Dear collected Guru's of this parish. I have been given a mission and seek your sage advice and the benefit of your experiences (positive and negative).
SWMBO wants to change the taps in the bathroom. On the wash basin this will be easy enough as the pipewrok is fitted with in line isolator valves.
Having explored the dusty, cobweb and associated beastie filled depths behind the bath panel however, I can see that the pipe work does not have the isolator valves.
My question is this-
To prevent a flodd of biblical proportions (or any proportions at all for that matter), what do I do to cut off the hot water flow?
I know that I can cut off the cold water flow by stuffing a wine bottle cork in the feed pipe in the header tank in the loft and I suspect that I cut off the hot water flow by turning one of the two or three stop cocks in the cupboard conatining the hot water tank. These stop cocks however are offering somewhat resolute resistance to any attempt to turn them. I can have at the stop cocks with various fettling tools such as spanners, mole grips, stilsons and hammers but I reckon this will defeat the object of this thread and result in a biblical flood at least (when my ham fisted fettilng breaks something).
I seem to remember that if I cut off the cold water supply to the hot tank, this in turn cuts off the hot water flow. If this is the case, should my loft mounted header tank have a seperate supply to the hot water tank into which I can insert another wine bottle cork. I hope this is the workable solution as it reduces the liklihood of me breaking something and gives me an excuse to open another bottle of wine.
I WILL be installing in line isolator valves under the bath when I change the taps
Thanks in anticipation.
Luv n' Stuff.