How to Change a Tap Washer. How to Fix a Dripping Tap.

By Grover Koelpin 100 comments

00:13 Shane Conlan: Gidday, knuckleheads!
Uncle Knackers here. The cook’s been complaining for weeks about fixing up the leaky tap in
the backyard. Now, personally, I don’t know what she’s complaining about. Yeah, she could
be right. It is leaking a little bit. As the old saying goes, “Happy wife, happy life.”
Wise words. Let’s fix that tap. And the good news is it’s a really easy job. So let’s do
it. 00:44 SC: To change the washer in this tap,
it’s gonna take us six really easy steps. First step, is you’re gonna turn the water
mains off and the water mains can be generally found in the front yard. So, let’s go and
do that first. We found the mains in the front yard, so what we need to do now is turn the
water off. You do that via this tap or a stopcock, and they can be a little bit hard to turn
off sometimes, so I like to use a shifter or a spanner or something just to get a bit
more leverage and turn the water off like that. There you go, that was pretty simple.
Let’s get back to that tap. 01:27 SC: Step two, turn the tap on and drain
all the excess water out. 01:40 SC: Step number three is, is that once
all the water is drained out of the tap, we need to remove this spindle from the tap.
And what happens in, especially in the backyard, is over a period of time, you can get a bit
of corrosion built up in this unit, so it can be a bit tricky getting this spindle off
because it is a bit tight. So what you can do, or what I like to do, is just get your
hammer and just gently tap around that unit just to break up the corrosion. Then get your
shifter or spanner, put it on that locknut around that spindle like that, then grab another
shifter or set of Stillsons, or some multi-grips, and put it on the tap itself to stop the tap
from spinning or twisting when I’m undoing this spindle. So just give it a bit of a pull
here. There you go. Spindle is loose. Just take it off like that and inside the tap is
your washer which sits inside the spindle. Generally, when you have a leaky tap there’s
some damage to this washer. So let’s do step four and replace the washer. 03:14 SC: Step four, replacing the washer.
It’s as simple as taking the old one out and putting a new one in. Simple as that. And
if you’re unsure as to what size washer to put back in, duck on down to the hardware
shop and the boys there should be able to help you out. 03:32 SC: Let’s do Step five. Step number
five, you’ve put your new washer in, now it’s just a simple matter of putting this spindle
back into the tap. Screw it down like that. That’s it. Tighten it off like that. It’s
nice and firm. That’s it. And then make sure you turn the tap off because we’re about to
go down to the front yard and turn those mains back on. So let’s do that. 04:09 SC: Final step. Step number six, is
to turn the mains back on like that. Okay, let’s go and check out that tap. Let’s give
this bad boy a test. Let’s turn the tap on. Turn him off. Pull out my piece of cardboard
for the cardboard drip test. Look at that. Not a drip in sight. 04:42 SC: Great tip, knackers! And if you
could do me a big favour, if you thought this video was useful, please like, comment, share
and subscribe to my channel, shaneconlan1. It would be much appreciated. Till next time,


carlos barahona

Nov 11, 2015, 2:37 am Reply

Nice one Knackers , awesome tutorial 🙂

Tony Francis

Dec 12, 2015, 1:12 am Reply

Cheers Knackers, you're a lifesaver mate.

Steven Lynch

Dec 12, 2015, 8:26 am Reply

extra few seconds to replace spindle rubber 'O' and grease spindle and job is done properly.


Dec 12, 2015, 3:35 am Reply

Excellent video for bimbos like me.

Alwyn Roberts

Dec 12, 2015, 9:52 pm Reply

Thanks, fixing the tap nice and easy to follow…….now a more difficult task, a video on how to keep the wife happy!


Jan 1, 2016, 4:33 pm Reply

you're a legend


Jan 1, 2016, 8:41 pm Reply

Good on you mate from wet n.ireland

purple guy.

Jan 1, 2016, 9:29 pm Reply

tell you what wish it was that easy finding same washer ,it aint I've tried everywhere give up in the end luckily its a tap in utility room we dont use much,but I promise its a bitch getting same washer

Me Andme

Feb 2, 2016, 5:03 am Reply


Dee Nilsen

Feb 2, 2016, 9:14 am Reply

great video


Mar 3, 2016, 7:03 am Reply

Thanks Uncle Knackers.

