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  1. GameForkStudio

    GameForkStudio New Member

    Hi all,
    A novice question.
    I am trying to replace the kitchen tap. The current tap is soldered to copper pipes under the sink. I will need to cut those but I don't want to do any soldering (don't have the tools/knowledg) so I was looking at other types of connectors.

    I found the following push fit connector:
    https://www.screwfix.com/p/tectite-sprint-brass-push-fit-adapting-male-coupler-15mm-x/94310

    It is Manufactured from Copper and DZR Brass.
    1- Is it suitable for drinking water?
    2- Can pressure fit handle mains pressure.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. townfanjon

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    You will probably find the copper tails are screwed into the tap not soldered , you will be able to get a flexi hose to help you install the new tap , most come with flexis these days .
     
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  3. GameForkStudio

    GameForkStudio New Member

    You are probably right about the copper tails but I can't unscrew them because they are soldered to copper pipes under the sink.
     
  4. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    You will need to cut the old tap off then. Get a pipe cutter. Be warned. Most of these copper tails narrow the closer to the tap you get
     
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  5. GameForkStudio

    GameForkStudio New Member

    Thanks for the reply. But it still doesn't answer my original questions about that part. Is it suitable for drinking water and mains pressure?
     
  6. chris watkins

    chris watkins Plumber

    https://www.screwfix.com/p/hose-15mm-x-m10mm-x-300mm-2-pack/66361
    If the new taps don't come with suitable hoses then just buy a new pair such as these with a 15mm compression joint to connect to the copper pipes under the old taps once you cut & remove them. (the ones in the link don't seem to be WRAS approved- see below)

    Please make sure that both the new taps & the hoses (or any fittings used) are WRAS approved otherwise you could fall foul of the Water Supply (water fittings) Regulations 1999.
     
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2019
  7. GameForkStudio

    GameForkStudio New Member

    Thanks Chris. I didn't know about WRAS.
     
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  8. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Ignorance is no excuse. Big fines or worse if you get it wrong
     
  9. GameForkStudio

    GameForkStudio New Member

    That's why I asked the experts :D
     
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  10. chris watkins

    chris watkins Plumber

    Unfortunately nor do most people, they naively think that just because it is on sale in this country it can be used.
     
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  11. Marc Bowers

    Marc Bowers GSR

    Look here
    WRAS search.
    Approval number 1607066
    Without looking I'm guessing that the coupler is one of the 1180 Tectite Sprint fittings that is WRAS approved
     
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  12. Marc Bowers

    Marc Bowers GSR

    So, Yes it is suitable for drinking water and Yes, they can handle mains pressure. Hope that answers your question.
    Flexi's on the other hand are common and can get you out of a lot of problems with misaligned pipework but be careful if you have a low pressure hot supply as the bore on the flexi's can be very small as they are better suited to high pressure supplies, in that instance, you can't beat a full flow copper tap tail. (Or in my opinion a separate hot and cold tap!)
     
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