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    #1

    knob, handle or valve



    Do you call the thing you turn a knob, handle, or valve?

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    #2

    Re: knob, handle or valve

    When it's round, I'd call it a knob. Turning it opens or closes the valve it's attached to.
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    #3

    Re: knob, handle or valve

    It's a faucet.

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    #4

    Re: knob, handle or valve

    Those are knobs of a mixer tap (BrE)
    The valves which operates the tap are housed within.
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    #5

    Re: knob, handle or valve

    No one I know would call it anything other than a tap. A plumber might make a differentiation for each part, but I don't know any plumbers.

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    #6

    Re: knob, handle or valve

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Those are knobs of a mixer tap (BrE)
    They are not knobs in BrE. The whole thing is a mixer tap. The roundish things are the hot and cold taps.

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    #7

    Re: knob, handle or valve

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    They are not knobs in BrE. The whole thing is a mixer tap. The roundish things are the hot and cold taps.
    The whole unit is called a tap. The part which you turn the water on is called a handle. Handles come in all shapes. There are the long lever handles called "tap levers". There are the the classic cross handles and rounded knob-shaped handles(knob handles?).

    http://www.notjusttaps.co.uk/range-spares-fittings.htm
    Last edited by tedmc; 10-May-2016 at 06:34.
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    #8

    Re: knob, handle or valve

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    The part which you turn the water on is called a handle.
    The plumber who replaces one may call it a handle. The normal people who turn it call it a tap.

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    #9

    Re: knob, handle or valve

    I am sure OP knows what a tap is but that wasn't the question.
    The question was about a specific component part of a tap.
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    Re: knob, handle or valve

    And the OP now knows what native speakers call said component.

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