1. Visiting from the US? Why not try DIYnot.US instead? Click here to continue to DIYnot.US.
    Dismiss Notice

Dripping double-handle sink tap: how to fix it?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by sglaoli, 2 May 2013.

  1. sglaoli

    sglaoli

    Joined:
    2 May 2013
    Messages:
    2
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    New South Wales
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I have a dripping sink tap in my kitchen. It's a double-handle mixer tap. See the photo. I even could not dissemble the handle, perhaps a special key is needed to dissemble it? I saw a DORF brand on the body. Anyone knows how to fix it? Thanks.
     
  2. PrenticeBoyofDerry

    PrenticeBoyofDerry

    Joined:
    30 Jun 2009
    Messages:
    21,627
    Thanks Received:
    2,382
    Location:
    Londonderry
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    It's likely that a ceramic disc has worn(could be either hot/cold) or could be debris within it, preventing it from fully closing.
    The tap indicators red/blue discs on top, normally can be gently prised off using a small flat headed screw driver. This should then reveal a screwhead that will require undoing. But it maybe that there is a small screw or allen nut on the lever that needs loosening.(so check for that before prising red/blue disc off). Once undone the tap lever will be loose and can be removed. Under the lever is the tap valve mechanism (cartridge).
    You will require a correctly sized spanner to remove this from the body of the tap. Integral to the cartridge is a ceramic disc, in some cases it is possible to replace the disc, but often straight swap out with cartridge is a better option.
    Before you start removing any components, isolate water supply and have a small container handy for putting the bits that you have removed in, so they don't get lost. Also put the plug in the sink, so nothing finds it's way in to the waste, if dropped.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  3. Sponsored Links
  4. pukka

    pukka

    Joined:
    29 Oct 2008
    Messages:
    93
    Thanks Received:
    14
    Location:
    Leicestershire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    and don't forget to put the plug in the plug hole. dropping a screw down the plug hole is not fun.
    :eek:

    Paul
     
  5. sglaoli

    sglaoli

    Joined:
    2 May 2013
    Messages:
    2
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Location:
    New South Wales
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thanks for your advices. In fact I have tried to dissemble it. I prised off the red/blue discs, from the hole, I can see something like the screw hole, rather than an Allen key hole. I could not take it off using either a screw drive or Allen key. Perhaps I need a special key with screw on it to remove this lever so that I can have access to the cartridge. I just stopped there. Anyone got the experience for such special mechanism?

     
  6. DIYnot Local

    DIYnot Local

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2019
    Country:
    United Kingdom

    If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.

    Select the supplier or trade you require, enter your location to begin your search.


    Are you a trade or supplier? You can create your listing free at DIYnot Local

     
  7. Sponsored Links
Loading...

Share This Page