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Month: April 2014

Basin waste fitting

The notes below assume that you have removed the old unit.

For basins there is no need to make an overflow connection as this forms an integral part of the appliance. Feltham Plumbers can install basins. The waste fitting is ideally made into the basin with suitable rubber washers but where these are not available the joints can be made as follows:

1). Apply a ring of plumber’s mate or silicone rubber to the underside of the section of the waste fitting that sits in the basin outlet. This joint to be successful the appliance must be absolutely dry, otherwise jointing mediums used will fail to stick to the porcelain.
2). Place the waste fitting in position and apply a second ring of plumbers mate, silicon or a large rubber washer to the area around where the thread pokes through the waste hole of the appliance.
3). Then put on a 32mm polythene washer.
4). Finally, wind a large back nut onto the waste fitting, clamping the whole lot together to form a seal.
5). To prevent the ways fitting turning in the basin while doing up the back nut, poke two screwdrivers through the slots or grates in the waste fitting and hold it secure. A Feltham Plumber carries the correct tools.

Once the appliance is made up you can begin what is referred to as the “second fix”. First, secure the appliance into its location, ensuring it is adequately supported and level. The top of the appliance is plugged in level as the gradient towards the waste is built into the design of the appliance.

Extra Info:
For plastic bath installations there are additional wall fixing clips, provided with the appliance designed to prevent the bath sagging due to the weight of water as it fills.

Emergency task

Tools and materials:
A good long pair of rubber gloves.
Old clothes.
2mtrs of strong twine.
A length of Wood around 300 mm long.
A small Container.
A plastic Bucket.
Old cloths.
A large adjustable wrench.


First fill a bucket with water. Then, remove the heavy lid from the top of the cistern and put it somewhere safe. Reach into the cistern and lift the float. Bridge the top of the tank with the word and tie the float arm up so that the water stops running. Feltham Plumbers can carry out emergency repairs. Use the ball to build a water out of the Tyler pan. With the unit more or less empty, take the wrench and undo the last casting doubt on the underside of the unit. Move the outlet pipe to one side. Depending on your model, undo the not clamps, disconnect the wire that links the flushing lever to the top of the siphon, and then lift the whole site unclear of the tank. It is at this point that you have a choice, you can either replace the whole site and unit, or you can remove the pierced plastic plate from the underside of the siphon, and remove and replace the plastic flap valve. Whichever you choose to do it is a very simple and straightforward operation. Finally, when you have fitted a new flap valve, or purchase a whole new unit, you simply reverse all the fitting procedures as already described, and the job is finally complete.

Note: the trick with this particular job is to make sure that you thoroughly clean and dry all of the washers, Nuts, and surfaces prior to refitting. A Feltham Plumber is a skilled tradesman who can repair all kinds of plumbing problems.

Glossary of plumbing terms

The procedure of setting one part on or against another, such as a socket on a wall, with the help of a measure and spirit level in order to obtain a good line and fit. Feltham Plumbers carry out this action.
An airlock is a trapped pocket of air in a pipe which cuts off the water supply to a tap. This possible cure is to get a length of garden hose, slip it over the affected tap and the kitchen cold water tap and turn them both on to clear.
This is another name for a water storage tank. For example, both the tank behind the WC and the cold water storage tank in the loft can be called cisterns.
This is the lowest tap in an appliance (such as a boiler or radiator) or system, from which water can be drained. To drain the system, you simply slip a garden hose on the drain cock, run the other end of the hose out into the garden and then turn on the tap.
Rising main.
This is the cold water pipe that runs from the water suppliers stopcock to feed water (under pressure) to the kitchen tap and cold water storage tank in the loft. This should be the first valve to be closed in an emergency.
PTFE Tape.
This is a thin, ribbon-like plastic material used to seal threaded fittings. In action, the tape is wrapped around the thread and the joint is tightened up so that the tape fills the ‘V’ section part of the thread. Many plumbers prefer to use the traditional method of wiping the thread with a mastic made from putty, and then finishing by winding over a thread of hemp fibre. A Feltham Plumber uses this tape.
Fused connection unit.
A unit that allows a junction between a higher rated cable and a lower rating cable or flex, with a fuse that will blow to prevent the smaller cable being overloaded.

