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Discuss Hand made copper tap - swivel action? in the Plumbing Forum area at UKPlumbersForums.co.uk.

  1. minmax89

    minmax89 Member

    Hi everyone!

    I've just made a kitchen tap for a customer. She's delighted with it as it is but its wrecking my head that it doesn't swivel. I can't imagine a fitting that I could have soldered in that would give a water tight swivel action and equally as important, keeps that all copper look.

    Then I saw a pic of a hand made copper tap on instagram and it looks like it has one? Could I be right??

    This is the copper tap I made:
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    And this is the one on instagram:
    Oliver Archibald on Instagram: “Built my self a tap. #plumbing #copper #Featherfinish #plumbproud #art #propercopper @archieplumbing #StupidFackingTap #properCopper…”


    And before anyone comments on mine I did want to make it out of end feed fittings but here in Ireland everything is imperial so I only had 3/4" pipe and 3/4" solder ring fittings. The plumbing shop had to 'order in' the end feed and they were 22mm. The guy said "just fill it will solder"! So I didn't.

    Cheers!
    Adam
     
  2. minmax89

    minmax89 Member

    Stop the press!

    Its a Yorkshire tectite fitting isn't it!

    Would this work long term though???
     
  3. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Well spotted!
    Yes & No. IT will work well IF you blather it with a high tack silicone grease. It will be tight at first but should ease up.
    However, it will need replacing every so often so make sure whatever you use is properly demountable so it can be replaced.
    BTW could not see yours!
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2019
  4. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Not everyone does face ache!
     
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  5. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Another way of doing it would be to use a compression coupling and instead of an olive use an O-ring or two. Drill & tap one face of the nut to take a grub screw. Tighten the nut so that the O-rings are compressed 'just enough' and then use the grubscrew to lock off the nut.
     
  6. minmax89

    minmax89 Member

    This was my one

    ACB24170-29A1-4251-95F9-AAA091D11693.jpeg
     
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  7. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Sorry to be picky, but are those stop cocks WRAS approved or cheepies? ;)
     
  8. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Looks good
     
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  9. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    And they are upside down.
     
  10. minmax89

    minmax89 Member

    Not sure they are. The arrow on the side is pointing up.
     
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  11. minmax89

    minmax89 Member

    I can imagine they are cheapies!
     
  12. Craig Watson

    Craig Watson Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Looks good, I hope you installed check valves :p
     
  13. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    My error.
     
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  14. minmax89

    minmax89 Member

    As in non-return valves or isolation valves?
     
  15. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs S. Mod Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    If balanced pressures not needed
     
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