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Replacing a washer on a tap

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Hi, I have a seriously annoying dripping tap which is getting worse. I have included some pictures.
I need to replace the washer. Has anyone came across these sorts of taps.  as you can see from the picture the bath has been tiled in so I cannot get access to underneath without taking the tiles off - which would be a complete pain. Do you think the silver full unit will pull off if I use some brute force or do you think it will be screwed in fro underneath? Any advice would be much appreciated!

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  • grumblergrumbler Forumite
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    I am pretty sure you'll be able to extract the valve after removing the handle covering it. Look for some hidden screw holding the handle.
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  • roddydogsroddydogs Forumite
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    Not a plumber but don't think that'll be a washer, more like ceramic disk. Right pain sometimes the whole tap has to be replaced.
  • PierremontQuaker03PierremontQuaker03 Forumite
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    I don't mind replacing the whole tap if it means I don't have to touch the tiles!
  • JackmydadJackmydad Forumite
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    If you're replacing the taps the bath will have to come out.
    That's the "joy" of having the taps there.
    If they're quarter turn taps, then as said it'll be ceramic type.
    Screwfix do some
    https://www.screwfix.com/c/bathrooms-kitchens/reviver-kits-tap-spares/cat820108?modelname=ceramic_tap_glands
    but if the taps are a decent make you may be able to get spares.
    Removing the knobs will be a matter of either a straight pull up, or as already said there may be a grub screw, probably allen headed at the rear. Or somewhere. Make sure you have the right size key.
    Don't use excessive force, and try not to mark the chrome.

  • PierremontQuaker03PierremontQuaker03 Forumite
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    Jackmydad said:
    If you're replacing the taps the bath will have to come out.
    That's the "joy" of having the taps there.
    If they're quarter turn taps, then as said it'll be ceramic type.
    Screwfix do some
    https://www.screwfix.com/c/bathrooms-kitchens/reviver-kits-tap-spares/cat820108?modelname=ceramic_tap_glands
    but if the taps are a decent make you may be able to get spares.
    Removing the knobs will be a matter of either a straight pull up, or as already said there may be a grub screw, probably allen headed at the rear. Or somewhere. Make sure you have the right size key.
    Don't use excessive force, and try not to mark the chrome.

    Yes they are quarter turn taps.  The tap itself feels quite loose you can move it from side to side which hopefully means it will come out quite easily. Thanks I'll take a look.
  • ElephantBoy57ElephantBoy57 Forumite
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    Yes they are quarter turn taps.  The tap itself feels quite loose you can move it from side to side which hopefully means it will come out quite easily. Thanks I'll take a look.
    If you visit the store where they are sold, you will be able to examining them and look for the retaining screw or see how it pulls off.

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    edited 2 July at 1:00PM
    You probably won’t be able to get a replacement ceramic valve immediately, but you can usually make do with a washer type complete tap head as a stopgap. Best to get one in before doing anything else.

    https://www.screwfix.com/p/swirl-bathroom-basin-contract-tap-reviver-kit/12204


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  • PierremontQuaker03PierremontQuaker03 Forumite
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    yes I cannot find this exact model anywhere tor me to know what parts I need
  • GDB2222GDB2222 Forumite
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    You will be able to get a new ceramic cartridge, but you cannot match it up until you extract the old one. Things like the number of splines vary. 
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  • GDB2222GDB2222 Forumite
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    The tap handles are probably a push fit, by the way. 
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