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    Default plumbing question - ball cocks

    guys, the ball **** valve in one of my loft tanks is giving up the ghost and I have water leaking out the the overflow to outside (as its supposed to).

    I am looking at some replacements and there seems to be a an option or two.

    My main question is, do i need a low or high pressure version?

    Whats a good price and are there any types/brands that are to be avoided?



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    Tanks in the loft are usually refilled from the rising main so will need a high pressure valve.
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    This is what you need Nige you would be just as well changing the Ball float also ....you could try cleaning the float valve thats leaking as sediment and gunge accumulate on it and stop it working correctly >>>>>> http://www.screwfix.com/p/pegler-pre...e-part-1/90110

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    It'll be the rubber perished so either replace the rubber stopper or a replacement. Brass type will be more ideal than plastic and plastic might be recommended but i recommend brass ball valve. Best to get like for like as some ball valves are specific to type of tank or type of system. If this tank is expansion tank via combi (dual system) then it'll be low pressure, if water storage it'll be high pressure but get like for like. This way you dont make any mistakes.

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    Also ideal to have the ball replaced, but you can get new valve as it'll come completed. This way it'll last a long time. Reuse the ball and it'll perish one day! Fills up with water and allow flow to continue and all water wasted at overflow pipe!

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    i have just gone over it with a wire brush and cleaned it up a bit. Water is no longer pouring onto my patio. Now it has been doing this for a few days but only seems to start once the central heating system kicks in.. its got a 2/3inch connection

    it looks just like this sucker but with a red ball
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caveman_nige View Post
    i have just gone over it with a wire brush and cleaned it up a bit. Water is no longer pouring onto my patio. Now it has been doing this for a few days but only seems to start once the central heating system kicks in.. its got a 2/3inch connection

    it looks just like this sucker but with a red ball
    http://www.screwfix.com/p/pegler-pre...e-part-2/27627
    What u got is feed expansion tank. Low pressure. Get the ball set to lower level, or replace it. Its only to feed the central system, not drinkable.

    B&Q will have that item if u need it urgent but best to get it replaced asap to prevent water wastage and water bill going up!

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    will look at getting one very soon, i don't have a water meter so no bill issues to worry about it.
    My old Signum, the animal; she now rests in pieces in several other members cars.. https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/garag...vehicle&id=200
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caveman_nige View Post
    will look at getting one very soon, i don't have a water meter so no bill issues to worry about it.
    Lol. It wont affect the system but be annoying tho. The rubber will be a cheap altnerative to replace whole thing!

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