How do remove these taps to replace a valve

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by ac124, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. ac124

    ac124 New Member

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    Hi,
    First time poster with what I'm sure is a simple problem.
    Having trouble working out how these taps come off so I can replace the valve seal.
    I have removed the small threaded brass spindle that seems to spread the split plastic collet when its in place. I assumed once this was out I would be able to pull the tap handle off the stem but there seems to be a lot of resistance still and I am worried about applying force or leverage until I know if this all that is required or if there is something else to remove/loosen first.
    Dont know the brand of fitting but it is likely Australian and about 15 years old. Any help or suggestions are much appreciated.

    cheers Greg

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  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Probably you just need a handle puller now.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    handles

    Wrap them with tape, then use a large pair of pliers to pull them off. Or try prying them off using a screwdriver against the faucet body.
  4. Herk

    Herk Plumber

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    Looks to me like you need to squeeze the plastic tabs together while you gently pull. Forcing it will break the tabs.
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