How to dismantle kitchen mixer tap? (quarter turn)

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Hi all, new to the forum.
Just bought my own place so new to DIY, so will be asking for various helps from now on :LOL:

I'm trying to get at my quarter turn cartridges in my kitchen mixer tap but I can't figure out how to get this cover/sleeve thing off. Is is threaded on there or just pushed on?

The tap has lots of limescale etc, I even had to drill the screws out because they were locked solid and rounded off lol!

I'm concerned about using mole grips on this incase I dent it/scratch it, etc. I've tried soaking it in vinegar and then WD40 but still doesn't seem to want to budge at all!





 
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They are usauly screwed . Wrap a cloth around it and put ur grips on
 
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I finally managed to get the cover thing off. Got annoyed in the end and just put the mole grips straight on it, wasn't bothered about scratches now because I noticed a hole has corroded through it lol! I also used a lighter to heat it up then it removed!

Now I'm stuck on the cartridge bit! Seems even more solid than the cover was!

I definitely will get a new tap at some point, I've just got no money and looking online they seem to cost £50 - £100!!!

This is just a bodge in the mean time so my hot water runs faster.

Any clues on getting the cartridge out please? My adjustable spanner has already slipped and chewed up the nut a bit. I've tried a leverage bar too. Might try and borrow my mates socket set as that won't slip...






 
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