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Discuss Any idea how to get the top cap off this tap? in the Valves & Taps area at UKPlumbersForums.co.uk.

  1. bensaunders

    bensaunders New Member


    I can't work out which bit unscrews - I'm guessing it is either side of the two ribs but if someone knows it will help me decide where to give it some wellie!
  2. snowhead

    snowhead Well-Known Member

    Almost certain it's just above the 2 ribs.
    Palm of your hand (maximum contact) and push down and twist.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2016
  3. Meady

    Meady Plumber GSR

    As above, just the disc in the very top.
  4. jtsplumbing

    jtsplumbing Plumber GSR

    Have you tried just pulling the top off ? had other taps like this , takes a bit of patience and wriggling about but they will move .
  5. SimonG

    SimonG Plumber

    Top cap on those I think. Get the rubber gloves out for extra grip.
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  6. moonlight

    moonlight Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Very top section unscrews. the rest will be obvious. If it doesn't move easily gently tap round the top ring. It will eventually move.
  7. gassafe

    gassafe Plumber GSR

    Had one like it last week, was solid! A rubber glove & pouring boiling water over the top did it
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  8. student plumber

    student plumber Member

    Either prise off with thin flat screwdriver, carefully.

    Or some rubber gloves and grunting.
  9. gassafe

    gassafe Plumber GSR

    I meant to say it had to be unscrewed after the hot water trick
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  10. YorkshireDave

    YorkshireDave Member

    GasSafe & Simon G are spot on. The threads become gunked up with soap and rubbish. When reassembling use a little silicone grease on the threads.
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  11. student plumber

    student plumber Member

    Had a tap like it the other day, took me a few minutes to get it off, cannot remember how it came off though.
    But I would use a persuader on the spout if needed but protect spout first, and try and unscrew it.
  12. ShaunCorbs

    ShaunCorbs Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Top cap just above the rings unscrews
  13. Harvest Fields

    Harvest Fields Trusted Plumber GSR Top Contributor!!

    Just the top cap. But if it has not been touched for years it will be solid. I use a soft cloth to protect the cap and a pair of grips to turn it. But be careful, if you don't use the cloth you will scrape the chrome
  14. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    A few tips for removing those top caps, -
    They are very rounded, so not much to grip on, but try a strap wrench that has a rubber strap.
    First tap the cap gently a few times with a rubber mallet, or rubber coated handle of your hammer or pliers to hopefully unseize the threads.
    Put electrical insulating tape around the edge of cap and do it so that it is rough, folded up way - that will make it so easy to grip with your hand and is a brilliant way to try to remove any parts on taps
  15. student plumber

    student plumber Member

    That is if tap doesn't turn while unscrewing the cap because it's seized up, persuader is worst case. Correction, changing tap is worst case.
  16. Chalked

    Chalked Plumber GSR

    As the original post was last November. I'm sure the poster has sorted if. :cool:
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