Jennifer Hobbs

Mar 3, 2016, 11:36 pm Reply

Thanks Uncle Knackers, job done

numbat 007

Mar 3, 2016, 10:25 pm Reply

well explained TY


Mar 3, 2016, 11:00 pm Reply

well done knackers


Mar 3, 2016, 6:32 am Reply

This was a great demo – made it really clear. Thank you. I hadn't thought to tap gently on the tap with a hammer to loosen the corrosion, so now I'll give it another go.

Simon Packington

May 5, 2016, 11:16 am Reply

Great work. Very helpful. Cheers.

Emanuela Davis

May 5, 2016, 5:01 am Reply

Awesome 🙂 thanks a lot…..

Emanuela Davis

May 5, 2016, 8:33 am Reply

I have fixed my kitchen leak that I had for 2 years, I also replaced the basin handles in the bath room with new ones and stopped a leak by replacing the seal with a new one for the cold water one, however I could not undo the spindle for the hot water one, in future I will have to get a plumber if that stuffs up I just could not move it. Next pay I am going to get the shower and bath handles replaced and the seals. You saved me so much money which I really couldn't afford right now, I was quoted 650 dollars to do the above and fix a toilet. I have checked out the toilet but haven't got a clue how to take off the buttons that flush the toilet. No matter what I tried could not remove them and I stuffed up the 1/2 flush button now….. I bought the seals for it but I just can't move those buttons to get to the bottom and unscrew it and replace the seal. When I can afford it will have to get some rip off merchant to come and fix it for me. I got a new tap for out the back yard I need to replace the whole tap so will give it a go but worried i might stuff it up. 🙁 Thank you so much uncle knackers… that name. cheers Thank goodness for people like you who are kind enough to help people like me who thought no way would I be able to do these things. I could not afford to get a plumber out for 2 years. You inspire me Sir.

Extreme XTazzY

May 5, 2016, 11:45 am Reply

Thanks uncle, you just saved me $100 call out fee to fix my garden tap. Very good video, didn't know how easy it was to do it. I just need to find out how to replace my kitchen tap because it's a weird set up and none of the hardware stores have what I got.

Matthew Houseman

May 5, 2016, 9:09 pm Reply

Thanks, that was really useful!!!

Lyn Dixon

Jul 7, 2016, 5:25 am Reply

Top tip thanks Knackers. More than a legend!

matthew grant

Jul 7, 2016, 10:28 am Reply

Nice 1 knackers, banging video lol, helped me look like I knew what I was doing haha!!!


Aug 8, 2016, 3:25 pm Reply

Many thanks Uncle Knackers for giving me the confidence to fix this running outdoor tap so I can get on with the cooking ! Top tip on using hammer to loosen mains tap also worked or I wouldn't have been able to turn off the mains..

Mandy Savage

Sep 9, 2016, 9:56 am Reply

Thats a really good video. Thank you for making it easy to follow!

randy scott

Sep 9, 2016, 3:18 pm Reply

That was very helpful. Thank you ever so much.

Marty Daley

Sep 9, 2016, 3:00 am Reply

Thanks Shane. You saved me some $$$ by not having to call out a plumber. GREAT TIP KNACKERS 😄

Chris Anderson

Oct 10, 2016, 9:25 pm Reply

Brilliant mate I am off to Bunnings cheers

Deepesh Dhookhy

Oct 10, 2016, 4:50 pm Reply

Very useful.Thnks

Simone Price

Nov 11, 2016, 7:25 pm Reply

Thanks heaps for this. Hubby would take a year to get around to fixing the tap. Now i can do it myself. If you want a job done, do it yourself.

Kristina F

Nov 11, 2016, 10:25 pm Reply

Ah Shane, that was refreshingly brilliant! Now to go change that washer….

Michelle Halliwell

Nov 11, 2016, 11:43 am Reply

yeah boiii

Ronaldo Cruz

Dec 12, 2016, 6:18 am Reply

Great video Shane – I'm off to Bunnings at the earliest convenience. You've just saved me a plumber's bill 🙂

Joel Wales

Dec 12, 2016, 4:33 am Reply

Legend! Thanks Uncle Knackers, super easy to follow and saved me some coin!

Cate Mack

Jan 1, 2017, 12:44 am Reply

Simple and straight forward. Onya Shane😂


Feb 2, 2017, 3:05 pm Reply

Cheers Shane! A daft little job which I had no idea how to do. I've now got two kitchen taps like new. My old man would've been proud. He knew how to do all this but his number came up before he could teach me. Thanks once again 🙂


Feb 2, 2017, 11:00 pm Reply

thanks, I`m going to give this a whirl….if I can find the right tools

scott left

Mar 3, 2017, 6:21 am Reply

Don't forget to TAKE THE OLD WASHER WITH you when you "duck…(quack! quack!) on down to the hardwear store."…! purchase an ordinary long weight as well….it will help with the installation.

