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Continuing our series of strange plumbing terms here are a few more you might find your plumber using
No it’s not your plumber’s assistant or indeed his partner or even
his pals down the pub. Plumber’s Mait (correct
spelling) is a non-setting plumber’s
putty with many uses . Ideal for sealing wastes, toilet connection, rainwater pipes and other non-pressured joints.
Another expression that can be easily
misconstrued. You’re probably thinking of a hot, steamy low life basement night
club or even, heaven forbid, a badly rolled spliff! It’s far from that. A
sweated joint in today’s terminology is a copper joint, hand soldered. In the
old days sweated joints were made using lead and can still be found in old
properties which haven’t been refurbished.
A threaded connector used to join 2 pipes
together. Nothing to do with the human body.
Again nothing to do with the human
anatomy but a simple float (ball) controlled water supply valve (cock) as seen in
millions of w.c. cisterns, cold water storage tanks, cattle feeders and
so on. The ball was traditionally copper but is now invariably plastic. The
cock was, until the 1970s, bronze or brass but the market is now split between
brass and plastic.