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Swarf problems.

  • 24-04-2010 3:35pm
    Registered Users Posts: 991 ✭✭✭

    My toilet cisterns are fed from storage tank in the attic. We've had problems with the ball valves seizing and either not filling or overflowing. I replaced one with a new vertical float jobby and it worked well initially till i noticed it was overflowing aswell.

    I opened it up and the head was full of drill swarf from the tank in the attic. I presume that this is what killed its predecessor. I've never heard of this problem before and i'm just wondering how common it is, for the sake of cleaning a bit of **** from the tank before water is turned on.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,516 ✭✭✭Outkast_IRE

    relatively common , as you said usually just a quick little clean out will sort it .
    You will just need to watch taps etc for flow too and clean as necessary , hopefully theres not too much , just clean out the ballcock each time , might be worth hopping up and looking in the tank you could nearly see it floating and get a kitchen strainer or somethin to get it out

  • Registered Users Posts: 991 ✭✭✭Leo Demidov

    Thanks for that. My main issue now is that we have those dumb vertical floats to contend with and they cant be cleaned out so i have to replace them all cos they're clogged to varying degrees. Probably would have had to replace anyway cos theyre crap but the only ones i could get to fit are thirty bob a pop.

    We're three years in the house and before i replaced the first one recently, i flushed the system thoroughly and thought i got it all, but no, i seem to have an endless suply of plasticy bits.:rolleyes: