Stubborn thread by raistlin


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raistlin
Trying to put a screw-in diffuser in one of the bathroom taps.

I know it's the correct size and thread but it just refuses to catch the thread in the tap spout.

Can anybody suggest how to get the darned thing to engage please?

Thank you
Paul

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Posted 25 Oct 2015, 14:52 #1 

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Arctic
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Hi Paul.
Try using a brillo pad just inside the tap hole as it may be holding a bit of scale stopping the thread from catching, also try starting it off at an angle then straighten it up as you turn Arctic

Posted 25 Oct 2015, 18:46 #2 

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Duncan
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Sometimes it helps to turn the thing backwards and feel for the click that indicates the start of the thread.
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Posted 25 Oct 2015, 18:50 #3 

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raistlin
Great ideas. Thanks chaps. I'll have another go.
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Posted 25 Oct 2015, 19:16 #4 

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raistlin
Well... no further forward :(

What next please?
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Posted 29 Oct 2015, 19:07 #5 

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Arctic
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Another cheat is to put two slits into the diffuser about 2mm north and south or east and west, either opposite each other this will then allow the end to push together a little and hopefully give you a start good luck.

Disclaimer all plumbing work carried out is at the own risk of the user :lol:

Posted 30 Oct 2015, 19:40 #6 

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raistlin
Thanks Steve,

I now know what the problem is though.

The O/D of the aerator is 18mm but the I/D of the tap spout is 16mm where the thread is.
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Posted 30 Oct 2015, 19:56 #7 

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Duncan
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That'd do it.....
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Posted 30 Oct 2015, 21:16 #8 

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Arctic
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I now know what the problem is though.

The O/D of the aerator is 18mm but the I/D of the tap spout is 16mm where the thread is.


Duncan wrote:That'd do it.....


So wrong aerator then still try the little cuts if no good best to buy the right size, from B&Q or from Wikes

Posted 30 Oct 2015, 22:38 #9 

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Arctic wrote:
I now know what the problem is though.

The O/D of the aerator is 18mm but the I/D of the tap spout is 16mm where the thread is.


Duncan wrote:That'd do it.....


So wrong aerator then still try the little cuts if no good best to buy the right size, from B&Q or from Wikes


I couldn't find them in Wickes Steve :(
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Posted 31 Oct 2015, 09:08 #10 

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Bermudan 75
Paul. do you have a local Plumbcentre?
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Posted 31 Oct 2015, 09:45 #11 

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Rover418275 wrote:Paul. do you have a local Plumbcentre?[/quote
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we sure do also could try online
http://www.plumbcenter.co.uk/webapp/wcs ... SearchView



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Posted 31 Oct 2015, 10:15 #12 

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raistlin
Thanks both. I have already spoken to Plumb Center in Wolverhampton. They told me that I needed the exact manufacturer and model number of the tap. The bathroom having been fitted some 20 years ago, and the fitting company having ceased trading, I don't think there's much hope of that :(

Haven't tried Carvers though Steve. That's an idea :)
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Posted 31 Oct 2015, 10:56 #13 

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Do not know if this is of any use to you http://www.amazon.co.uk/AERATOR-interna ... B00CP389YO
Ex-Longbridge track monkey.

Posted 31 Oct 2015, 11:37 #14 

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raistlin
Thanks Keith :) If it was a 16mm male it would be perfect :)
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Posted 31 Oct 2015, 11:49 #15 


Jumper
Do you have a friend with, or access to, a set of Taps (stocks)from an engineering workshop? Judicious (!) use of a medium taper tap would identify the correct thread as a first step. If so, proceed with caution and the lightest touch.

Posted 31 Oct 2015, 13:22 #16 


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