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Leaking Shower Mixer Valve/Tap Washer?

Postby arf shelby » Fri Apr 03, 2020 3:42 pm

do shower mixer valve have a washer in them just like a tap ?
my shower head is dripping water and i'm guessing the washer has gone in the main mixer unit (picture attached) because it stops leaking if i turn the lever off very tight.
can i take parts off the mixer to replace the washer (like i would with a tap) or does the whole thing need to come off ?

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Postby stoneyboy » Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:07 pm

Hi arf Shelby,
Your first issue will be to identify the valve and get spares for it. Replacing the insides is notoriously difficult so I suggest you buy a new valve and fit it.
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Postby arf shelby » Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:44 pm

thanks. So you mean by a full new mixer unit of the same size (ie. the same profiled two inlets from wall, and outlet up to the shower head).
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Postby stoneyboy » Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:51 pm

Hi arf Shelby,
Yes try to get the same arrangement it will simplify installation.
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Postby arf shelby » Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:28 am

great thanks. is the profile a standard size ? i mean are the inlet pipes distance a standard width apart ?
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Postby stoneyboy » Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:48 pm

Hi arf Shelby,
There is some flexibility within the body of this type of shower - check dimensions before you buy.
If the pipe centres are 150mm it may be worth changing to a bar type mixer but you would loose the overhead fixed shower head.
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Postby arf shelby » Tue May 19, 2020 5:19 pm

I've looked into this further. My pipe centres are 135mm & water inlets are 3/4". I can't find a valve anywhere. Am i looking for something that is obsolete ? All valves seem to be 1/2" inlets. I know you can get some adapters but the vale would then sit proud of the wall. Don't want to have to start smashing wall in to swap inlet pipes.
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Postby stoneyboy » Wed May 20, 2020 8:54 pm

Hi arf Shelby,
The Rada V10 contract has adjustable centres which would fit but you will have to find reducers for the ends of your supply pipes.
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