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Terminology Explained

Ball valve
long metal or plastic arm with a ball on the end. This lets water into a toilet cistern or any cold water tank. Cold water tanks are usually in a loft.
Ceramic disc taps
these are fully turned on by turning the handle through a quarter circle or 90°. Ceramic discs are specific to the make and model of tap. If it's not working properly and you do not know the make and model or the tap cannot be identified, it will have to be replaced.
Combi boiler
heats up water as hot tap is turned on so there is no hot water cylinder in the airing cupboard. These boilers are not attached to a cold water tank, they are supplied by water from the mains. Easy ways to know if you have a combi boiler are – does the boiler come on each time you turn on a hot tap? Do you have an airing cupboard with a hot water tank in it?
Cistern
It often seems to sit on the back of the toilet (this is called close coupled). You may see a pipe joining the cistern to the toilet (this is called low or high level, depends how high up the wall the cistern is). Or the cistern may be hidden behind a cupboard.
Close coupled toilet
the toilet cistern appears to sit on the back of the toilet pan. It's actually screwed in place.
Header tank
this is the smaller water tank, usually in your loft, which is the reservoir which tops up the water in your central heating system.
High level toilet
the cistern is separate from the toilet pan, is usually at least 2mtr (6ft) above the toilet and you can see the long pipe which joins them. It will always be flushed by a pulling a chain.
Low level toilet
the cistern is separate from the toilet pan and you can see the pipe which joins them. It will almost always be flushed by a handle.
Siphon
this is the mechanism in the toilet which pushes water into the toilet pan. It's activated by pushing or pulling the flush handle or pressing the flush button.
Torbeck valve
this is a variety of ball valve which has a short arm with a little cup hanging down from it. Torbeck valves are often used in small toilet cisterns.
TRV
thermostatic radiator valve. Gives better control of heat coming out of radiator than ordinary non thermostatic valves.

Great products

Aqualisa
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Dudley Turbo
siphons (for toilets which are flushed with a handle) are excellent because they are made so that servicing takes minutes not hours. www.thomasdudley.co.uk
Splashblade
is a great cost effective system for securing shower curtains to the shower wall and preventing water seeping out of the corner between the shower curtain and bath. www.splashblade.com
Stuart Turner
make very good quality pumps. They are a British company and started life in 1906 in Henley on Thames, where they are still based, making engines for river boats and other vehicles. www.stuart-turner.co.uk

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