How to replace a valve in your cistern

How to replace a valve in your cistern


Posted 7th Feb 2017

Image: Hertitage Bathrooms

1 Turn off the mains water and flush the WC. Remove the ballcock by twisting it off the arms of the valve.

Step 1

2 Scoop out any remaining water with a cup. Then mop the rest out, along with any dirt or loose particles, with a cloth or sponge.

Step 2

3 Use an adjustable spanner to loosen the nut that links the cold water feed into the cistern.

Step 3

4 Remove the pipe – but have a bowl underneath to catch any remaining water.

Step 4

5 Unscrew the other nut, which will be holding the cistern valve in place and lift the unit out of the cistern.

Step 5

6 Make sure you have bought the same replacement fitting as the original – side, bottom or top entry – and follow the instructions.

Step 6

Top tip

Sometimes all that’s needed to fix a leaking valve is a new washer. The modern type of valve uses a diaphragm washer, repair kits are also available for the older types.

 

These step-by-step images are taken from the Haynes Women’s Home DIY Manual by Kerrie Hanafin, available to buy for £12.99. The new paperback edition is full of practical step-bystep guides to a wide range of home renovation projects, from essential tools to understanding electrical circuits and laying flooring.

 






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