Odd taps

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The Medway Handyman

Hi All

Came across a problem today - changing a tap washer of all things. I've
changed dozens before, but this one was odd.

Very old kitchen circa 1960, red Formica everywhere. Tap looked a bit like
the schematic here; http://www.diydata.com/problem/taps/washer_replace.htm

Removed the grub screw apparently securing the tap head to the spindle as
shown in the schematic, but despite various methods including the
percussive, the tap head wouldn't come off at all.

The top of the tap had a plastic insert indicating hot or cold (green & red
in this case). No way would this insert come out, it appeared to be a
permanent plastic moulding.

I can't see why the tap would have a grub screw securing it from the side
and yet another securing it from the top as well, but the top of the tap
refused to come off.

Was it just jammed from age? Or does that insert mean a grub screw from
above as well as the side?


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Dave
The Medway Handyman
www.medwayhandyman.co.uk
01634 717930
07850 597257
 
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raden

The Medway said:
Hi All

Came across a problem today - changing a tap washer of all things. I've
changed dozens before, but this one was odd.

Very old kitchen circa 1960, red Formica everywhere. Tap looked a bit like
the schematic here; http://www.diydata.com/problem/taps/washer_replace.htm

Removed the grub screw apparently securing the tap head to the spindle as
shown in the schematic, but despite various methods including the
percussive, the tap head wouldn't come off at all.

The top of the tap had a plastic insert indicating hot or cold (green & red
in this case). No way would this insert come out, it appeared to be a
permanent plastic moulding.

I can't see why the tap would have a grub screw securing it from the side
and yet another securing it from the top as well, but the top of the tap
refused to come off.

Was it just jammed from age? Or does that insert mean a grub screw from
above as well as the side?
I could tell you , but then I'd have to bill you

.... sorry, don't know
 
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Harry Bloomfield

The Medway Handyman wrote :
Hi All

Came across a problem today - changing a tap washer of all things. I've
changed dozens before, but this one was odd.

Very old kitchen circa 1960, red Formica everywhere. Tap looked a bit like
the schematic here; http://www.diydata.com/problem/taps/washer_replace.htm

Removed the grub screw apparently securing the tap head to the spindle as
shown in the schematic, but despite various methods including the percussive,
the tap head wouldn't come off at all.

The top of the tap had a plastic insert indicating hot or cold (green & red
in this case). No way would this insert come out, it appeared to be a
permanent plastic moulding.

I can't see why the tap would have a grub screw securing it from the side and
yet another securing it from the top as well, but the top of the tap refused
to come off.
They can become well and truly stuck. I recently had a couple of
similar ones to do and I could not move them at all. Rather than
destroy the taps, I made up a couple of shallow wedges from scrap
hardwood. I cut a slot in each, just wide enough for the spindle at the
pointy end to allow them to fit either side. Then put them in place
from opposite sides and tapped the blunt ends of the wedges with a pair
of hammers. The came straight off.
 
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The Medway Handyman

Harry said:
They can become well and truly stuck. I recently had a couple of
similar ones to do and I could not move them at all. Rather than
destroy the taps, I made up a couple of shallow wedges from scrap
hardwood.
Now that is a good idea! Thanks!


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Dave
The Medway Handyman
www.medwayhandyman.co.uk
01634 717930
07850 597257
 
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The Medway Handyman

Mark said:
They stick with age, however if it was identical to the top photo you
don't need to remove the tap handle to replace the washer
You did with this one. The cover for the gland nut unscrewed, but the top
of the tap prevented it moving up far enough to get a spanner on the jumper.
So ner ner ne ner ner.
Are you sure this was a good career move ?
Yes thanks, wish I'd done it years ago.


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Dave
The Medway Handyman
www.medwayhandyman.co.uk
01634 717930
07850 597257
 
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George Tingsley

Sorry mate Im with mark on this i was a plumber from 1950 to 2001 never
in 51 years met a chrome bell top tap that I needed to remove the tap
handle to replace a washer
 
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The Medway Handyman

"George Tingsley"
From my experience, you must have had a couple of remarkably thin
spanners, to get them in under the shroud. I couldn't even get one of
those flat multi-size spanners in on my bath tap.
Exactly my problem Colin. The shroud unscrewed OK leaving a gap of about
3mm - no way any kind of spanner would fit.


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Dave
The Medway Handyman
www.medwayhandyman.co.uk
01634 717930
07850 597257
 

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