Hi, I have run into a problem. I bought the mostbeautiful solid brass tub handle/ diverter for my clawfoot tub. Both are ancient. There are no manufacturer markings on the faucet and it is missing its hand held hose and shower piece. Am I dealing with Metric VS American? How do I measure for washers and whatever else I need to have this installed? Thank you for your help.
Posts: 56 | Location: Okla/Vermont | Registered: May 25, 2012
Don't know for sure, but I don't think Britain switched to metric very long ago, so if your fixture is old, it probably uses the same measuring system we still do. However, the washer and thread sizes still may be different.
I'd take the fixture to a well stocked plumbing supply house and see what they can offer.
To be honest, I don't like the idea of using foreign - even British - plumbing fixtures because you will probably have difficulty finding replacement parts - as you are now experiencing.
Posts: 12113 | Location: Eagle, CO USA | Registered: Sep 18, 2002
The Brits are pretty messed up with the metric system. I lived there from 1979-1981 and it was very much English measurements then... miles, pints, pounds, feet... etc. Now they have quite a mix, in the pub beer is still sold by the pint. Road distances were still in miles and speed in miles per hour when I was there in 2009. Their gallons are bigger than ours, a British pint is about 20 US oz versus 16 so if you watch "Top Gear" on BBC the MPG figures they give are inflated because their gallon is bigger.
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