Hi, I'm trying to remove a tap head gear and put on a reviver kit.
One head gear (the hot tap) came off quite easily. The cold is a nightmare.
I've tried WD40, tapping the joint, heating it up but nothing is working
and I'm starting to destroy the nut.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Any help is GREATLY appreciated!
Thanks a lot,
All I can suggest is tapping the end of the wrench in the usual
anti-clockwise undo direction while a second person steadies the tap by
applying hand pressure in the opposite clockwise direction or does this with
a wrench and suitable padding to protect the chrome finish. The
wrench/spanner needs to be as firm-on and long enough so that the tapping
force is maximised. If that fails after repeated attempts you may need to
forget using the reviver kit (get a refund if unopened) and fit new taps. If
this is a bath tap you need to protect the bottom and sides of the bath
against falling/flying tools which can crack an acrylic bath or chip an
enamelled steel bath. Good luck, let us know how you get on.
If the spanner is slipping on the nut, best thing are Stillsons, AKA
pipewrench. These will grip even a round pipe, so you don't need anything
nut-like. Provided you are steadying the tap body in some effective way,
like putting a large flat or ring spanner over the spout and levering in the
opposite direction, I defy any tap to resist this.
Great, thanks both of you for your advice.
I've ordered some plusgas and I'll pick up a pipewrench next week (I'm
still building up my tool collection) and let you know the result.
Cheers for the advice, I'm enjoying my DIY. I've just got a lot to learn.
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