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Old 10-04-2007, 19:18   #1
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can you use taps from the hardware store down the road?, one friend of mine says yes, another says no, i cant think of any reason why not except for pressure but from what i have seen of taps ive worked they work on a valve??

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You can get good quality taps at some building supply stores that should work just fine. Good quality stainless and even titanium.

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I have used a standard "flick-mix" type tap in my galley (a mate of mine is a rep for the supplier) and I have no problem with it.

It is used for fresh water only.

I have flexible pipework in the boat, and as the type of tap I have described above has braided hose and 1/2" threaded connector and I had a plumber make me a fitting to take the hose and a 1/2" mini (or cistern) for connecting the braied hose.

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I see no reason not too either. You pressure is no problem. Considering you little pump won't put out all that much. You may find that you like some type better than another. I would avoid the plastic cartridges. They break too easy and are hard to replace (even at Home Depot). At least get an all metal fixture if you can. It's one reason the marine ones cost more.

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I assume that you are talking about the "taps" in nthe galley sink. We replaced ours with a single valve, Hot/cold, that is connected to a removable head. I fits into the "arm"or it can be removed from the arm and has a 4 foot hose attached, This allows you take the head over and defrost the ice box, put out a fire, or hose down your mate.
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City water pressure is way higher than boats, no problem using the taps from the home stores. Except, as usual, cheap plumbing fixtures tend to corrode badly, so go for a good finish--or something cheap enough to replace when it pits up.
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Having plumbed a lot of things on a commercial fishing boat, and having dealt with not only sea water "taps" as you call them, including the faucets in the head, galley and the shop wash sink below deck, I've found that the "LESS" metal, the better, as "Delrin" "PVC" or related cousins are the best for service in harsh water like salt water..being they are impervious to the corrosive nature of the sea. Probably why most ships are turning to flexible plastic (high and low pressure) piping. The fact that these same type of systems are used in the RV industry to be more flexible and better suited to a "Flexible and constantly moving" enviorment.

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Hose down your mate? Could be fun or fun :kissy:


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