How to Change a Kitchen Tap – Single Pillar – Plumbing Tips

Posted by in Plumber Talk, on December 23, 2017

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Hello and welcome to today’s video. Today, I’m gonna show you how to change a single-pillar kitchen tap. And it’s gonna be really handy for you guys to learn to do it cause it could
save you a load of money on getting a plumber out to do it himself.
So as you can see, this one’s leaking.
Right, so here is the new tap, we’ve got the metal fittings here that actually came with the tap. This is the rubber and metal cap that go on the bottom of the tap. These are the two screws that we’re gonna use to tighten the tap up and the nuts with it. And this is the tap itself, nice and clean. Right, remove everything from out under the sink. Get it all out of the way, you don’t want anything in your way when you’re trying to do this job. These are the two pipes that are supplying the hot and cold to the tap, that’s up there. Right at the top, you can see that just there. Anyway, we turn these two valves off here to stop water supply, then we go above to make sure the water’s turned off. Once we’ve turned the water off, just go back to the tap quickly, open it up and make sure there that there’s no water coming out. That would indicate then that you’ve successfully turned the water off and you can safely remove the water supply to the tap. Now we’re gonna want to remove the two flexible pipes from the valves that have been turned off. Do that using a pair of grips and an adjustable spanner. Always take your time doing this bit because you are gonna be in quite a tight space. But persist, you’ll get them undone, and then we’ll be ready to move on to the next stage. Just watch me do it.
Get your adjustables on here, and then loosen that off. That’s nice and loose already. I’m gonna just take that off by hand. Alright remove that all together. Now you can see now what I mean by having to take off this bolt here. If this whole screw hadn’t come out, you’d a had to unwound this bolt all the way down this thread, in really a very tight space. But if that doesn’t happen you have to have a go with your miniature adjustables to get that off. Now we should be able to get back up here and find that the tap’s nice and loose. There we go. Now we take off the flexible hoses off from the bottom. Just grab them like that, and twist them off. Do that to both of them. Once you’ve removed your other flexible hose you should have enough room to get this one out, like that. And there’s your old tap removed.
Now is usually the time that I get a scouring pad on this bit here, and give it a bit of a clean before you put the new tap on. Now we’re gonna prepare the new tap for installation. First thing we do, is we get each one of these studs and put them in, winding them about four, five turns, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Then we get each one of our flexible hoses here and screw them in. They create a water-tight seal cause they’ve got a little rubber o-ring right there on them, just there. All they need to do is go in just like that, nice and easy. You’ll have a small rubber flange bit that goes on the bottom. That’s what stops any water that’s actually on the surface of the sink from going down where the tap actually connects. So it causes a nice, water-tight seal there. That will all get clamped up by these two. Now these two bits actually go under the sink. So they’ll pop out of it like so, just there. If you imagine my thumb is the sink. And then you’ll have your two screws go on there like that, and they will, they are what clamps the tap to the sink.
First things first, we feed our tube pipes through the hole. Sit it down. So once you’ve got the tap in the position that you want it in, we can go back down, under the sink and put these two lovely nuts on. So as you can see, here are the two nuts that we’re gonna screw to once we get our two clamps on. I got the rubber one on first so that’s on there, that’s on the sink side. So put the rubber one on first, then the metal. And push the rubber as far as you can. You have to keep your hand there, while you actually start one of the nuts. Once they’re both tightened up we can then reconnect the water connections test for leaks, and then test for operation. It doesn’t matter which way they go round on this particular tap. Cause I can swap round the hot and cold indicator very easily. Give each one of those just a slight nip up with your adjustables. We should be ready to turn the water back on and test for leaks.
Right, so the water’s back on. Got nothing drippin’ down here, which is great. Nothing drippin’ up there. Well we’ll turn the tap on itself. That’s how you install a single-pillar kitchen tap.

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