My kitchen tap is dripping

Discussion in 'Plumbers' Talk' started by rob phillips, Sep 15, 2023.

  1. rob phillips

    rob phillips New Member

    My kitchen tap is dripping but i cant get the end taps off to replace the cartridges, i've looked at the taps and there are no grubs or screws that hold in the taps.

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  2. James Plumber

    James Plumber New Member

    Hi Rob, can you send us a video of the drip?
  3. Paul connolly

    Paul connolly New Member

    Hi Rob. I’ve worked on this exact tap around 4-5 times already this month. I complete my work in the south Wales area if I could be any help? Can offer my best advice on here too.
  4. rob phillips

    rob phillips New Member

    Hi - Paul any advice would be great
  5. HarryL1234

    HarryL1234 Active Member

    Is there a press fit cap on the end of the handle that you can prise off with a small screwdriver?
  6. rob phillips

    rob phillips New Member

    Hi - There are no caps on the handles
  7. HarryL1234

    HarryL1234 Active Member

    Could you post a pic of the side? If you’re sure there are not grub screws and there is no press cap, then it looks like the handle is just a push fit.
  8. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    One of the knobs / levers / on the handle will unscrew to reveal a grub screw - I'm fairly certain but of course, could also be wrong !

    Try to spot one that looks like it may be threaded and then need to grip it without damaging chrome

    Could also be corroded and gunged up which then makes it harder to remove
    This fixing method is common on kitchen taps with a single lever on the handle - maybe yours also
  9. rob phillips

    rob phillips New Member

    As can been seen from the photo I have tried to get the ends off by using a screw driver, I have put WD40on but to no avail.
  10. rob phillips

    rob phillips New Member

    Thanks I’ll try that later
  11. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    yes and good luck
    report back to the forum with your findings - makes an interesting thread
  12. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    That tap look like the covid protein magnified :eek:
  13. rob phillips

    rob phillips New Member

    Hi - just had a plumber come and he mentioned as it was Ikea tap that there are no cartridges available, so new tap it is.
  14. BuildingMad

    BuildingMad Well-Known Member

  15. Abbadon2001

    Abbadon2001 Screwfix Select

    Looks like this one: upload_2023-9-21_16-2-38.png
  16. BuildingMad

    BuildingMad Well-Known Member

    Determine which valve is leaking & extract; remove the discs, give everything a good clean, especially limescale, replace & test.
    While it is out, check it is identical in every way, with the details provided by 'Tapmagician' just in case.
    Could be nil cost.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2023
  17. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    Sorry mate but your plumber is talking BS !

    But,,,, to be fair to him, for a pro to remove the old cartridge to ID, then source an exact replacement, then return to fit them (aways change both cartridges whilst at it) it would probably be cheaper to change the tap

    As mentioned, there’s 1,000s of cartridges, all do the same thing, many look similar, but slight different measurement on one detail, and you have to exactly match up something like 8-10 different measurements

    As mentioned (again) look up ‘the tap magician’, huge range of cartridges and plenty of diagramme showing all the measurements you need to take and match up

    Although you start with the spline count, and this is the hardest one to take (I recon) unless you have a spline count tool which makes it simple

    SF only sell a few tap cartridges but you never know, sometimes can be lucky and yours will match an 'off the shelf one'. Last time a bought from SF they were a fiver a pair and a direct replacement for my expensive Blanco kitchen tap which was leaking

    Your Ikea tap brand is irrelevant - 99.9% sure you will be able to match up cartridges but first, need to get the handle off and then, remove a cartridge. Either of these steps can put an instant halt to a repair which is annoying

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