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Hot water tap won't rotate (PHOTOS INCLUDED!)

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bosseye

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 11:20 am Reply with quote

Blimey, this is driving me nuts!

Basically, in the last few days the hot tap for the mixer on the bath has gone stiff, so now it siezes after about 1 rotation - so theres simply not enough hot water coming out to have a shower. I would presume a dodgy washer, or simply a good clean/descale of the components is required, however I can't figure out how to undo the tap!

I get as far as you can see in the phots, but I can't work out how to remove the rotating top assembly (with the cross shaped bars) to get at the brass nut underneath.

Something simple? Hopefully. I need to get this fixed because I'm starting to smell!
Thanks in advance



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 11:31 am Reply with quote

Do you want the posh answer or the plumber's one?
And are you a mean git?

Lots of solutions:
Pour boiling water on the head - everything expands and the goo softens.
Put the screw back in loose, put a lever under the head and pull up while tapping down on the screw.

Use a posh adjustable "puller" - under a tenner, and I wouldn't be wthout one

Or - you might as well get a pair of tap revivers, they're cheap 12 or so , from a merchant or even a "shed".
(eg These are a fiver)

Then put a gert big pair of grips on the tap top. And undo. The tap top might break, but so what, you've got a replacement.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 3:10 pm Reply with quote

Once you've got the head off you'll find that water has got in behind the barrel which supports the washer, past the oring where the spindle thread is. If you empty the water out of the barrel then put graphite paste on it it should be ok for further use.
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bosseye

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 8:28 am Reply with quote

Thanks chaps - I'll try boiling water first then, see what happens. Other than that, I might simply rip out the old taps and buy some new ones.

If I could get the side of the bath off that is icon_mad.gif
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bosseye

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 7:03 pm Reply with quote

No joy here. Still can't work out how to get at the main nut. I'll get a plumber in then!

Seriously, why make taps that you can't take apart? All the other taps in the entire house come apart like a dream, allowing total access the entire valve. But not the bath taps.

Sods law eh? Thanks for the help though.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 8:43 pm Reply with quote

Those taps are easy to get apart. Already told you how! It would take several seconds.
http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/pro.jsp?id=48634&ts=73022
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