Deann Charles

Mar 3, 2017, 7:10 am Reply

Thanks for this video going to try this.


Mar 3, 2017, 12:28 am Reply

Awesome Knackers…….well you know what I mean

Jessica Reid

Mar 3, 2017, 4:32 pm Reply

thanks so much. I got to change my washer all by myself. and with ur help of course lol😊 thanks again have a God bless day.

Siggy Isaacs

Mar 3, 2017, 2:33 am Reply

Thanks. very helpful…(and entertaining too)

Loreto Mallon

Jun 6, 2017, 4:03 pm Reply

Almost convinced to have a go – very nervous with DIY in case I make things worse!

John Morris

Jun 6, 2017, 1:49 am Reply

Wish I had an uncle knackers!! 🙂 Thanks for the video Shane.

Christopher Dang

Jul 7, 2017, 8:52 am Reply

Great, thank you very much.

Tracy Forbes

Aug 8, 2017, 4:13 am Reply

Bloody ripper mate very helpful!

Siobhan Cosgrove

Aug 8, 2017, 6:49 pm Reply

Many thanks for uploading this video. The tap outside just below our kitchen window is leaking and i've NEVER changed a washer before. Now its time for me to do it. and watching your video will help me. Thank You again Uncle Knackers. x

Princess Hussaini

Aug 8, 2017, 12:42 am Reply

Was very helpful 😊😊 thanks.. done the "like", done the 'subscribe' and a comment

Rosalyn Stokes

Sep 9, 2017, 12:15 am Reply

Great video, Uncle Knackers! I've been waiting for hubby to fix the tap for ages, but with your help I did it all by myself. Thank you. 🙂

Paul Tupou

Sep 9, 2017, 9:32 pm Reply

Awesome mate helped me out a lot. Nice clip

Robert Crawford

Oct 10, 2017, 8:08 pm Reply

Brill knuckles

Mik Tara

Oct 10, 2017, 4:21 am Reply

Spindle stuck dead, mate…. any more tips besides hammer tapping, please?

mimi mimi

Oct 10, 2017, 2:32 pm Reply

Great job 👍💪

ali veli

Nov 11, 2017, 10:28 am Reply

Very useful, thanks

vivian donelly

Nov 11, 2017, 4:08 am Reply

good stuff…exactly what I woz looking for…have same tap outside with same problem

Jo Jandy

Dec 12, 2017, 11:46 am Reply

Thanks knackers I reckon I can even do this now

Great Iraq Youtube

Dec 12, 2017, 8:09 am Reply

Who's picture did you use as thumbnail? that's cheating bro, you don't need to do that. It'd be good if you let her playing a short part like laying on the floor playing with her tities. Nice tut. video though, good on you.

Sridhar Pediredla

Dec 12, 2017, 11:25 pm Reply


jacob Gower

Dec 12, 2017, 9:55 pm Reply

Thanks Shane this was really helpful

marvin TNT

Jan 1, 2018, 2:33 pm Reply



Feb 2, 2018, 12:13 pm Reply

How to fix a 'loose' tap i.e the tap won't tighten when try to turn off the water. Do I need to replace a new washer or use PTFE tape to do the trick?


Apr 4, 2018, 11:07 pm Reply

Thanks 👍

James Ooi

May 5, 2018, 10:24 am Reply

great tips

Dishonest John

May 5, 2018, 7:52 am Reply


Philip Manning

May 5, 2018, 6:28 pm Reply

Good help

ravi kiran pradhan

Jun 6, 2018, 12:50 pm Reply

thanks maaiteee!!!

Pete Cater

Jul 7, 2018, 5:09 pm Reply

Cheers Knackers, you saved me a bastard of a round trip to the local diy store. Just took the tap apart and cleaned it all up, replaced washer, no leak. I’ll replace it later when I’m out near the diy store. 😃👍🏻

Tammy Barrett

Jul 7, 2018, 9:15 pm Reply

whats that a 1940

Rowland Nanna

Aug 8, 2018, 8:57 am Reply

appreciate the ‘hammer tap’ tip 🙂 thumbs up

Ron Dalby

Sep 9, 2018, 12:53 am Reply

Step 3 (removing the spindle) is driving me nuts. Back to the job ….