Installing a new storage cistern

Storage Cisterns used to today are made of plastic and if you are going to install one it is essential to ensure that the bases completely supported, otherwise the way to want to contend will cause the plastic to stretch and eventually break at the unsupported point. Old galvanised ones did not require this total support. These old metal cisterns are invariably left in the roof space and removing them requires extensive additional work. Feltham Plumbers will remove and replace this item. Sometimes, old asbestos ones are encountered. These are fine while in use, but when their past their useful lifespan is essential that they are disposed of safely. Do not cut the material, as this will make a dust which is extremely dangerous to inhale, even a minute particle can be hazardous to your health.

The size of a new cistern should be a minimum capacity of 100Ltrs if it is to serve only either a system of cold or a system of hot water, however, this volume should be at least 200Ltrs ideally 250Ltrs if it is to serve both cold and hot supplies. In order to provide the best pressure possible at the outlet points, such as showers and taps, the cistern should be located as high as possible, which may require the construction of a supporting frame. If you make a stand it is essential that you use sufficiently strong timbers and breasts to ensure that it can take the weight of the cistern when full of water. The weight of water is quite substantial for example 1 Ltr of water weighs 1kg, therefore, 250L of water would weigh 250kg which is equal to a quarter of at ton. A Feltham Plumber is aware of this.One point to note is that it is essential that no jointing pastes compounds are used to make the connections to the unit as these will have a detrimental effect on the plastic walls of the unit, causing it to break down and reducing the expected lifespan quite drastically. The connections are made with what are referred to as tank connectors. These are simply passed through a hole made in the unit, with a plastic washer included, and when the fitting that is tightened it clamped tightly to the system wall.

Clear a blocked sink

The sink is full of dirty washing of water. You pull the plug and nothing happens. Everything looks fine, there is no noise or dribbling water under the sink, and nothing unusual about from the fact that the water doesn’t go away, its blocked!

Tools and materials:
Sink plunger.
Small soft plastic bowl.
Large adjustable wrench.
Old wire coat hanger.
Plastic bucket.
Plenty of old cloths.


Take the plastic bowl, hold it rim the side down and plunge it up and down against the waste whole. Feltham Plumbers do this. If you are lucky, you will hear gurgling noise and the water will begin to run away. If the water stays, take the sink plunger and repeat the procedure as already described, only this time, block the overflow hole and be slightly more vigorous in your approach. If the water stays, use the basin to bail the water from the sink and into the bucket. Remove all the items from under the sink, and put on your old clothes. With the bucket placed at the ready under the sink, take the wrench and very carefully undo the cleaning eye or, if it’s a bottle trap, the lower part of the bottle. Let the last dregs in the sink and the contents of the U-bend or bottle trap fall into the bucket. Take the wire coathanger and reshape itself into a probing hook that suits the shape of your particular trap use the wire to fish around the U-bend end or in the trap, to poke out all those long, greasy strands of hair and bits of debris that has caused the blockage in the sink. A Feltham Plumber can sort this task easily. Use washing-up liquid and an old toothbrush to clean up all the grease to enable the waste water to drain away fast. Reseal the trap and run the water into the sink to check that it runs away. Make sure the system is not leaking. Cleanup, wash your hands and the job is done.

Types of Plumbing Tools

Chain Wrench.
A tool with a handle a toothed jaw and a chain used to grip pipes and large nuts. The chain is wrapped over the item to be turned, engage the chain with the toothed jaw and lever with the handle so it grips. It is a very useful tool for working on, old pipework, large nuts and threaded galvanized pipes.

Measuring Tools.
You will need to own two measuring tools, a wood, metal or plastic rule for sizing and marking holes. A flexible tape measure for longer measuring jobs like position of taps, radiators and lengths of pipework.

The Basin Wrench.
Is a wrench with a longer handle and is specifically designed for use when fitting taps. The jaw of the wrench is turned over into ‘tighten’ or ‘untighten’ mode and then is operated with a pivoting movement.

Wood Chisels.
You need a set of chisels for chopping and cutting wood for setting pipework in joists and cutting holes in plasterboard. Used with a hammer, goggles and mask. Feltham Plumbers carry these tools.

A good pair of pliers are very useful. Long nosed for electrics and large for heavy work such as soldering and WC valves and others for lots of hard to do tasks.

Spirit Level.
A tool to check that fittings and fixtures are level and true . Available in lots of sizes and types. Most common used are small wooden bodied with the level set in the middle. Great tool and carried by a Feltham Plumber .

Three hammers are used, a claw hammer for general work knocking in nails and clawing out old. A small tack hammer for pins and very small nails and large headed clump hammer for lifting floorboards and chopping holes in plaster and brickwork. An essential tool.