Main Tapping Competition


  • Two person teams compete in time trials consisting of two teams competing at a time. (maximum of 8 rounds to be held)
  • Each team prior to the start of the timed competition a safe work method statement is to be completed by each team and reviewed by the judge.
  • Each team member must wear appropriate PPE. (Long sleeves, long trousers, gloves, safety glasses)
  • Each team is supplied with the necessary tools and fittings to complete a 20mm water tapping on a 100mm DICL pipe, including a length of water service and stop valve.
  • The teams will carry out an under pressure tapping through a TPFNR and connect length of poly pipe and a ball valve.
  • It is up to the team members to check all tools and fittings are working prior to competition. Equipment failure is deemed the fault of competitors.
  • A starting whistle will sound and the competitors may start the process of tapping the water main.
  • The time keepers will time the competitors using stop watches (one for each team).
  • The 2-person team install the tapping band and ferrule on the 100mm pipe, tap the water main, install 1 metre of poly pipe and install a ball valve on the end of the poly. When completed the ball vale is turned off.
  • When a team has finished they must turn water off at ball valve and return all tools to the tool box shut the lid and hold up their hand, the time will be stopped.
  • The tapping will be inspected for leaks, if no leaks occur the time is recorded:
  • Penalties for faulty tapping:
    • Leak on service connection
    • Tapping not through pipe wall
    • No water from service
    • All tools not in box

When the tapping is complete and inspected the winning time will be recorded, the fastest time recorded on the day will be announced the competition winner.


  1. The tapping will be on a pressurised section of 100mm DICL pipe, set up on a stand, and pressurised from a water tank or supply.
  2. Tapping must be completed without electrical or pneumatic tools or devices.
  3. The following tools and fittings will be supplied on the day. A tapping machine tool box inside is:
    • 1 x 100mm (gun metal) tapping band
    • 1 x 20mm bonnet ferrule cock
    • 1 Metre of 25mm od poly pipe
    • 1 X 20mm ball valve.
    • 1 tapping machine with new drill bit
    • Footprints
    • 1 ring/open end spanner
    • 1 wooden paddle
    • 1 roll of thread tape
    • 1 x 20mm dia brass bend
    • 1 x 20mm dia female to male poly joiner
    • 1 x 20mm dia male poly joiner (if required)