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    • clarita_l
    • By clarita_l 16th Jul 17, 5:25 PM
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    How to turn off hot water! DIY tap change
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    • 16th Jul 17, 5:25 PM
    How to turn off hot water! DIY tap change 16th Jul 17 at 5:25 PM

    I live in a block of flats -and can't work out which way to turn of my hot water which I believe to be a tank. I can turn off the cold right by the bath (I'm hoping to fit a mixer tap on my bath so I can take a shower )

    I have some photos but can't for the life of me work out which lever/tap is for what!

    Any help would be useful.
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    • Alex1983
    • By Alex1983 16th Jul 17, 6:12 PM
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    If you have a hot water tank you will need to isolate the cold feed to the tank. Look for a gate valve on the lowest pipe into the tank, usually 22mm.
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    • By FreeBear 16th Jul 17, 7:32 PM
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    And when you come to fitting the new mixer tap, fit an isolator valve on both hot & cold pipes - If you ever need to repair or replace the tap, you won't need to go hunting for stopcocks again.
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    • Geoff1963
    • By Geoff1963 16th Jul 17, 7:54 PM
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    Having turned off the valve you think, turn on a tap ; if it keeps running for more than a minute, it's the wrong valve. You might find the valves don't fully close off the flow, so you'll have to open other taps to take any leakage.

    Plumbers have a small box that fits around the pipe, and uses refrigerant to freeze a plug of water ; probably not something to risk if you aren't confident of fitting the new tap very quickly.
    • Moss5
    • By Moss5 17th Jul 17, 9:43 AM
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    A shower mixer must have hot and cold supplied at the same pressure.
    Hot from a vented tank and cold at mains pressure will not do.
    Verify acceptable pressures are available before buying a mixer tap.
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