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  1. Woodro92

    Woodro92 New Member

    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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  2. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber

    Try unscrewing the top section.
  3. snowhead

    snowhead Well-Known Member

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

    Turn anticlockwise, with palm of hand pushing down on it.
  4. Woodro92

    Woodro92 New Member

    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
  5. snowhead

    snowhead Well-Known Member

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

    townfanjon Trusted Plumber GSR

    I dont think its the top 2 bands , its the very top before the "bands" start
  7. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR

    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 ?
  8. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber

    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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  9. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR

    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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  10. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber

    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. :smile:
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  11. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR

    Ah ! Now that's cleared it !

    I fully understand. Thank you. Lol
  12. Best

    Best Trusted Plumber

    Just to be clear, - on a Whackometer scale of 10, it only needs a 5.5.
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  13. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber Plumber GSR

    Ha ha, excellent.
    I'm glad you've referred to the plumbers whackometer scale of belting things about.
    I was thinking with the 'hit your wife power', comment, it might be nearer 6.25 but you cleared it up for me.
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