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 (Generally 2.5mm or 2mm). 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. Tip: Retain your own Grub screw in case you have an older model so be careful when removing it. Usually a Grub Screw takes a 2.5mm allen key.
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. Some of these Spouts are designed as a ‘Push and Screw’ Spout to remove the Spout.
Some customers have reported that by turning the spout , while also pulling upwards, can assist for a more difficult (stuck) spout. One customer successfully removed their spout this way (by turning spout) when before that, the spout seemed to be stuck at the very last o ring. We always recommend consulting a plumber if you are unsure or are having difficulty removing spare parts lest you damage your tap, as this is only general advice applicable to a wide range of Taps.
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.