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  1. Bogart

    Bogart Member

    Might be missing the obvious but here goes. I had a leaking on/off shower ceramic disc valve , was leaking from the spindle shaft so replaced both O rings and thought all would be fine, oh no. Put it all back in and now on/off function has no effect. There is play in so much as I can pull and push the spindle by a couple of mm. If when the shower is running I push against the on/off handle and hence the spindle the flow rate lessens. I have cleaned everything and all surfaces look to be fine.There is a circlip to stop the spindle and hence the gubbins from exiting the rear of the body but as I say there is a good 2mm or so of play on this. Missing the obvious?
  2. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Change the whole insert.
  3. Bogart

    Bogart Member

    At 20 0dd pounds I would rather not.The only problem before taking it apart were the O rings on the valve spindle everything else worked ok.
  4. Murdoch

    Murdoch Active Member

    Unfortunately cartridge taps and valves need continuous replacing ..
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  5. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Ceramic disc cartridges are not designed to be refurbed.

    They work or they are fooked.

    But your choice.
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  6. Bogart

    Bogart Member

    Well I was missing the obvious. Having sat and looked at it noting the 2mm play in it which was not there before it had to be something obvious. So I then think if there was a washer in there problem solved and so it proved washer was sitting in corner of the bathroom.
    Fitted and all tickety-boo. Thanks for the input guys.
  7. Phil

    Phil Plumber

    I was going to say, I bet that silicone washer jobby has dropped out and tried to roll down the drain. Hope it lasts!
  8. Ric2013

    Ric2013 Plumber

    Damn. You beat me to it. I was also about to say are you sure you haven't left a washer sitting in the corner of the bathroom somewhere ;)
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  9. Bogart

    Bogart Member

    Lady luck smiling on me normally would have never found it.:)
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