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No screw under the cap on tap, please help!

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Jane007b, 18 Apr 2016.

  1. Jane007b

    Jane007b

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    Trying to remove a tap head to change a washer. Top cap, with red 'hot', unscrewed from tap head OK and Revealed just the threaded spindle where the hot cap screwed on. No screw to loosen tap head.

    I've checked tons of online help but nothing like this

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    Please help guys
     

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    The red cap that you have taken off was probably what was holding the tap head to the body. Have you tried prising the head off? Some are stiff.
     
  4. The previous owners have either glued it on, are it bacame corroded, and they gave up trying to repair it. Try WD40 on it, and then see if you can pry it upwards. If you can't do that, then you'll need to take a hammer to it (carefully of course), and use a repair kit to replace the head, or at worst, a new set of taps.
     
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    Pulled and prised but no movement. Have also used wd40.
     
  6. I did get one off one day, by putting a blowtorch on the head for about 30 seconds or so. It slightly melted the head, but expanded the brass collar enough to break the grip. Stick with the WD40 a bit longer before you go for the brute force methods though.
     
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    The head still turns on, off. Is it attached to a screw thread stopping it from lifting?
     
  8. No, the head is a slpine fitting, and then a screw in the top of the head stops the tap head sliding up off the spline; then the cap is pushed on top of that to keep it clean and neat. it's either been glued on because they lost the screw, or it's gunged, and you need to keep up with the WD40. After a few goes with the WD40 (over the course of a few hours) try giving the to top of the tap head a sharp tap with a hammer to see of you can break the seal, but not too hard that it pushes the head further down the spline.
     
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