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Post  bazzer on Sun 29 Nov 2015, 4:23 pm

Hi,
Can anyone give me advice on getting the water level taps on the tender to seal. I have tried lapping them in as Steve suggests in the instructions, but to no avail.

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Post  Steve Traill on Mon 30 Nov 2015, 6:47 pm

I just used T cut or any brass polish to lap them in once they were a reasonable fit with the hole in the middle. I found watching telly whilst I was doing it helped as it is terminally boring twisting it back & forth a million times!
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Post  lynnr on Mon 30 Nov 2015, 7:03 pm

Mine were too oval to be used at all.
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Post  Steve Traill on Mon 30 Nov 2015, 11:17 pm

Mine were a bit, just squeezed them in the vice 'till they looked round & carried on. The metal is quite soft & I reasoned that they were round when they were cut so had to have gone oval afterwards.
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Post  bazzer on Tue 01 Dec 2015, 7:02 am

Thanks guys, will try the vice trick.

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Post  Bryanh9904 on Thu 19 Apr 2018, 4:47 pm

Hi guys,
Iíve got 2 new taps but they donít seal, Iíve tried using lapping paste and brassy but still leak.
Any suggestions would be good. Or do I need another new tap?

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Post  bazzer on Thu 19 Apr 2018, 9:10 pm

I gave up in the end and just blocked them so they didn't leak, then installed a level indicator on the man stand.

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Post  LiveSteam on Thu 19 Apr 2018, 10:13 pm

Bryanh9904 wrote:Hi guys,
Iíve got 2 new taps but they donít seal, Iíve tried using lapping paste and brassy but still leak.
Any suggestions would be good. Or do I need another new tap?

I keep meaning to do what I've seen others do which is fit two right angled fittings and put a bit of clear pipe between them so I know how much water is in the tender.

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Post  hydro9 on Fri 18 May 2018, 1:55 pm

I had no success making my two taps seal either. My solution was to find a piece of small diameter PVC tubing and use it to connect between the two tap spouts. (I rotated the lower tap so that the spouts face each other).
The taps are left permanently Open and the tube provides a sight gauge.
Only downside is that periodically (about twice during the rally season) the tube will become opaque due to UV degradation and will need replacing to keep the water level visible.
No hardship as this stuff is really cheap.
Did try Silicon tubing as an alternative because this is UV stable material, but without much success because the silicon tubing I managed to find starts life quite opaque.
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