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Old Stop Tap Leaking

Discussion in 'Valves & Taps' started by MikeB, Jul 14, 2017.

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  1. MikeB

    MikeB New Member

    Apologies if this is in the wrong thread, it's my first post.
    My stop cock is leaking around the spindle. I've watched a couple of youtube videos about repairing the leak but my tap doesn't seem to be the right type, it looks ancient and I can't see a gland nut on it. The tap spindle looks like it just goes in to the tap housing and if there is a nut it's corroded so much it's become one with the housing.
    Is there any way to fix this easily or will the tap need replacing? It's in a really awkward place. Apologies for the poor photo, it's hard to get a good angle because of the positioning.

  2. JCplumb

    JCplumb Plumber

    Can only guess without a better pic.
    If it's going on to lead then it will be imperial and you won't get spare parts for it.
    There looks like a bit of a hexagon shape behind the handle, is that not the gland nut?
  3. MikeB

    MikeB New Member

    It might be the gland nut but it's not hexagonal it's more like 10 or 12 sided and it's the same size as the housing below it.
  4. jtsplumbing

    jtsplumbing Plumber GSR

    That's the (Nut) that removes the complete workings of the tap, if you can turn off the water from outside, & you can get the old tap apart, if your lucky the inner parts from a new stopcock will be a straight change over
  5. MikeB

    MikeB New Member

    Well I showed it to the landlord and he didn't seem concerned. Said he'd call his plumber mate but told me not to "hold my breath" and expect anything. In the meantime I've stuck some plumbers epoxy around the leak and that seems to have helped a bit.
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