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This is as off as it goes. The constant noise is driving me crazy. Not to mention leaking away a bathtub's worth of water every 12 hours. Have tried to change washer, but can't get tap undone.

Need bigger wrench, as only have adjustables that fit to this size right now.
9th Jan 2007, 16:28   | tags:,,

Sir Findo Gask says:

Tie some wool or an old Tshirt around the tap so the water runs down that in to the bath, it will stop the noise until you can get a wrench that fits to change the washer.

9th Jan 2007, 16:35

mat says:

Tried that. It's not the dripping sound that's the problem, it's the pissing sound of the water flowing through the tap.

Am going to Halfords to buy massive wrench now.

9th Jan 2007, 16:37

540air says:

Was about to suggest the big wrench idea.

Our kitchen sink tap leaks a lot, but it's a fiddly mixer tap.

9th Jan 2007, 16:48

Spike says:

get long pipe cleaners... stick them down into the tap as far as you can (to stop the pissing sound).. then tie an old t-shirt around! when you get the wrench, take the (tied-up) pipe cleaners out wrench up and roberts your mothers brother.. sorted!

well. in theory!

9th Jan 2007, 17:19

mat says:

Measured size, bought nice big wrench that should fit perfectly. Got home, discovered calipers have stupid 2mm bumper on jaws. Therefore, big wrench 2mm too small, despite measuring three separate times in advance - just to be sure.

Christing shitfuck.

9th Jan 2007, 17:35

Rich says:

Pissing arsecandles.

9th Jan 2007, 17:39

Spike says:

fellated fucknuggets*!

*felt left out...sorry

9th Jan 2007, 17:40

Tori says:

This is usually the point where I get frustrated and try to force it and break off a big hunk of rusty metal and slice open my wrist with it and have to go to emergency.

Oh yeah, and once it is broken off it is even more difficult to work on.

I am excellent with plumbing repairs. Yes I am.

9th Jan 2007, 17:53

mat says:

Around here, it's a nine month wait minimum for a professional plumber, so it's do-it-yourself or don't do it at all. I just focussed all my annoyance and anger onto a large adjustable wrench, sat in the bath and heaved - and got it undone. Hurt like hell.

Now I just have to learn how to fix a broken tap before turning the water back on. Can't be harder than stripping and rebuilding a car engine, and I've done that a few times.

9th Jan 2007, 17:56

Blue Eyes says:

I would think just heating the joint would do the job. If not fire up a joint and call a plumber.

9th Jan 2007, 18:03

mat says:

I have now learnt how to fix dripping taps. That was easy, after the insanely tight fixture had finally been vanquished. Am expecting the sound of dribbling water to slowly fade from my ears, because the tap is fixed now (I can still hear it, even though it's not there!)

Now it's time to fire up a joint. :)

9th Jan 2007, 18:13

seaneeboy says:

Arf! You are MAN!

Well done dude, it is enough to send one mad...

9th Jan 2007, 18:18

mat says:

I. can. still. hear. water. running.


9th Jan 2007, 18:33

ladislav says:

Yay! I ph34r your l33t plumbing sk1llz...

9th Jan 2007, 19:51

Blue Eyes says:

I took the easy route. Ripped out the cabinet under the sink and ripped out the sink. All new stuff. No leaks, cross your fingers on this one.

9th Jan 2007, 20:58

mat says:

Ah, we rent our house, so strictly speaking this was a job for the landlord to deal with. Like I said above though, the wait for a plumber round here is months and months, and the noise was really doing my head in. If it were my house, I'd have got a whole new bathroom* (or at least new taps) ages ago.

* note for Americans: this is the room with the bath in, not the room with the lavatory. :)

9th Jan 2007, 21:05

Dhamaka says:

came to this late - what a story!
hope the dripping sound isn't still tripping along

9th Jan 2007, 21:30

Rich says:

it's really weird, the silence... The silence is uncanny.

Of course, elvis used to drink from the drip so he's going to have to find somewhere slightly less convenient to get his drank on.

10th Jan 2007, 17:18

Dhamaka says:

I'm not sure about that - the first thing Misha does when she comes in is ask for the tap to be turned on...

10th Jan 2007, 21:37