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Accessing cartridge in bathroom mixer tap

Postby DIYTryer » Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:15 pm

Hi,
Please could you advise me on disassembling a bathroom sink mixer tap. I've removed the cover/grub screw and with some "persuasion" got off the (stuck/corroded) top uni-lever/handle and following some WD40 action and patience also the collar/shroud to reveal what you see in my pix.
From YouTube videos, I was expecting to see something I could put a regular spanner off to release the cartridge but of course it wouldn't be that simple ;-).
What tool/technique do I need to unscrew this next bit to release the cartridge I presume is being held in by it.
THANK YOU for any advice you can give me.
Cheers,
DIYTryer
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Postby stoneyboy » Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:15 pm

Hi diytryer
You need to obtain or make a spanner which fits behind the lugs shown at 12 and 6 o clock in your second picture.
You will probably find it easier and cheaper to replace the tap.
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Postby DIYTryer » Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:53 pm

Thank you very much for getting back to me so quickly. I do take your point about replacing the whole thing but on the subject of the correct spanner tool to shift this if I wanted to persist - is there something you have in mind - what's it called please?
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Postby stoneyboy » Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:05 pm

Hi diytryer
You will need to search for a face pin spanner wrench.
You may find an angle grinder spanner will do the job.
Both assume you can find the right size.
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Postby DIYTryer » Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:22 pm

Thanks again, live long and prosper.
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