Outside Tap Advice

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Found 7th Jun 2015
Hi,

I've realised replacing my outside tap at the moment will be fairly costly so I'm looking for an alternative to sort it.

Basically, the tap itself as a screw spout so rather than the standard tap where you can pop a hose on it, you need to buy an adapter for it.

I bought a plastic one and when installed the water comes out fine, the minute you click the hozelock on, it squirts everywhere at the tap where the adapter is fitted.

The adapter is plastic - is that the problem? Will it be worth buying a brass tap adapter?

Thanks
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Wrap some PTFE tape around the thread before you put the plastic adapter on.
I reckon the plastic adapter is missing the rubber sealing washer.
Get a brass one, only around £5 and will last a lifetime.
If its the joint between the adaptor and the hoselock fitting thats leaking then Id suggest getting a better fitting as its not sealing properly with the fitting rubber seal.
http://i.gyazo.com/2259a5392e54e2839883c0c3ec0ab611.png
Do a search for Hozelock 3/4 inch BSP Female Thread Tap Connector 2175
Edited by: "arachnoid" 7th Jun 2015
The hozelock gun came with a little white adapter that you could screw on but it was too small for my tap, so how will I know if it's the right one?
The item you suggested -

http://www.diy.com/departments/hozelock-threaded-tap-connector/178776_BQ.prd

That came with my gun but it's very slightly too small to fit my tap.

I was looking at this one -

http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/bib-tap-hose-connector-597766

But I don't think it'll work?
Edited by: "jaydog69" 7th Jun 2015
jaydog69

The item you suggested - … The item you suggested - http://www.diy.com/departments/hozelock-threaded-tap-connector/178776_BQ.prdThat came with my gun but it's very slightly too small to fit my tap.I was looking at this one - http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/bib-tap-hose-connector-597766But I don't think it'll work?


The first link has 2 fittings in one. the white attachment can be unscrewed for larger fittings. Just remove this and it should fit fine onto your garden tap
No, even that doesn't fit! It's slightly too big so doesn't green the tap thread. Also there was no washer with it either which was weird?
Measure across the tap thread and post its actual size
2.2cm on the actual tap thread itself
http://i59.tinypic.com/nl4p5j.jpg
http://i60.tinypic.com/110gbco.jpg
This adapter came with my hozelock gun but it's very slightly too big for the tap thread

http://i57.tinypic.com/2af0olk.jpg
Well 1/2" BSP is 15mm and 3/4" BSP is 22mm so Id say you have the right fitting its may be your tap thread is slightly worn hence the loose fit.
You have a couple of options
1: use ptfe tape around the thread as per Stuarts suggestion [available at DIY shops] or Boss white paste
2; change out the tap for a new one [it should unscrew from the wall pipe at the hex nut]
3: use a Hozelock Round Tap Connector

http://i.gyazo.com/8d2140c491c09488179fd758d54d36d9.png

You might consider lagging it to stop the pipework freezing and splitting in winter too.



Edited by: "arachnoid" 8th Jun 2015
Thanks. The tap thread isn't worn though.

That last connector, how does that work?
Its made for flat taps but it should work for your situation.The grey rubber pushes over the end of the tap and you tighten the clip till you have a good seal.

http://i.gyazo.com/9bfe77f2beb81daa1cdc937401220ff1.png
Edited by: "arachnoid" 8th Jun 2015
Thanks, I'll try the homebase one I bought today and if that doesn't work, I'll have to buy the one you suggested
Max diameter of the round connector is 18mm... grr... the diameter of my tap is 22mm
I don't get why you aren't growing a pair and doing it live. Yes you will get a bit wet, but it's hardly cold outside and you can change straight away. Open the kitchen sink cold tap full to make it a bit more manageable, then have the new one ptfed up, quick spin out, spin in, and done. The water will be spraying a matter of seconds, simple job.
pinkleponkle

I don't get why you aren't growing a pair and doing it live. Yes you … I don't get why you aren't growing a pair and doing it live. Yes you will get a bit wet, but it's hardly cold outside and you can change straight away. Open the kitchen sink cold tap full to make it a bit more manageable, then have the new one ptfed up, quick spin out, spin in, and done. The water will be spraying a matter of seconds, simple job.





Getting wet isn't the problem... I've never done it before, I wasn't aware you could actually do it live that's all.

I presume unlike this hose connected boll'ocks, any outside tap can be purchased and installed then?

I am looking at this one -

http://www.screwfix.com/p/15mm-x-outside-tap-with-hose-union/41948

What hose connector would I use on that?!

Edited by: "jaydog69" 8th Jun 2015
You unscrew the brass one and put the one in between your finger and thumb in it's place. To make it easier, have the new one fully open as it'll make it more manageable getting the thread wound in. Once it's started a few turns you can close it, then finish off tightening it up.
Taking a punt here, have you tried measuring the tap in imperial looks an old one maybe that's where the issue is with size
I've managed to them the water off on it now so just need to get the tap off, it appears to be seized on...
jaydog69

I've managed to them the water off on it now so just need to get the tap … I've managed to them the water off on it now so just need to get the tap off, it appears to be seized on...



are you trying just to remove the tap from the back plate to replace it, if so you might find you have the same problem. it also looks like the back plate is soldered on so replacing the whole section may be a little more difficult than you think
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