HOW TO FIT A BATH TAP – Plumbing Tips

Posted by in Plumber Talk, on August 16, 2017





This video explains how you change a bath tap or faucet yourself without calling a plumber. We guide you through isolating the water supply to removing the water connections and removing the tap to installing you lovely new tap in it’s place and getting it up and running. Enjoy!

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Today I’m going to show you how to change a bath tap over on a free standing bath
What we’re going to look at is pretty simple and streches between all types of tap changes on baths. So here’s the bath tap we are going to change, underneath you will have two plastic nuts and the two water connections. Fortunately this tap has flexible’s going up to the tap itself which makes it a lot easier to do the change over
A lot of the time you’ll have ridgid pipe going up to that, loads of you will take the nuts off, take the tap and everything like that out and then try and re seal your pipe connection and put the tap back together like that
probably not the best way to do it. If it was me I would always bite the bullet and
cut the pipe and put flexible hoses back on so the next time there’s any trouble you’ve got a nice nice flexible hoses and the job will be easy just like now. Here is our replacement tap beautiful we have a three quarter inch connection here or 22 millimetre
There’s a flat face here so that will need a rubber seal to make it water tight.
Looking at how you fit the tap to the bath itself
I’ve spread it so this area here is where the bath is going to be
This part will be above the bath, it’s the decorative fascia but also importantly it’s got a
rubber seal just under there so water doesn’t run down the hole when you’re splashing about in the bath and water goes down under the bath.
then underneath that on the underside of the bath we have a rubber seal here and then a nut that we have to tighten up under the bath that will make it rigid and properly fixed.
that’s the same on the other side. So lets take the old tap of first.
And then get on with putting the new one in
Right so lets just turn the tap / faucet on. Then we go down here and turn the isolation valve off. do the same on the other side
The tools you’ll need on this job are the tube spanner
which has two sizes, one for a small basin tap / faucet and
this is the large bathroom tap connection there We’ve also got the claw.
Which we used on how to change a kitchen tap.
We have another type of claw that can go up onto a nut from underneath or from the side
Two sizes again, bath and basin.
We will use these tools so you can get an idea of how we use them and how we
get the job done
So now we have the water turned off we can remove this
connection here. This is the water connection nut. As you can see there isn’t much of a turning circle. Probably get a bit of water out at this point Right, then remove the plastic nut Take the plastic nut off. Do that to the other side, then you’ll be ready to take the tap / faucet out and put the new one in
Now we’ve removed the other nut and water connection the tap should just lift out Before we install The new tap just get a cloth and clean around the surround where the old tap / faucet was now we can pop in our new tap making sure that our surrounds don’t clatter on the sides Make sure they line up and sit in their holes Now all we need to do is put on the rubber washers and screw the nuts up underneath and that will attached the tap / faucet nice and firmly to the bath do that to both sides Once they are tightened up get the flexible hose attach it to the tap thread and tighten it up, again to both sides
Once the tap is back on a tightened up and the water connections are there
we can turn the water back on and test for leaks. Once the water is on you should be able to turn the tap on So there you go you’ve learnt successfully how to isolate the water remove your old bath tap put the new one in with a clean looking finish put the water back on, test for leaks and have a brilliant bath tap

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