I found some wet carpet inside my built in wardrobe the other week, theres a shower on the other side of the wall so I jumped right in and cut a couple good size inspection holes to check things out as you do (eek lol)
I fixed the leak issue and left the bottom inspection hole unrepaired so i can recheck on water leaks in a couple weeks
I got to chatting to a stranger today about leaks and tapware in general while fishing today though, and he mentioned he has taps that dont need washers? (his are half turn ceramic taps apparently)
Where can i get these magical taps? hahahha. Im forever replacing tap washers due my son turning into the hulk when he turns the taps off. Can i just unbolt my current tap handles and replace with the magic ones? he wasnt sure how they worked and neither am I lols (but if i need a access hole for retrofitting or somthing I probably already got one lols)
PS my laundry is coming along as well
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Great work fixing the leak and repairing the plaster @Prawns.
I believe they were likely referring to ceramic disc spindles. Instead of a rubber valve, they have a ceramic disc that allows water to flow. You'll find them in both quarter and half turn options. You could either retrofit your current handles with new spindles or replace everything with a new tap set. Unlike the older rubber valve type, there is no need to crank down on the handle to stop the water flow.
If you've ever removed a tap spindle to change the valve washer, it's the same process when installing the new ceramic spindle. Simply remove the current spindle and replace it. This is all done from inside the shower, so you are free to patch up your hole when ready.
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Yep Ive pulled out tap spindles before so that sounds like a nice easy upgrade Appreciate the advice and weblinks cheers mate
Science or magic? Does anyone know the history of the ceramic tap valve?
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