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A dripping kitchen tap can be incredibly annoying and a waste of water, but fixing a tap can be surprisingly easy. Learn how to fix a kitchen tap.

A dripping kitchen tap can be incredibly annoying and a waste of water, but fixing a tap can be surprisingly easy. Learn how to fix a kitchen tap with this step by step guide from one of our Wickes experts. Subscribe to the Wickes YouTube channel here: http://bit.ly/1WHJIIr For more Wickes videos click here: http://po.st/Divcvk   These are the steps to fix your kitchen tap: 1. Before starting, it's a good idea to understand what you're up against. If water is leaking from the spout you might need to replace the washer, but if water is leaking from beneath the handle you may need to replace the O ring. 2. Next, turn off the tap's water supply and then release the pressure inside by running the tap. 3. Put the plug into the sink to stop small parts falling down the plug hole. The next steps are different depending on the type of tap you have. Steps to fix a compression valve tap (features a mechanical device inside the tap that controls the water flow): 1. Remove the handle to expose the valve. 2. Unscrew the cover. 3. Unscrew the valve and remove using an adjustable spanner. 4. Use a screwdriver to remove the washer and replace. 5. Then screw the valve and tap handle back in place.  Steps to fix a ceramic disk valve tap (features ceramic discs rather than washers inside the tap): 1. Remove the handle cap to expose the valve. 2. Unscrew the valve using an adjustable spanner. 3. Lift out the ceramic disc valve, inspect and clean or replace it. 4. Screw back into place and fit the handle. Steps for replacing the O ring in the spout: 1. Loosen the nut holding the tap to the sink below using a box spanner. 2. Rotate the tap to get access and remove the grub screw at the back of the spout. 3. Lift the spout out. 4. Prise the O ring off using a screwdriver and replace it. 5. To replace the spout, align the marker on the spout with the groove in the tap body. 6. Tighten the grub screw at the back and the nut underneath. To replace the O ring in the valve itself, use the technique previously described to remove the valve depending on the type of tap you have then replace the O ring and rebuild the tap as before. Shop Wickes plumbing tools here: http://po.st/hL5Pt3 Shop Wickes spanners here: http://po.st/eEimyk Shop the Wickes screwdriver range here: http://po.st/IuojKC Watch more helpful DIY videos from Wickes below; How to Home Maintenance with Wickes: http://po.st/fNQHrJ How to Kitchens with Wickes: http://po.st/yG85np How to Garden and Landscape with Wickes: http://po.st/pf9zt8 How to Tile a Bathroom with Wickes: http://po.st/oluOYc How to Paint and Decorate with Wickes: http://po.st/IDBlHP Subscribe to the Wickes YouTube channel here: http://bit.ly/1WHJIIr In addition to our video, we recommend you read our 'How To Guide - How to create storage space'. Use this guide to find out how to choose and calculate your materials, tools and safety equipment. http://www.wickes.co.uk/how-to-guides... For more tips and general advice on how to do it yourself from Wickes, you can visit; Wickes Website: http://www.wickes.co.uk/  Wickes Facebook:   / wickes.co.uk   Wickes Twitter:   / wickes   Wickes Google+: https://plus.google.com/1153898122995... Wickes YouTube channel:    / wickesvideo  

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