[chbot] [OT] plumbing parts for a Gemini Shower

Mark Atherton markaren1 at xtra.co.nz
Thu Jan 21 05:00:01 GMT 2021

Lovely idea but alas our cut-off valve is 700mm down, and very close to 
our poured-concrete driveway ? :)

I would probably opt for getting the whole shower replace than dig up 
the drive !!

- Mark

On 21/01/2021 4:10 PM, ceo at andygardner.com wrote:
> With the excellent pushfit plumbing items available these days (those 
> ones with the o rings and the stainless steel captive doo-dahs), you 
> could probably quite easily graft in a ball valve somewhere near the 
> entrance of the cold water pipe to the building to act as a back-up for 
> the failing mains stopcock even with water still running through it.
> Last house my dad built for himself, he added a little access hatch to a 
> ball valve in the garage wall where the water came up from underground, 
> so that water could be turned off quickly in an emergency without having 
> to grovel around outside in the dark sticking your hand down into a 
> spider/sludge-filled council thingie in the sidewalk.
> Here you go - has the tap built in...
> https://www.mitre10.co.nz/shop/speedfit-shut-off-tap-15mm-x-15mm-white/p/136778 
> Cut the PEX or PB pipe, shorten it slightly, then with the tap open 
> slide it onto the pipe. Job done.
> Then you can work on the other stuff without the water running.
> Most of the hardware stores have a greybeard lurking in the plumbing 
> dept who knows his/her stuff, too.
> On 21/01/21 2:03 pm, Mark Atherton wrote:
>> Thanks David, keen indeed :)
>> One of the problems is that the hot and cold water have to be turned 
>> off to access the old seals. At our property, mains water does not 
>> shut off completely, so for the duration, water is pouring out of an 
>> orifice or three. Also, wonder how NF holds up at 80 PSI !!
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