Arctic Warrior

Sep 9, 2018, 9:35 pm Reply

Thanks, just changed mine.

Note it will further help beginners to advise them to also:
1. When turning off the water main and opening the tap to flush all excess water out that one needs to also OPEN THE TAP ALL THE WAY BEFORE UNSCREWING IT

2. To undo the spindle turn it ANTI-CLOCKWISE (and to redo it turn it clockwise)

3. Once the new washer has been added check the red washer on the spindle whether that needs replacing too AND also it is best to apply SILICONE TAPE around the screw part of the spindle before placing it back on the tap and closing it by turning it clockwise. This prevents any leaking.


Sep 9, 2018, 10:31 pm Reply

Bro you're a true blue

Dana loves to travel

Sep 9, 2018, 2:08 am Reply

Thanks for that – I will try this now

Beryl Johnson

Oct 10, 2018, 7:13 am Reply

Thank you thought I needed a plumber but it looks easy hubby has had a stroke so cannot do it now will give it a try again thankyou

Count Dookoo

Oct 10, 2018, 1:55 am Reply

Thanks you. Solid advice, still relevant and simple 😊

Ben Uluakiola

Nov 11, 2018, 5:58 am Reply

Simon how do u fix main water tap? Is it the same as this video ?

Adam Buhamza Zanaty

Dec 12, 2018, 3:57 am Reply

Legend mate

Georgie b

Dec 12, 2018, 6:44 pm Reply

Thanks Chester..


Jan 1, 2019, 5:21 am Reply


Tim Hadzisavas

Jan 1, 2019, 9:50 am Reply

Thx mate

vatea vuetibau

Jan 1, 2019, 6:02 am Reply

Very helpful.

DONNA Anderson

Feb 2, 2019, 12:53 am Reply

Thanks Knackers Im off to Bunnings to get my washer and fix my tap

Bid Sweeney

Feb 2, 2019, 4:18 am Reply

just lost son. daughter can now get her teen son to repair all taps. something all fathers should teach their children. a big thanks


Mar 3, 2019, 2:11 am Reply

That was to fckn easy Knackers hey init cheers mate

Jim MacLaughlin

Mar 3, 2019, 11:38 pm Reply

local water mains are subterranean and the street valve is inside the house, in the basement or cellar usually. This is because, lately, the average temperature is -10 to -20 C. You obviously are not familiar with such a situation. LUCKY YOU!

Shaun Tilby

Mar 3, 2019, 8:46 am Reply

My daughter thinks your funny

Manikandan Panjanatham

Apr 4, 2019, 10:08 am Reply

Nice video.Well explained👍

roy evans

Apr 4, 2019, 12:31 pm Reply

What a great Bloke

Tones Yolo

May 5, 2019, 2:18 am Reply

Thnx uncle much appreciated

Olga McKenzie

May 5, 2019, 7:41 am Reply

Thanks, I had no bloody idea and now I’ve got some. I’ll give it a go.
Explained well. Let’s just hope 50 yr old woman has the strength to turn the upper tap anticlockwise. The hint about the hammer seemed logical too.


Jun 6, 2019, 11:15 am Reply

I think I may just about manage to do that……thanks mucka….Joey.


Jul 7, 2019, 1:35 pm Reply

My tap doesn't work i.e no running water. so am i right in thinking that the washer is stuck in the recess? … if so do i just open the tap and insert the washer back onto the spindle?

Edi Kannemeyer

Jul 7, 2019, 9:20 am Reply

This video was very helpful. Thanks, keep up the good work.

Dom Farrell

Jul 7, 2019, 2:35 am Reply

Thanks Knackers! Love your DIY tips, but I haven't laughed that hard in a long time! You're a funny man

Michael Dawson

Sep 9, 2019, 12:38 pm Reply

Thanks mate, saved me lots by not calling a plumber


Oct 10, 2019, 2:00 pm Reply

Thank you X

Shaun Anthony

Nov 11, 2019, 12:49 am Reply

great explanation. thanks for putting it up

Bruce Hemsworth

Nov 11, 2019, 10:54 am Reply

Ta mate – very helpful


Nov 11, 2019, 1:57 am Reply

Thanks heaps Shane xx

Damien Thorn

Dec 12, 2019, 11:18 am Reply

Cheers for the video. My neighbour tried to fix my tap and he totally screwed it up. He is an indian so I didn't get too angry at him. Fixed it myself and much better now!


Dec 12, 2019, 4:29 am Reply

Thanks for the video. Any tips on loosening a hard-to-move spindle?

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