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How can I remove stuck anti-vandal rings in tap head?

Most of the taps in my new house are fitted with so-called "anti-vandal" screws in the tap heads, as shown in the image. These screw into the tap head to tighten them onto the stem. I can't remove ...
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Can I oil a squeaking tap?

I have a tap with one handle for hot and cold water (not sure how to call it, it looks like the picture) It worked good for about 2.5 years. But now, its handle became hard to turn and it makes ...
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How can I determine what is in my water?

My question is, how can I determine exactly what these "floaties" are that I see in my drinking water? I know that I sound crazy and more than a little obsessive-compulsive....my wife tells me this ...
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Are either of these tools suitable for tightening the pipe union nut underneath a bath?

I'm having trouble tightening the pipe union nuts on some new bath taps I've fitted at my mum's house. I got everything out OK, and (because the previous plumber had put the hot tap on the right ...
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How can I replace a non-standard (20cm) bathroom faucet?

The bathroom sink has a separate cold and hot tap, their centres are 20cm apart. I want to replace them with a mixer tap. However, the mixer taps I see have 18cm distance. What are the options for ...
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How can I fill a large container in a shallow sink?

I'm moving into a dormitory building and the bathroom sinks are very shallow. I want to be able to pour water into my Brita water filter but it doesn't fit beneath the tap. I was thinking of getting ...
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How to stop a whistling hot water tap which also has a mind of its own?

The hot water tap in my kitchen whistles quite loudly when it is in a certain pressure range -- at very low and high pressures it is fine, but within the sweet spot it whistles away. It also seems to ...
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Why does my shower keep alternating between freezing and boiling by itself?

A little while ago our totally fine bath/shower tap unit broke in our bath. Our landlord's plumber installed a new one and since then we've had big problems. Steps to reproduce: We get in the shower, ...
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Why does my bath faucet drip for a few minutes after it's shut off?

I have a traditional two handled (one hot and one cold and they are separate) bath faucet. I recently had it reseated and the washers replaced, however, what I noticed was that immediately after shut ...
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Will having reversed hot and cold damage my faucet?

On our old kitchen tap handles, the cold is on the left side and hot on the right. The new taps are the exact opposite, cold being on the right and hot on the left side. Is it okay to just connect ...
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How can I repair this broken bathroom tap?

So we had a bathroom tap that looks pretty much like this: the red lines I drew are where the tap has a kind of screw joint that separates the head from the side hot/cold taps. The problem is the ...
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How can I determine what type of washer/gasket to use for an antique shower?

I have an old home (built in 1760). One of the beloved features is the clawfoot tub in one of the bathrooms. The shower assembly leaks from the shower head and my attempt to replace the gasket/washers ...
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What could cause a tap to flow well, then spurt?

I fitted a new tap to a sink, single cold water tap. When I first turned it on the water ran fine. If I open the tap further, the water flow becomes jerky with constant gaps in the flow. Is this the ...
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Does a bad screw require changing the tap itself?

The guardian doesn't quite show the internals of a traditional tap, and the plumber I usually call, couldn't come today. The new plumber says that since the drive of the screw on the tap is ruined, ...
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can I put a single mixer tap in a basin that has 3 holes?

Can I put a single mixer tap in a basin that has 3 holes? I've just bought a basin that has 3 holes. Can I put a single mixer in the centre one and plug the other 2 holes? I notice that the centre ...
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Imperial to Metric Tap Thread Adapter

We had been using this basin shower head attachment happily for a while, until a plumber came to replace the taps due to a leakage. The new taps (like the old ones) happen to be a pair of hot and cold ...
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Removing a vintage plastic tap head

I have plastic tap covers (kitchen sink) which need replacing as they are mouldy inside and cracked ..... but I cannot access the screw which I can see through the plastic top.... maybe they are ...
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How can I stop a dishwasher water supply from causing the tap water to smell?

OK, here is the situation: I recently bought a dishwasher that has a shorter water hose than required. So I bought this inlet hose and connected the two hoses using this inlet connector. For water ...
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How to fix a tap where the handle has fallen off

I have the following tap / faucet: As you can see, it's seen better days. The handle of it was composed of four plastic interlocking pieces which have, piece by piece, broken off. We're due to ...
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How can I dismantle this shower tap?

The shower tap in the picture is, I think, a Hudson Reed shower control, similar to this one Can anyone tell me how I can dismantle this as it is leaking and presumably needs a new washer? Also, I ...
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Tighting taps under kitchen sink doesn't cut off water supply

I have a set of taps similar to these under the kitchen sink that lead to a single mixer tap. My issue is when I try to turn off the water supply via these (trying both directions) it still flows ...
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How do I shut off the water to my apartment?

I live in a unit in Sydney Australia, I am trying to figure out how to turn off my water so that I can replace the washers on the taps in the basin. Is this possible so that I don't disturb my ...
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standard garden tap size (US)

I am building a garden irrigation system which is directly connected to a tap. In Europe the garden taps are usually BSP 3/4" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Standard_Pipe). It would be great to ...
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Need to know the name of this toilet wall faucet (thing)

I moved to a new place and trying to install the washing machine. The wall faucet for water supply in toilet does not seem to have a handle. I cannot find the name of this type of faucet (not even ...
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Plumbing gravity fed water to unvented hot water cylinder?

I'm thinking of installing a point of use mini hot water cylinder into my laundry room. Something ike this: ...
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Why does my outdoor tap have a diameter of 1-1/4“ inches, not the standard 1”?

The outdoor tap for the front yard of our house has an outer diameter of 1-1/4" inches, so it is useless for attaching a garden hose. A standard tap is more like 1" in diameter. My question is: Why? ...
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How to attach this tap cover?

The cover of my bathroom's tap always goes away. I find the system quite silly because you have to remove it to access the screw inside if necessary yet it's glued on it! Anyway what solution/product ...
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Adjusting a Mixer Tap Hot/Cold Mix

I have a Twyford mixer tap on my bathroom washbasin (Exact model here). As it stands the Hot/Cold mix I can get out of it is either very hot or very cold, with a tiny area in the middle giving a ...