"Was fitting a kitchen and thought i would also fit a tap outside. I already had a cold water tap but wanted an outside hot tap for washing the car etc. This is a great product. As the pipe goes straight into the wall there is no worry about frost. Have had it fitted for a year now with no issues. Don't over-tighten, and fit the tap first before fixing to the wall."
"I only ever use these now unless the sitution dictates otherwise. Secure it to the wall/bulkhead first, then fit the tap and you won't have any problems. Don't over tighten or use too much ptfe, take your time. By it's design it's not going to be as rigid as a back/wall plate elbow.
It also looks a lot neater than than back plate elbows."
"This allows the tap to be directly attached to the union leaving less pipework outside and hence vulnerable to frost. It certainly looks better than a wall plate elbow and covers up any chipping of the brick from drilling the hole under the flange!"
"Once i an while a great idea comes along. This is one of them. When using a conventional back-plate it is often difficult to line the tap up horizontal. Well this hose union backplate made it so easy. Fit tap to union, push the tube through the wall and connect up, simple as falling off a plank. It goes without saying that the plate should rest squarely against the wall as if it is not then when screwing the plate to the wall it would put a terrific strain on the plate and could cause it to fail. The tap has been in use for about two weeks now and it works without problems. A great product that saves time and money. I would recommend this product to both pros and d.i.y’rs alike. I will never go back to the old way of fitting an outside tap."
"I read the previous review and have had a completely different experience. We've fitted about 20 of these and never had a single problem. They're easy and convenient and avoid the need for external pipework. The key is to make sure it's screwed tight to the wall BEFORE making any connections on either end. And don't overtighten the tap. Use a good quality PTFE thread sealant (eg Loctite) and it will not leak."
"It is a great idea and certainly makes a tidy job of installing an outside tap but I have had to replace the first one as the brass part of it cracked and started leaking. I'm on my second one now, so far so good!"
"Will be taking this union back as it is rubbish. Bought union myself but had plumber fix it. On day of fixing tested ok. Next day water leaking out of brass backplate. Problem is brass casting is not fit for purpose as it had 3 pinholes in it and had two splits where tap screwed in, (tap was not overtightened as still a turn or two to go to reach backplate ), hence water spraying everywhere. Will cost me more in returning and refitting as a result. Think twice about buyting this."
"Fitted this on outside tap thought job done. Two days later water spraying from brass union. On examination it was cracked. Got a replacement and a friend who is a plumber fitted it for me. Two days later the union cracked again. Not enough material in the union. Got one elsewhere now best avoided... :("