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Old 09-11-2011, 04:10 PM   #1
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The hot water tap in my sink isn't connecting. It turns but no water comes out ( the water IS on). Somehow turning the tap isn't opening the valve.

It's a relatively new tap, just installed 2-3 years ago. It may still be under warranty, but I wanted to look at it first to see if there was a simple solution.

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There are no screws on the upper side of the sink, so I assume access is from below, where the tap is secured by a plastic nut about 1'' diameter with four tabs on it. I tried to remove it with the tool on the left and one of the tabs promptly snapped off!

1. What tool should be used to remove this plastic nut?
2. is it a regular right hand thread, turning anticlockwise to remove?
Or should I simply be calling the company that installed it?

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The tap handle is held on by the bell shaped trim under the handle.

Grab the handle with one hand and the bell shaped thing in the other hand--unscrew the bell and lift it off.

Nothing to do under the sink.

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I've had them before where they have been GROSSLY over tightened above, and it was necessary to loosen the nut and washer and supplies below to get it out of the hole to work on it. 99% of the time, however, this should not be the case. Turn counterclockwise with your hand, and the thing should start lifting right up as it spins.
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I've had them before where they have been GROSSLY over tightened above, and it was necessary to loosen the nut and washer and supplies below to get it out of the hole to work on it. 99% of the time, however, this should not be the case. Turn counterclockwise with your hand, and the thing should start lifting right up as it spins.
Thanks Alan / Mike. I think I'm in the 1%

Even with both hands and rubber gloves for traction I can't budge the bell.

I'll call Sweitzer's, who installed it, and ask them to come out and have a look.

My hat is off to plumbers. Every job I try to do myself seems to have an unforeseen problem that brings a ten-minute job to a grinding halt! I'm successful in plumbing about 20% of the time Now carpentry, on the other hand ....
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Plumbing is an adventure---The more you do the easier it gets---For most folks not knowing the parts needed for a job is the hardest part----

So often a one hour job turns into four hours of frustration with several trips to the store.
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Is the aerator on the spout clogged or are you sure it is the valve?

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