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I'm trying to find a shower that fits these taps but with no success.I have seen showers with ends that screw into the tap spout but I don't know how to remove the black plastic ends that are already in there.

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  • I'm not clear on what you want: are you looking for a faucet aerator for the end of this faucet? – Daniel Griscom Mar 12 '16 at 12:52
  • Usually the end caps are just friction fit. You can pry them off with your fingernail or a small screwdriver. – Wayfaring Stranger Mar 12 '16 at 14:12
  • Yes Daniel,as the taps have flat spouts I'm thinking the only way I can attach a shower to these taps is to remove the black plastic ones with ones that have a thread on so the shower hose can be screwed on – Derek Mar 12 '16 at 14:36
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  • Yes Daniel,as the taps have flat spouts I'm thinking the only way I can attach a shower to these taps is to remove the black plastic ones with ones that have a thread on so the shower hose can be screwed on that way. – Derek Mar 12 '16 at 14:58
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Wow, I haven't seen separate hot & cold taps in a long time. I'd say it's time for an upgrade. It looks like you've been after that pictured one pretty good. I'd spray them inside & out with vinegar a half dozen times throughout an entire day & then run the hot water one for a minute.

The hot water would heat it up & hopefully loosen everything, including any mineral deposits that the vinegar broke-up. Then, give it another jerking twist, rather than a slow torqueing twist. If that all works on the hot side, then you'd pour hot water over the vinegar-ed cold tap until that's heated.

I can't make out if the black plastic piece is hollow or not. But, if it is I think your only other option is to use an Internal Pipe wrenching bit of the right diameter, like this.

  • Thanks Iggy I will try that.Im presuming they are hollow as water comes through them.Its not my house so upgrading or installing a shower with electrics and plumbing isn't an option I'm afraid. – Derek Mar 12 '16 at 16:09
  • Ah, I see. Yeah, I just meant the ends might be aerators & you'd have to bust those out in order for the Internal Pipe wrench bit to get a solid grip. But, hopefully the vinegar, heat & jerking does the trick. – Iggy Mar 12 '16 at 16:13
  • Thanks Iggy that worked a treat,much obliged.Thanks to all who responded. – Derek Mar 14 '16 at 12:05
  • Fantastic! Good luck with the shower hook-up, it'll be a great improvement. – Iggy Mar 14 '16 at 12:11
  • @Iggy separate taps for hot and cold are still quite common in many places in the world, especially in the UK. If I had to guess, that is where the OP is from. – Jason Hutchinson May 11 '16 at 19:39

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