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  1. Jason Hodges

    Jason Hodges New Member

    Morning I hope someone can assist as the constant dripping is driving me crazy.
    On the image supplied please can someone tell my how to change a washer on these taps?
    Surely it must be an easy 5min job.
    Thanks in advance .

  2. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Welcome to our world Jason!

    Firstly, it IS indeed a small quickish job when you have the correct kit.

    However, and here comes the bad news, your tap doesn't use washers. It uses what is termed a 'cartridge' and there are approx 5000 in use in British taps. The only way to determine exactly which you have is to remove one and do some accurate measurements. It is impossible, genuinely, to tell from the outside. This is why I invented my product.

    If you are a competent DIYer then take a nose at our site where you can buy a small kit to do the job. If not, then on our site (under approved installers) you will find a local plumber with a kit to do it for you.

    The tap you have, as I'm sad and recognise it, is actually made of reasonably good brass so is worth keeping. Putting new cartridges in will set it back to perfect working order and mean you can keep it for as long as you wish. The alternative is to throw it away and start afresh.

    To get a similar quality of brass you'll be looking at approx £200 just for a tap (the kitchen needs something reasonable as it's used more than ALL the rest put together) plus fitting. :)
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  3. Jason Hodges

    Jason Hodges New Member

    Yorkshire Dave many thanks for your rapid response , do you have a link to your site or am I being stupid
  4. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!
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  5. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    I think I’m being thick too Dave where’s the link?
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  6. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Deleted as I'm daft.
  7. Riley

    Riley S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Ha ha
  8. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber

    Not quite on the ball this morning eh, you missed Rileys curve ball there. :D
  9. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Too early for me Bud ;):rolleyes:
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  10. bogrodder

    bogrodder Plumber GSR

    Dave, I’ve just popped into the link and seen the logo, it’s your avatar. Is it your website?
  11. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    It is indeed our website.
    Red = hot
    Blue = cold
    Green = env friendly ;)
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  12. bogrodder

    bogrodder Plumber GSR

    Looks a great product, is it your design Dave?
  13. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Thank you. It is indeed. 3 years of jolly hard work and sleepless nights ;)
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
  14. JCplumb

    JCplumb Plumber

    Saw the tap medic kit on PB Plumbers twitter feed, lots of interest on that feed. Looking good Dave :)
  15. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Thanks JC. Pete likes it a lot as does Andy Cam (I love plumbing). Both are extremely experienced engineers who, as yet, have been unable to find 'fault' with it which has pleased me no end :)

    Andy is so enraptured with it, he's promoting it almost 24/7 to everyone and anyone who'll listen! Bless his cotton socks :cool:

    I think it's fair to say that it's a true 'Professional's solution' so doesn't suit everybody. Some people witter on about it 'looking' complicated, however if you can fit a new diaphragm into a fill valve you can make a cartridge. Those kinds of comments make me despair of both the motivations and general levels of competence in our industry. I suppose lastly, and I must shut up :rolleyes:, those who just don't care will never see it as valuable because all they do is a 'job'; we, daft bu66ers, however are genuinely proud of what we do, and how we help people, so we'll be the people proud to carry a case into a customer's kitchen as it clearly says 'Professional' to them when it lands on their counter ;););)
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