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Old 20-12-2007, 9:38 PM
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I have what I think is a 'Sirrus TS1850 Stratus Shower', but I didn't install it so I have only been able to gather this from looking at pictures on the net.

The shower will turn off, but needs to tightened as tight as possible or continually drips.

I am doing a plumbing course, but I am only in my first few months. I can't see any obvious isolating valves to isolate the supply and it disappears immediately into the wall, with no obvious way of accessing the pipes.

The Combi-boiler feeds it with hot water.

Asking the tutor at college only gets - all showers are different, it depends on your shower and you need to read the instructions, which I don't have.

Is it just a washer or are these cartridges? Could it be limescale due to hard water? Shall I just dismantle it as far as I can and clean the parts?

Any help welcome as dripping is getting annoying!
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Old 29-12-2007, 3:34 PM
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Not my SQEP but in my experience with a cold feed (not from combi-boiler) shower, the internal plastic reservoir sprang a leak below the heating element. Not a good idea & the leak wasn't really the turning off. In your case it may be a washer but until you finish your course (or ask the tutor for help) you may want to minimise use.
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Old 29-12-2007, 4:37 PM
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Thanks for your help

Thought I might have got a few more replies
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Old 29-12-2007, 4:55 PM
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This site has spares for the TS1850 and some pdf files with diagrams and instructions etc.
http://www.shower-spare-parts.com/pr...oductTypeID=14
You may have to isolate both CW & HW systems before dismantling the mixer.
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Old 29-12-2007, 5:20 PM
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Thanks - this is what I brought up fro Google - they have some good diagrams though.

Not sure how to isolate the HW from a combi bioler though? The central heating is under pressure, so I don't want to knacker that. Tere are no obvious isolation valves.
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Old 01-01-2008, 2:22 AM
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Turn off the boiler first. Then turn off the cold main into the house at the main stopcock and drain the shower and taps until no more water comes out. Then you can dismantle it.

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Thanks

This seems like a silly question even as I write, but I just want to be sure!
I presume the CH is a seperate circuit from the tap HW - therefore the pressure in the CH system won't be effected?
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Old 03-01-2008, 9:23 PM
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The water in your CH does not mix with the water coming from the taps.
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Old 03-01-2008, 9:34 PM
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thats what the heat exchanger is for. to heat the DHWS.
the two never mix.
switch off the boiler and turn off the CWS (main) stopc0ck.

then you can service the shower mixer valve. a seal kit will prob cure it.
Get some gorm.
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Old 07-02-2008, 8:47 PM
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Turn off the boiler first. Then turn off the cold main into the house at the main stopcock and drain the shower and taps until no more water comes out. Then you can dismantle it.
How can I isolate the HW?
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Old 07-02-2008, 9:04 PM
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You don't need to, the hot water coming from the shower starts life as the mains cold water. The combi heats it, then it becomes hot water.
So by turning off the main stopcock you are cutting everything off.

You are sure you have a combi boiler? It is very different with a conventional boiler.
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Old 08-02-2008, 6:16 PM
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Sorry to make life complicated, but I will be working on our house but also fixing a hot tap at my mums as well.

I can see your point that with the combi it's easy to turn off the HW

At my mums she has a back boiler, HW cylinder and cistern in the loft. I am told there are several ways to turn off the HW

1) Turn off the stop !!!! and wait to drain the HW cylinder and cistern - but this wastes quite a bit of water

2) Turn off a valve to the feed for the CW storage tank or tie it up with a bit of wood

3) Turn off the valve that might be on the outlet for the HW cylinder - this seems prefferable, but am I looking for the pipe that comes out the top or the bottom? ie where is the HW drawn out from?

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Old 08-02-2008, 9:38 PM
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On ours it is the top.

A good idea, when you locate the various stopcocks, is to tie a label on each one saying what they are for. Makes it easier next time, or for someone else.

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Old 11-02-2008, 8:27 AM
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My shower - Mira Exel, has started dripping and you have to just keep turning the darned thing on and off until it finally stops. my neighbour who is a plumber says I either need a cartridge pack or to replace the whole shubang because he says that often just changing the cartridge doesn't work. I'm going to try the cartridge first though!
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