviously have to still be careful not to damage ceramic, but this is surprisingly hard to do.
     
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  3. CBW1982

    CBW1982 GSR Top Contributor!!

    Thanks Ben-gee, but I've used brass back nuts it's the top hat washer that has broken :(
     
  4. Millsy 82

    Millsy 82 Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I've only ever used top hats I think I've had 1 or 2 break in the past but 99.9% have been fine. I just thought it was me being heavy handed.
     
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  5. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber

    I never use the top hats partly because they are weak and I see some the others installed cracked.
    Basins with 2 taps I use Essex Fix a Taps and pipe in all copper.
    I don’t like them for baths.
    On kitchen and bath twin taps I use lead washers and silicone and brass back nuts. Old fashioned, but the brass nuts lock up well.
    Also again all copper to the taps, with no push fit connections (which would allow rotation)
     
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  6. CBW1982

    CBW1982 GSR Top Contributor!!

    Might be because flexi's were used, just got some split kick washers see how they pan out.

    Cheers for replies everyone
     
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    Best Trusted Plumber

    Have you ever came across stainless steel ‘top hats’ ?
    I liked them and they were unbreakable.
    Not really designed like plastic type.
    The metal type are just a thin ‘cup’ shape, but grip into the base of bath or sink.
    The plastic are designed to flex and grip, but I aways thought of them as too weak
     
  8. CBW1982

    CBW1982 GSR Top Contributor!!

    Can't say I have, but like I said I'm used to using what's provided by company, which is plastic top hats. I've seen the old lead washers on removing taps but wasn't sure if available?
     
  9. quality

    quality Plumber GSR

    Brass nut and rubber gasket. Brass and Rubber does sound wrong lol
     
  10. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    All we use is wide flanged brass back nuts with a washer under to releave the point pressure on uneven pottery which is a source of cracking. We always do up with a deep socket.
    I also love tap fix kits. Very simple & very effective as both a seal and keeping good & tight long term. Never ever had to go back to one.
     
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  11. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber

    Just make them from a cut off piece of sheet lead.
    Used to be the normal method of making washers
     
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  12. Ben-gee

    Ben-gee Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Probably have to fill in a health and safety or COSH assessment form to touch the lead if you work for a company these days
     
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  13. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber

    stainless steel top hats - Google Search:
     
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  14. Ben-gee

    Ben-gee Plumber Top Contributor!!

    I have noticed that some of the plastic top hats are really good with lots of rubbing under for strength and some are utterly useless and just fly to pieces as you graunch them up - that’s why I don’t bother with them any more.
     
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  15. CBW1982

    CBW1982 GSR Top Contributor!!

    So I fitted the split kick, but hole in stainless steel sink didn’t take the lugs, so just kept tightening until it compressed down, tap doesn’t move now, so here’s hoping.
     
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