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    • anotheruser
    • By anotheruser 14th Feb 18, 11:52 AM
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    Should I DIY Properly?
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    • 14th Feb 18, 11:52 AM
    Should I DIY Properly? 14th Feb 18 at 11:52 AM
    I know it's a fairly open title but here's the situation:

    I have a toilet cistern that I need to change a washer for.
    The ball valve to turn the water off is somewhat rusted, or broke, I can't turn it to isolate the water anyway.

    That means turning the water off to the whole house. No real problem as it'll take me less than 5 mins to replace the washer.

    I know I SHOULD replace the ball valve but I don't particularly NEED to, so should I? I know they're £5 or so but means more work, that could potentially go wrong, and I'd rather spend that £5 somewhere else.

    So, should I just replace it anyway or not bother as it ain't broke (so to speak) so doesn't need fixing (even though it is broken!).
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    • nofoollikeold
    • By nofoollikeold 14th Feb 18, 12:08 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 12:08 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 12:08 PM
    Most ball valves are made of brass, so won't rust. Most modern ones are cheap and prone to leak, so what you think is rust may be lime-scale from a slight leak.

    If you want piece of mind, change it, and get a good quality one, like a Pegler.
    • anotheruser
    • By anotheruser 14th Feb 18, 3:02 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 3:02 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 3:02 PM
    Well, ended up not doing for now.

    I was actually replacing a diaphragm fill valve as the tank was really slow to fill (5+ minutes). Now it's better (less than 2 mins) but still not as fast as I'd prefer :P

    Although it was a bit of a ball ache to keep turning the stop cck off!
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 14th Feb 18, 5:24 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 5:24 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 5:24 PM
    Could be the isolation valve is part of the problem is it fully open.
    • anotheruser
    • By anotheruser 17th Feb 18, 8:57 AM
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    • 17th Feb 18, 8:57 AM
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    • 17th Feb 18, 8:57 AM
    Yeah, it's fully open.
    Funny, when I left the water on and unscrewed the 'biscuit cutter' nut, water poured out like a waterfall.
    After I changed the washer, it comes out at about half that speed, but still better than before.
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