Archive for June, 2014

Replacing a tap washer

Monday, June 30th, 2014

One of the most common DIY jobs around the home is replacing a worn tap washer to stop a dripping tap, here we show you how this can be a simple job to repair.
First turn off the water supply to the dripping tap. This can be done in the loft storage tank by closing the two valves coming from the tank or the mains stop-cock, usually found under the sink.
Before you start to dismantle the tap, place the plug in the outlet of the sink – this will prevent any small items you drop from going down the plughole!!.
Remove the top of the tap. most modern taps have “shroud” knobs with a red or blue marking to indicate if the tap is hot or cold water. These inserts usually hide the screw which holds the knob to the spindle. Use a small screwdriver to lever off the insert and expose the screw holding the knob.Use an adjustable spanner to unscrew the tap valve so that you can remove the valve from the tap seat.Unscrew or flip off the washer and replace with another. Reverse the process to reassemble the tap.