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How do I remove the parts behind the handles?

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How do I remove the parts behind the handles?

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I have tried a wall spanner and I have tried using WD40 and a wall spanner. What else can I do? Does this job require a plumber?

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Re: How do I remove the parts behind the handles?

Hi @Andrea39,

 

If a tap spanner isn't working for you then it could need more force applied to break the seal on the old washer. As with your spout question, make sure you are unscrewing in an anti-clockwise direction. In the tap spanner kit, there is normally a little bar to use as a handle whilst turning it. If you slip a solid pipe over the handle that is longer it will be able to apply more force.

 

Sometimes tap spindles can become quite stuck and it requires a significant amount of force to remove them. As with @redracer01's advice in your other thread, you don't want to put too much force on them or risk doing damage.

 

It's a bit hard to tell from the picture, but does the nut on the spindle protrude out from the wall at all? Even if it doesn't you might still be able to get an adjustable spanner on it. That's how I got my last spindle out that was stuck when the tap spanner wasn't working.

 

Mitchell

 

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Re: How do I remove the parts behind the handles?

Hello @Andrea39 

 

You need to use this tool to remove the spindle.

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Re: How do I remove the parts behind the handles?

Hi @Andrea39,

 

I just thought I'd check-in to see if you have had any luck with removing your tap spindles.

 

Please let us know if you are still having issues with them.

 

Mitchell

 

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Re: How do I remove the parts behind the handles?

I’ve already tried this with no luck. Do you have any other suggestions? I’ve also sprayed WD40 and that hasn’t made it any easier either

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Re: How do I remove the parts behind the handles?

I will assume you have turned the water off. If so open the tap ( turn the tap on to drain the water in the pipe) and release the pressure of the valve you should be able to undo the spindle using the tools suggested above.

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I forgot if all else fails use a pipe wrench on the main body and a few gentle taps it will loosen, however you may need to replace the unit

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Re: How do I remove the parts behind the handles?

What do you mean by replacing the unit? Is that just replacing the spindles? I tried releasing the pressure and then using the wall spanner but it wouldn’t budge. Is it better to call a plumber rather than trying any other methods in case I destroy the plumbing. The spout and spindles would be about 20 yes old so they seem to be stuck in place. Having said that I don’t have much muscular strength as well

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Re: How do I remove the parts behind the handles?

Ok first of all if doubt exist then call the plumber

The unit is the complete part spindle and main body, the spindle passes through the main body. The attached photo is the pipe wrench it has a longer handle giving you the Strength you need. Because the house is around 20 years old the fittings will be harder to get off. So something with a longer handle is needed. A plumber Will use the same sort of tool in this situation. hope this helps3c773eb4-127f-4749-915d-dfd6f9f8d35c.jpg

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Re: How do I remove the parts behind the handles?

Hi Andrea39

How did you go have you removed the tap assembly?

 

 

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Re: How do I remove the parts behind the handles?

Hi Mitchell

 

your advice has been helpful. I went into Bunnings today and got a pipe wrench, hammer and long screwdriver. I managed to get the two and one spindle off and replace it.

ill have to get the other spindle off tomorrow. I might try using the pipe wrench instead of the wall spanner because the spindle doesn’t want to budge

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