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Discuss Difficult tap head removal at UK Plumbers Forums; Hi guys, Having difficulty removing this tap head to replace the washer. No visible seam to remove the cap looks like a one piece but I can't be sure. Any ...
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    Hi guys,
    Having difficulty removing this tap head to replace the washer.
    No visible seam to remove the cap looks like a one piece but I can't be sure.
    Any advice on what to try.
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    Default Re: Difficult tap head removal

    Try unscrewing the top section.

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    Default Re: Difficult tap head removal

    As above
    It's usually the very top above the 2 bands.

    Turn anticlockwise, with palm of hand pushing down on it.

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    Thanks guys it must be incredibly tight as I can't un-screw it no matter how hard I try, I'll have to pick up another strap spanner to attack it from 2 sides

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    Default Re: Difficult tap head removal

    It'll be "Glued " with old soap, shampoo, detergent etc.

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    Default Re: Difficult tap head removal

    I dont think its the top 2 bands , its the very top before the "bands" start
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    Default Re: Difficult tap head removal

    Yes, as above, the dome part.
    I would suspect turns and unscrews. It is possible that it just pulls off. Go easy though.

    If all else fails, I find throwing myself face down and having a temper tantrum can make me think better.

    Have you tried warming the top with hot water ?

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    Default Re: Difficult tap head removal

    Try whacking it gently with something that won't scratch or dent it, - like a rubber mallet.
    Then top tip is clean the little top dome well and use electrical insulating tape all around it quite lumpy to allow you grip with your hand.
    Failing that then just persevere with a strap wrench.
    I use silicone grease on their threads later so someday it might come off easier
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    Quote Originally Posted by Best View Post
    Try whacking it gently with something that won't scratch or dent it, - like a rubber mallet.
    Then top tip is clean the little top dome well and use electrical insulating tape all around it quite lumpy to allow you grip with your hand.
    Failing that then just persevere with a strap wrench.
    I use silicone grease on their threads later so someday it might come off easier
    Whack it gently ?

    That just made me laugh out loud !

    Rest of advice is brill as usual 'best' but, I don't know how you whack something gently ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Plumber View Post
    Whack it gently ?

    That just made me laugh out loud !

    Rest of advice is brill as usual 'best' but, I don't know how you whack something gently ?
    Lol! I knew it sounded wrong!
    What I meant was hit it a fair whack, but not as hard to break the basin, or the power you would use to whack your wife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Best View Post
    Lol! I knew it sounded wrong!
    What I meant was hit it a fair whack, but not as hard to break the basin, or the power you would use to whack your wife.
    Ah ! Now that's cleared it !

    I fully understand. Thank you. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Plumber View Post
    Ah ! Now that's cleared it !

    I fully understand. Thank you. Lol
    Just to be clear, - on a Whackometer scale of 10, it only needs a 5.5.
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