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    • Former MSE Helen
    • By Former MSE Helen 3rd Dec 12, 12:11 PM
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    'Stopcock tips can you find yours?' blog discussion
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    • 3rd Dec 12, 12:11 PM
    'Stopcock tips can you find yours?' blog discussion 3rd Dec 12 at 12:11 PM
    This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's blog. Please read the blog first, as this discussion follows it.





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  • Wywth
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    • 3rd Dec 12, 2:30 PM
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    • 3rd Dec 12, 2:30 PM
    "As I already don’t participate in Xmas, I mark Xmas Day each year to test ALL stopcocks and tap connections within the house."
    Probably the worst day of the year to do such testing.

    If something starts to leak, you'll be extremely lucky to find any plumber willing come out, and any that do will charge an arm & a leg (over and above the usual arm & a leg they'll charge anyway).

    If you think you know it all and can fix a leak yourself, be aware that even the DIY shops will be shut so you can't even get yourself a replacement valve, piece of new pipe, washer, etc.
  • Errata
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    • 4th Dec 12, 9:18 AM
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    • 4th Dec 12, 9:18 AM
    Stopcocks should be turned a couple of times a year to minimise seizing due to scale. And NEVER open fully, or theyre more likely to jam."
    Dont just locate it, check that it still turns mine required use of pliers to get it moving."
    Modern stopcocks are a large on/off switch sited on the incoming main water supply -
    DO NOT TURN IT.
    Last edited by Errata; 04-12-2012 at 9:21 AM.
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    • penrhyn
    • By penrhyn 4th Dec 12, 12:14 PM
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    • #4
    • 4th Dec 12, 12:14 PM
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    • 4th Dec 12, 12:14 PM
    I am shocked and appalled at all this talk of Stopcocks, which is of course disgusting. What ever next Ballcocks?
    That gum you like is coming back in style.
    • Kite2010
    • By Kite2010 5th Dec 12, 1:09 AM
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    • #5
    • 5th Dec 12, 1:09 AM
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    • 5th Dec 12, 1:09 AM
    Under a little flap at the top of the driveway.

    Internal one behind the washing machine.
    • Torry Quine
    • By Torry Quine 5th Dec 12, 1:18 AM
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    • #6
    • 5th Dec 12, 1:18 AM
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    • 5th Dec 12, 1:18 AM
    It shouldn't surprise me that people don't know where their stopcock is. When you first move into a property it should be one of the first things you do.
    A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory.

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    • minijem
    • By minijem 5th Dec 12, 4:18 PM
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    • 5th Dec 12, 4:18 PM
    Male chickens
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    • 5th Dec 12, 4:18 PM
    Yes, stopcock is indeed the correct word. I was very annoyed when my water company recently sent me some literature referring to my "stop tap". A tap, FGS, is where the water comes out of the system.

    The same water company, in a leaflet about water meters, told me that a hose pipe with nothing on the end would deliver 1,000 litres per hour whereas a hose pipe with a sprinkler attached would magically deliver 2,000 litres per hour!
    • bestyman
    • By bestyman 9th Dec 12, 9:59 PM
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    • 9th Dec 12, 9:59 PM
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    • 9th Dec 12, 9:59 PM
    If you have a water meter ( inside or outside), then a stop tap will be nearby. It way be a small slot that is turned with a screwdriver.

    Is it just northerners that have cellars? If you have a cellar you can bet its in there.

    I'm a plumber and call it a stop tap, its less embarrassing this way, especially if you need to find a bleed nipple too

    Minijem, if what you say is correct then a float operated valve on a WC should be called a ball tap and not a ball !!!!, as water comes from it? What about a drain off !!!! used for draining off water?( for clarification , I mean on a heating system not on a human)
    On the internet you can be anything you want.It`s strange so many people choose to be rude and stupid.
    • tasty_snacks
    • By tasty_snacks 3rd Jul 13, 7:56 PM
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    • #9
    • 3rd Jul 13, 7:56 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 13, 7:56 PM
    Heads up - the Thames Water video link in the article doesn't work.
    • penrhyn
    • By penrhyn 3rd Jul 13, 8:00 PM
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    Bit of a stopcock up then, mind you the thread is over 6 months old.
    That gum you like is coming back in style.
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