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Any ideas of how to remove the nut on a high level WC cistern

Discuss Any ideas of how to remove the nut on a high level WC cistern at UK Plumbers Forums; Hi I have been unsuccessfully trying to remove this nut to release the syphon from a high level cistern. The pipe is plastic so I cannot heat up the nut. ...
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    Default Any ideas of how to remove the nut on a high level WC cistern

    Hi

    I have been unsuccessfully trying to remove this nut to release the syphon from a high level cistern. The pipe is plastic so I cannot heat up the nut. I have tried freeze it spray which usually works but not on this occasion.

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    Default Re: Any ideas of how to remove the nut on a high level WC cistern

    Try a hair dryer to warm it?

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    Default Re: Any ideas of how to remove the nut on a high level WC cistern

    get a pair of grips on the threaded part and a decent adjustable spanner on the nut, should come off with no problem!

    Just don't mangle the thread up.
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    Default Re: Any ideas of how to remove the nut on a high level WC cistern

    As above, ^^ just use large adjustable or grips on the nut and hold the top of syphon with your other hand to prevent it turning. Only use grips on threads as last resort and don't let them slip on the threads and damage them badly.
    12 inch Footprints are great grips

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    Default Re: Any ideas of how to remove the nut on a high level WC cistern

    Morning, is that not an
    old Bakelite cistern ?
    I know this may cause alarm unnecessarily and I don't mean to because it's extremely unlikely any thing might happen but Bakelite sometimes had asbestos mixed in with it for strength.

    It's unlikely you will scratch damage or crack it but please be careful with it !

    my apologies if it's plastic

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    Default Re: Any ideas of how to remove the nut on a high level WC cistern

    I think Last Plumber is right. I think them cisterns do have an element of asbestos in them. We used to have to get a licensed asbestos removal company in to remove them when I was working for a local council.
    We was always told not to disturb them - just replace the cistern. I think in reality I would recommend, that if you have to put too much pressure on breaking the nut, quote for a new cistern. Dudley do a rubber well at most suppliers.
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    Default Re: Any ideas of how to remove the nut on a high level WC cistern

    Hi Everyone

    Many thanks for your replies. The WC has been there a long time, it is probably bakelite. I did manage to break the nut seal with two extendable spanners and "Crack it" spray. Fitted a Dudley 88 syphon easily in its place.

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