How to choose the correct taps for your home

Views 4 Likes Comments Comment
Like if this Guide is helpful

How to choose the correct taps for your home -

If you are intending to change or install new tapware in your home, there are some details you need to be aware of to make sure that you are installing the correct tapware for your situation.
These include correct taps (stuffing box assemblies), commonly referred to as SBAs, and handles. Because there are such a wide variety of products on the market, it can be confusing. We provide this information, so you can make an informed decision on what is best for you.
Let me explain a little about taps:
The hot or cold taps in your house have three parts, (not including single lever flixmixers)
  1. The plumbing combination in the wall of your house.
  2. The SBA’s .The tap component that actually stops the hot or cold water flow.
  3. The handle. 
If you currently have separate hot and cold tops at your fixture (EG: bath, shower, vanity, sink, laundry tub or washing machine) you can change the tapware without changing the plumbing combination in the wall of your house.
A normal tap, the type which are often fitted to older homes, are fitted with a tap washer (often referred to as a “jumper valve”)
A normal tap (with a handle) rotates anti-clockwise to the open position. It is also normal for the cold water tap on that fixture to be on the right hand side.
A normal tap with a “jumper valve” turns about three full turns from the off position to the full on position.
Ceramic disc taps (SBA’s) Stuffing Box Assemblies
Generally speaking there are three types of ceramic disc SBAs (taps) -
  1. ¾ turn ceramic disc SBAs (with standard handles) are usually installed in most new homes that are not fitted with flixmixers.
  2. 1/4 turn ceramic disc SBAs (with standard handles) are often installed at the owners request, as they offer a faster action, from the off to on position.
  3. Contra-rotating ¼ turn SBAs are often installed with lever handles for people with a disability.
The Question, can ceramic disc SBAs be installed into the existing plumbing combination?
The Answer, normally yes, provided that you currently have separate hot and cold taps on your fixture.
Even if you should have a dripping tap, provided that your favourite handyman or plumber can “re-seat” the plumbing combination that would stop that tap from dripping, then a ceramic disc SBA can be easily be installed, replacing the original “jumper valve”.
¾ Turn Ceramic Disc SBA (stuffing box assemblies)
  • The ¾ turn are by far the most popular. This modern technology, low maintenance, ¾ turn ceramic disc taps are particualy suitable for high quality town or tank water.
  • Many people love the ¾ turn feature, due to its’ ease of operation and water flow control.
  • The ceramic-disc tap-assembly system  creates a high-end product that feels superb. The smooth, rotating action is provided by the precision-ground ceramic discs.
¼ Turn Ceramic Disc SBA (Stuffing Box Assemblies)
  • 1/4 turn ceramic disc SBA”s (with standard handles) are often installed at the owners request, as they offer a faster action, than the ¾ turn from the off to on position.
  • Standard ¼ turn taps for both the hot and cold water turn anti-clockwise from off to on position.
¼ Turn Contra-rotating SBA (Stuffing Box Assemblies)
Contra-rotating means that the tap handles turn in opposite directions.
  • The cold water tap is located on the right and the handle turns anti-clockwise to open, same as normal.
  • The hot water tap is located on the left, and the handle turns clockwise to open, the opposite to normal.
  • Most contra-rotating SBAs are fitted with lever handles. 
Lever Handles come in several styles, designs and lengths. These are the most common type of handles fitted to homes to assist people with poor hand function.
Some of the most common lever handles are:-
  • 75mm easy clean rod pattern.
  • 55mm long flared lever handles.
  • 150mm surgical lever handles which are generally installed to wash basins in doctor’s surgery’s and in hospitals. (Not normally installed in a domestic situation)
The reason Lever handles are best installed onto ¼ turn, contra-rotating ceramic disc taps -
If you were to install a lever handle onto a normal tap with a “jumper valve” which turns about three full turns from the off position to the full on position, or ¾ turn ceramic disc SBAs, there is a good possibility that the end of the tap handle would hit the kitchen sink, laundry or bath spout as it turns.
It is also important that the tap handles are pointing in the same direction every time they are either on or off. This is particularly important for any person with vision impairment.
The benefits of having lever handles fitted to ¼ turn, contra-rotating ceramic disc taps -
No need to grip the tap handles tight to be able to turn the handle.
The taps can be pushed on and off with the back of your hand.
You can still have separate hot and cold taps that allows for easy identification and temperature control of the water. (Not like a single lever flixmixer which can be confusing for some people).
No need to change the plumbing combination in the wall.Any person with arthritis or other hand movement problems will enjoy the ease at which lever handled, ceramic disc taps operate.
Personal hygiene and independence are the basic human requirements and lever handle, ceramic disc taps can make a massive difference to a disabled persons wellbeing.
Availability
There is a chance that when you go to your local hardware or plumbing supplier they will tell you that ¼ turn ceramic disc taps are not available in either conventional or contra-rotating configuration and possibly tell you a similar story about lever handles.
I suggest that they may not be conversant with that tapware range or maybe they do not deal with a manufacturer of this tapware.
There are a number of manufactures that produce lever handles and ¼ turn, contra-rotating ceramic disc taps.
Ramtaps are a well-known and reputable Australian tapware manufacturer, with a full range of lever handles and ceramic disc SBA’s.
Note to the Plumber – (Lever handle positions where fitted)
Lever handles which are installed on a wall (Vertical Surface) i.e. wall mounted sink taps, laundry tub, shower and bath should hang vertical when in the off position and the handles should rotate out and upward to the on position.
Lever handles which are installed on a fixture (Horizontal Surface) i.e. the sink and vanity should be straight across (parallel with the wall) with the handles pointing outwardly in the off position and rotate forward and together to the on position.

Ramseal SBA’s (Stuffing Box Assemblies)
  • Ram Taps are the only company that manufacture SBAs specifically for poor water quality.
  • The advanced linear closing system provides a smooth closing action while eliminating problems experienced with poor water quality and high mineral content.
  • Ramtaps fuse high-end technology and precision engineering to create the exclusive Ramseal. The non-rising spindle and fixed stop systems ensure smooth action and a quality feel, suitable for both cross and lever styled handles.
  • The Ramseal S.B.A’s will allow the handle to rotate a few turns from the off to on position, similar to the old tap washer (Jumper Valve) type taps.
Choosing Handles
Generally handles and SBAs made by the same manufacturer are interchangeable. Handles of one brand will not generally fit onto the SBAs of a different brand.
If in doubt, check with your plumber or supplier for clarification.
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this guide. We hope it has been beneficial to you and has eliminated any confusion you may have had about choosing your tapware.
If we can be of further assistance, please contact us through ebay. Our ebay store is craftecglobal.
 
 

Have something to share, create your own Guide... Write a Guide
Explore more Guides