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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2022
    I have an outdoor tap that gets used for watering plants, and washing things. (I have a water butt too). Over the years the tap has developed a drip up through the handle when it is turned on but I simply turn it off after use and it hasn't been a problem. I recently bought a simple drip irrigation system though so the tap will have to be left on. (some inaccessible hanging baskets).

    Rather than just repair the tap or replace it though I have a broader question. I've found that many things don't attach to the tap's screw thread in a leak-free way. Sometimes the female thread can't screw far enough onto the male thread to make the seal tight. The water is normally at 3 bar - limited at the mains inlet.

    Are there any outdoor plumbing systems that are foolproof where all the components can be semi-permanently fastened together without leaks? And there's a good combination of components - taps, junctions, adapters to hose fittings etc etc.
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2022
    Not Geka-pattern (fire hose derivative) brass quick-coupling hose fittings, as used by professional nurseries etc - very liable to drip-leakage - kept losing whole tankfuls of rainwater till I realised, now turned off at source when not distributing. Great selectioin of quality fittings tho.
    • CommentAuthorborpin
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2022 edited
    I have just fitted one similar to this (the one I bought is unavailable) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ibergrif-M22203-M22203-Double-Outdoor-Connector/dp/B08CHLKJ2C/ although I needed a 3/4 inlet.

    On the outlet side, I always have a 3/4 on the tap, so no reducer required.

    Garden threaded connections can be hit and miss. I have some from somewhere with very odd threads that do not work. Some threads seem to be coarser than others.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2022
    I use a timer on my irrigation system only turns on to do watering then off again, bring timer indoors in winter
    • CommentAuthorphiledge
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2022
    Youll likely find everything youll ever want irrigation related at LS Systems nr Preston
    • CommentAuthorCliff Pope
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2022
    I've always found the ordinary plastic Hozelock adaptor for a threaded tap outlet works perfectly well. There's a rubber sealing washing at the bottom of the female plastic bit - if the brass tap won't screw in far enough to squeeze the washer then add another washer or cut down the end of the tap.
    Put it all together with Red Hermetite.

    Taps that leak up the spindle are a pet hate of mine. Usually you can fix them in minutes by winding a few inches of string set in grease into the space and then screwing down the gland nut again.
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2022
    I have gone over almost exclusively to Geka fittings great value compared to the rubbish quick fitting hose fittings made by the famous and not so famous cheap brands and they don't break or crack when you drop them. Don't clog up with soil if been on the ground as no real mechanism for soil to get into. If left out inadvertently over winter don't break with freezing. Sometimes need a strong grip to couple them together the only disadvantage I find.
    • CommentAuthorcjard
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2022
    Ball valve tap? I don't recall ever having one leak. My current hose pipe tap is actually a gas ball valve; good for 8 years now. Sympathise with the challenges on hozelock and it's copies- one of the few things where I tend to buy the leading brand name because it seems quality control of the copies is quite variable/loose or tight fit, poor hose grippers, locking collars that pop off easily.. You could also consider using blue MDPE water supply pipe and fittings - https://www.drainageshop.co.uk/20mm-fittings.html - if you need to drip irrigate just get a 1mm drill out and hole the pipe. For regulating flow, have a screw tap in line with a ball tap; the ball is the on off you use all the time, the screw you set and leave so your 1mm holes aren't jetwashing your rhubarb :)

    Second cliff's comments about verifying sealing washers etc; I've a few cheap irrigation systems from eBay (7 quid for 23m of pipe and a bag of little T and disc fittings that drip) and sealing them at the tap end was a bit of a nuisance as it was a hard plastic:plastic seal on the mesh filter. I cut up an old bicycle inner tube into rubber washers in the end
    • CommentAuthorSimon Still
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2022 edited
    I've found Hoselock plastic fittings pretty reliable.

    We fitted Geka taps that started leaking and then got super stiff (probably needed a washer replacement) but in the end I fitted some Calido quarter turn, frost resistant, two outlet (so you can connect irrigation and still use a hose).

    Seem good so far, though there is a little rust on the lever which is disappointing.

    (apologies for the amazon link but it has more info than the others I found https://www.amazon.co.uk/Calido-GARDEN-HANDLE-CONNECTOR-RESISTANCE/dp/B07BGWGPGY)
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