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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:05 pm 
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Hi complete novice here. Need help figuring out how to access the kitchen mixer taps washers. The spout has been leaky for a while now.
There is no easy flip cap like the bathroom taps.

Around the back is a grub screw which can be removed with an allen key. I presume this allows you to remove the spout (I tried but couldn't yank it out, despite moving it level with the taps). No idea how to access the tap washers.

Any ideas would be appreciated. Many thanks.


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The taps are standard contractor taps the tops are just push fit iirc



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But if it's leaking from the middle stem(where it swivels) then it'll probably be an O ring.. I assume you have isolating valves under the sink ?

If so does one or the other sort the leak.. or is it a drip ?

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Hi thanks for the replies. I actually just mean the spout is gently dripping when the taps are turned off.

The isolating valves are under the sink. I can turn off the cold water, but the hot water valve is so tight I can't shift it :sad:

I thought this would be a quick thing to DIY but I just found this video and it seems relevant:


If that's what I need to do then I'm gonna have to call the professionals!


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If the spout is dripping then you are "barking up the wrong tree" the washers you need to change are under each tap, not the spout, its each tap handle you want to remove, not the spout (as flash22 said you pull them off, although easier said than done)

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If the spout is dripping then you are "barking up the wrong tree" the washers you need to change are under each tap, not the spout, its each tap handle you want to remove, not the spout (as flash22 said you pull them off, although easier said than done)


May not be quite so right with that post SE.

Water is held in the spout by vacuum, if the spout O ring has gone it allows air into the spout and the water in the spout will drip out. Normally it will be as you say but not always.



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WOOF! :lol:

OK so these push fit tap handles - how do I remove them? I can't find any info on them.
- Do I need any special equipment?
- what is the technique to prise them off?

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Looks like prising them off where the coloured ring is would work... never come across that exact model though.

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As wine~O said, they probably come off where the coloured ring is. I would put a blunt screwdriver in there and turn it slightly, repeat all the way round the tap, (or turn the tap round) not too much at any one time as you may bend the spindle.

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In order to take it off evenly without damaging the spindle teeth I might try using tie wraps. Wrap one around where the coloured band is and then loop another one to that one so that you have the two ends which you can then tie more to create a handle directly above the tap to pull evenly with. Being plastic it's unlikely to scratch or mark the metal.

Edit: if you try it you may have to bind the two ends together with some gorilla tape to make the handle.



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Check there's not a grub scruff in the handle first.


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Do yourself a favour ask your neighbours/friends for the telephone number of a good plumber ring them and say how much to stop a leak on a kitchen tap. Spend your time ringing around for a few quotes for about £40 to £50 up north.

1 Its non standard tap handle
2 The isolating valve on the hot won't shut off
4 its owld so is likely seized cacked up whatever
3 you don't have the tools
4 you don't have the knowledge
5 Its christmas do you really want to flood the kitchen out

otherwise let it drip

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To be honest it's almost certainly a waste of time. Once the swivel joint starts leaking it's normally corroded enough that a replacement o ring doesn't last 5 mins.

I wouldn't bother with the taps. Loosen the grubscrew and pull the spout off to see what o ring you need. If the taps are letting by it'll drop out the spout afterwards :wink:

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