How to remove Kitchen Tap Spout

For your Two Lever (Handles or Twist Turn) Kitchen Mixer Tap

A kitchen spout is held in place 3 ways
1. Grub screw at back of the Spout securing it to the Tap Base
2. Locking nut (also known as a shroud and looks like a wide ring around base of spout)
3. Held in by the O Rings themselves i.e. No screw and No Locking Nut (not as common as 1. and 2.)

If held in by Grub Screw:

Usually the grub screw is directly behind the tap. If you run your finger around the back of the tap where the spout meets the base you should be able to locate it. You will then need to undo the grub screw with an allen key or appropriate size screw driver depending on the size of the grub screw. If the grub screw is a cross head one you will need an offset screwdriver. Once the grub screw is removed the spout should just pull straight up though it may need some persuading.

In some taps it might be hard to find the grub screw as it looks like there is a locking nut (like a wide ring) but if the locking nut won’t turn then this might be held in place by a grub screw which will need to be removed.

If held in by Locking Nut:

Unscrew the “shroud (locking nut)” that sits at the base of the spout by turning it anti-clockwise and then pull the spout upwards and out. This would apply to all UK Kitchen taps without grub screws where there is a locking nut.

If held in by neither Grub Screw or Locking Nut:

If your Kitchen Tap has neither a grub screw or a locking nut holding the spout in place then the spout has been designed in such a way as to remain inside the body of the tap by the shape of the spout and the O Rings. This might prove more difficult to remove and you might damage the spout unless you pull it upwards evenly because if this is not done properly you might strain / damage the spout.

We always recommend consulting a plumber if you are unsure or are having difficulty removing spare parts less you damage your tap.

We also have a Blog How to change a Kitchen Tap O Ring Kit.

Other common Kitchen Tap issues are covered here in our Kitchen Taps Trouble Shooting Guide.

PLEASE NOTE: This blog doesn’t cover every style of Kitchen Tap. Some Top Lever Single Lever taps have the spout grub screw concealed behind the indicator in the front. Other Top Lever Single Lever Taps would involve removing many parts e.g. Head, Dome, Cartridge etc before you can gain access to the Spout.

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  1. Mike C October 8, 2016

    Hi,
    I have a Franke Rotaflow Mixer tap circa 2000 and I cannot for the life of me get the spout to come out of the base despite following your instructions. The spout comes out up to a point and then is stopped.

    There are no visible grub screws and I’ve rotated the spout degree by degree and pulled upwards and wiggled at every point for the full 360°. It seems to be retained by something but I can’t work out what.

    Did Franke ever make this tap such that you couldn’t remove the spout?
    Do you have any other tips. I don’t want to have to replace the tap or get a plumber in if I can avoid it.

    Thanks
    Mike

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    • Alice October 8, 2016

      HI Mike, if you can give me your order number for your Spare Part Purchase so that i have all your details then I will get our Technical Team to contact you.

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    • Ian Poyser March 6, 2017

      Mike, I too have had the same problem – the spout ALMOST comes off but won’t release completely. I notice that on Franke’s latest installation instructions, under the heading ‘WARNING’ they have added:
      ‘N.B. If for any reason the the spout is removed from the tap, care must be taken when reinserting the spout into the body to ensure that the Grub Screw is located in the split of the white PTFE ring.’
      When I tried to remove the spout (which was before I found this new addition to their instruction sheet)I didn’t find any grub screw – perhaps it is located well down on the normally concealed part of the spout.
      If you ever succeed in removing the spout I would appreciate an email telling me how to do it.

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      • Alice March 7, 2017

        Dear Ian, what Tap do you have ? Yes the instruction regarding re-inserted the grub screw in the split of the white PTFE ring is correct and we also highlight this fact in our blog How to change an O Ring Kit (which involves removing and then re-inserting the Spout). If you have a locking nut (shroud) then you shouldn’t have a grub screw as both do the same job i.e. keep the spout in position. As I don’t know which Tap you have I can’t advise you – but if you have removed grub screw or loosened locking nut, you could try and pull the spout upwards i.e. straight upwards so you will need to standing above the tap as you don’t want to damage the tap base or spout by pulling at an angle. Some pull is required as the tap spout has to be tight enough to fit in correctly to begin with. I hope that that helps ? Alice

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  2. HTDearden February 17, 2017

    I have the same issue with a Franke Davos Kitchen Tap Spout SP3577. Would be grateful for advice.

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    • Alice February 17, 2017

      HI HTDearden, this Blog Post here : How to remove a Kitchen Tap Spout should answer all your questions as it takes you through each step in detail but please come back to us if you still have any queries.

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  3. Doug March 23, 2017

    Hi, I’ve got a leaky Nabis Aries Basin Mixer in my kitchen and I’m trying to replace the ceramic cartridge or the o ring.

    I’ve undone the grub screws but the cross heads won’t come off. There is no corrosion on the taps & I’ve only had them for about a year.

    I’ve tried using a flat head screwdriver to lever the handle off the top of the stem, but this did not work.

    Do you know what else I could try ?
    Am I doing something wrong ?

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    • Alice March 23, 2017

      I am sorry Doug but I am not familar with that tap so I can’t advise you. You could go back to where you purchased it from and ask them how to remove the handles. You could also look at our blog here How to remove handle on your Kitchen Tap to see if that helps you.

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  4. Peter Markwick May 13, 2017

    I have a vanquish single lever tap the o rings need replacing can you advise me the o rings required & how to remove the old ones

    Many thanks
    Regards Peter

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