stiff taps

Discussion in 'UK Home Improvement' started by Capt T, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. Capt T

    Capt T Guest

    I have a 4 year old bathroom sink tap with single spout and muti swiveling
    control lever. Its getting very stiff to operate but never drips. Is there a
    way of lubricating these, I know there is no washer as such, just a plate
    that moves over the inlets or something like that. Could you dismantle a
    spray silicon that you use to lubricate rubber flaps etc>>
    TIA
    Capt T, Feb 14, 2008
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  2. Capt T

    Oliver Guest

    Capt T wrote:
    > I have a 4 year old bathroom sink tap with single spout and muti
    > swiveling control lever. Its getting very stiff to operate but never
    > drips. Is there a way of lubricating these, I know there is no washer
    > as such, just a plate that moves over the inlets or something like
    > that. Could you dismantle a spray silicon that you use to lubricate
    > rubber flaps etc>> TIA


    I'm not a plumber, but I have had experience of that sort of tap in the past
    in both kitchen and bathroom. After some time, the tap feels really 'stuck'
    as if there is a rubber washer gone funny inside.

    As you say, there is no washer. There is usually a plate as you describe.
    It is usually operated by a sort of srew-within-a-screw mechanism when you
    turn the tap. You could probably find a diagram on the net. You have to
    unscrew the tap cylinder, operate the tap mechanism so as to release the
    inner core, lubricate very generously with vaseline and then replace. If
    you then operate the tap on and off a few times it quickly returns to it
    former smooth self. A very rewarding little job and well worth knowing how
    to do.

    You will probably need at least one large spanner or adjustable wrench.

    --

    Oliver
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    Oliver, Feb 14, 2008
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