Anyway, I'm now beginning to wonder about some rubber tap washers I
I bought mixed tap washers to add to some I already had. I also got
rubber or fibre versions of those usual flat-ring washers and added
those to my collection.
I can't get rid of just the pound shop rubber washers because they
are all mixed together with good rubber washers!
Is the rubber used in cheap tap washers usually naff and perishes
quickly. Or do they actually hold out well?
alt.consumers.uk-discounts.and.bargains and uk.d-i-y
I've bought kits of 'bargain' tap washers from Silverline & found them next
to useless. Far too hard to get onto the jumper assembly.
Dave - The Medway Handyman
They are unlikely to be made from a WRAS approved material. That means you
have no idea what they may be leaching into your drinking water.
How's your maths try this for a teaser- a tap washer weighing 5 grams which
may contain 5% of a plastisiser of which 10% may leach out over time is used
for twelve months during which 30 litres per day passed the washer how
concentrated would the solution be ? How much more would you consume if you
nibble your pen top while working this out?
Acceptable levels of pollutant in drinking water include 0.5 mg/l nitrites
: 50 mg/l nitrates 0.50 mg/l ammonium: 250 mg/l Chlorides
all hugely more and lets not get started on the pipes in houses built pre
1970. lead anybody?
and no the washers behave no differently than those from the hardware shop
and are just as easy to fit to penny on a stick type valves.
> Is the rubber used in cheap tap washers usually naff and perishes
> quickly. Or do they actually hold out well?
I had problems with all types of tap washers for years. The fibre ones
worked well but wore out quickly. The rubber and plastic ones made a
dreadful noise when the tap was turned on.
I solved the problem by fitting a pressure reducing valve in the main
pipe to the house. I've not had to replace a washer since.
There's also a tendency, on the part of some, to screw down a tap so hard
that it takes two hands to turn it on again. This will shorten the life of
Yes agreed, it is typical FUD: Fear, uncertainty and doubt.
I always ensure that the "H" & "C" markings are correctly oriented when the
tap is turned off enough. - Then lecture anyone who turns one too far.
I think its too hard, which encourages people to use more force to turn the
tap off. The ones I buy at my local 'proper' plumbing shop are much softer.
> Hello Derek. Phew that makes for a worry! I was looking for inf
> on the probability of that sort of level of dangerous pollution
> occurring in any tap washer.
It varies, there have been incidences of accidental pollution.
> I hope what you describe was not typical of washers sold in the UK
> in conventional plumbing shops until the Water Regs were
Wouldn't know myself, but UK used to install lead pipes for water.
> I also HOPE that the level of danger you describe is
> not likely in ultra-cheap imported washers. If you see what I
I'm not sure just how well such things are tested, but as with anything
from the pound shops from sandpaper (50 sheets of stuff as useful for
as toilet paper) to tumblers and plastic tupperwear you assume it's safe.
For that reason I've never brought food from poundshops.
> It is that sort of thing I would like to know more about. Could
> you help with that? Thank you.
I've never thought of tape washers or even tumblers/glasses being safe
from contaminants, but if a reputable company in china can put dodgy
chemicals in baby milk, I won't be wiping my arse on toilet paper from
you never know what might be in the paper and destroying more than
just your klingons. :)