Old 80s tap - how to take apart to replace washer?

4 Jan 2010
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My first post since 2010! Glad to see the forum is alive and well.

Anyway, I've inherited a dripping tap, and thought I'd try to extract the washer, and get a replacement. This is what the tap looks like:

tap with cap.jpg

After isolating the water, and removing the top cap, I see this:

tap without cap.jpg

All I can see is the thread which the cap screws onto, and I'm not sure how to remove the tap handle. I've tried just turning the tap handle anti-clockwise, with a bit of force, but it won't unscrew.

Has anyone worked with this style of tap before? It might just need some more elbow grease to unscrew, but I thought I'd check first before I break the thing!
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2 pry levers (screwdrivers) one each side and it will pop off, warning it might pop off and smack you in the eye whilst your knuckles smash the sink! :LOL:
Quick reply, thanks!

Here's a side view of the tap:

tap side view.jpg

With the cap removed, should I just push up using pry levers where the green arrow is on each side?
Might have to go North & South and East & West a few times to get it moving though.
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Trying with a standard screwdriver on all sides, but the thing is stuck solid. Will try and get some pry levers tomorrow and report back...
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