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How To Change a Kitchen Tap – Plumbing Tips

How To Change a Kitchen Tap – Plumbing Tips


– Plumberparts.co.uk. Honest reviews and advice. Sponsored by heatandplumb.com. Hello and welcome to today’s
Plumberparts.co.uk video. Today we’re gonna take
it to the next level. We’re gonna change a kitchen tap. Here’s a kitchen tap in question. It’s got a small drippy drip leak. Also the customer’s having
trouble turning this on and off. And they just wanna new tap anyway. Here’s our new tap here. Let’s have a quick look at it. So we’re looking at this,
this is the new tap. What they have on the bottom
is a standard half inch thread. Small washer, which goes on
the underside of the sink, with this nut. Then on top of that a foam
plate that allows the tap to get really good seal on top of the sink. There are loads of
different ways to connect the tap pipes up to 15 mil pipe. You got the flexible type
that has a small rubber seal on it, and is flexible obviously. And very easy to fit
because you don’t have to have the pipes fully lined up. Or you can have a rigid
tap connector, which is a half inch nut with a little
collar on it, then either a fiber washer or a rubber washer. This is gonna be a straight change type. We’re not gonna need to use either a flexible or a connector. Hopefully these two pipes,
when they get taken off the bottom of this tap, will line
up directly with the new tap. But the first thing we have
to do is isolate the supplies and make sure all the water
is turned off, so when we do come to undo the pipes
there’s no water coming out. Good. Now remove everything from
under the sink so we can see the pipe connections at the
bottom of the kitchen tap and access them easily. So this is what we see underneath. We have our half inch or 15 mil nut head, it holds on the pipes. Surprise there’s two there, and also have the nuts at the top. But let’s have a look at
the different types of tools there are to remove these nuts first. Number one. This is one of the very common tools you’ll use to release a nut on a tap. I call it the claw because
of it’s claw like capability. This flips back and is also switch over. So you can tighten up
and also loosen it off. Very handy when working under a sink. That’ll come up underneath
like that and go around. That’s the loosening off one there. If you flip it over the other way you get the tightening up there. That’s how that works. Next we have tube speller
with two different sizes. That’ll just come up under there like that and tighten up right so. Really easy. It, yet again, means in a
small space you can undo and tighten up these nuts,
which is generally way you’re gonna have to work
when doing a kitchen tap. And last, but not least, we
have a very similar type of tap. This one goes up underneath onto the nut like so and spins round. So say we have our tap just
sitting here like that. This will come up from
underneath and go on that nut like that and that could
loosen it and tighten it up. Of course, as I’ve said, if you’re lucky you can just use a spanner. So first release the nut off. Comes away. Generally it seems it
becomes loosen to the point you can use your hands. Get in there and use your hands. That’s fine. I’m gonna try and get this one off here. It’s never an easy job, this. But persist an you will win. (rattling) (scraping) Right now do the next
one, which is gonna be a little bit more difficult. We might need our tools on this. I’m just trying to get that round here. Then twist it off. There we go, got loose enough. Let me just twist that. Keep twisting that round. A bit of water coming out. There we go and do that same
with that nut farther off. Once you’ve released both nuts
at the bottom of each side of the tap, should just be
able pull it up and off. Just like that, there we go. Out! Old tap gone. Generally that’s the hardest bit done. Fitting the new tap is
gonna be a lot easier. Now is also a good time
to clean off any old bits and bobs that were
stuck under the old tap. That my new install look
even better once it’s in. Before we install this
tap I’m gonna show you how the flexible tap things work. This is a push type one. So it’s push fit. So that just pushes on the 15 mil pipe and that’ll make a seal straight away. This end is the same size as what we’re gonna be screwing onto in a minute. That just goes around the end of your tap. Like so. And tightens up. You can generally tighten these hand tight because they’ve got a rubber seal inside. They seal really, really
well and water tight seals aren’t really that hard
to come by with these. Well at the next stage,
after that’s all cleaned, is to put the tap in place like that. It’s when this tool comes in
handy because our nuts fit just in there and you can
just slide that up underneath and tighten that up. You can get great
purchase on these as well. So you can tighten up the
nuts really, really hard. We get our rubber nut
and our rubber washer and our plastic nut. That over there like so. Start tightening that up. And then finish off tightening up with our cheap spanner like I showed a second ago. On there like so. Tighten up as hard as you can. Do that to both sides of the tap. This particular bit your,
only applies is you’re still gonna use these
metal connections here. If you are, I often recommend
taking off the old fiber washer and either putting a
nice little rubber o-ring on there or if you have to
leave the fiber washer on definitely try to get
a bit of PTFE on there before you tighten that up. And that will really age you
and get a water tight seal. Basically we now go back in reverse. Tighten all these back up. All your water connections. For the other we’ll probably
to use that special tool again because it’s so difficult to
get at but just flip it over the other way and that’ll be
then in tightening up mode. (clanging) There we go. Once you’ve gone to agonizing
hell of tightening both of those up you can then
turn the water back on. Test for leaks. And with any luck you should be done. Right the water’s all back on. So let’s test for operation. Should get a bit of air in here. It’s the hot side. A little air coming out. Test the cold. Beautiful. Right so there we are. The old taps been removed. The new ones been put on. We’ve removed and reconnected
out the water supplies. Either using our flexible tap connector or directly with the old
pipes that were there. And we’ve turned all the water back on and everything’s working fine. We’re very, very happy. If you need anymore help
or information or you think we’ve missed something
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100 comments on “How To Change a Kitchen Tap – Plumbing Tips

  1. Thank you, not only was the old tap like my existing set, but your new taps matched mine too. Great help thanks.

  2. A very helpful video. I'm going to change my own kitchen taps following this advice. Thank you Plumberparts.

  3. I hope I don't sound dumb to u all. I just bought double sink. My husband fix the tap between the sink. I feel that the tap should not be in the middle as the water will be too far. So, actually where should the tap be?

  4. Thank you! A really practical video/advice about tools, method etc – with great ironic sense of humour (rightly) about the 'agonizing hell' you go through to carry out this procedure and huge sense of achievement you'll feel when it's all complete. NB – when vid talks about 'isolating the water supplies' before starting (1.20) with hot water you'll need to turn off gate valve and drain hot water tank if like me you've an immersion heater, it'll take 20mins to drain with taps open. Good luck.

  5. doesn't show how to turn off water. that's the bit I was looking for – but it skips that step!! Video far too long as well.

  6. Brilliant. Just what I needed. Thanks very much. Jacking in the banking business and going into plumbing. 

  7. Great tips there mate, my I have a similar type of tap in my kitchen but where those copper pipes in your video are far apart, mine are close together, so what taps will I need ? thanks.

  8. I couldn't isolate my water at the taps and had to turn off my pump (Private water supply) all went well until my wife flushed the toilet, Like a geyser it was! Now soaked I followed the rest and I now have some lovely new taps (And a wet head)

  9. In my opinion you plumbers could also work as a Gynaecologist because a job like thgis one strikes me as being most difficult in the most inaccessible location. Mind you I have done it but I also need a long thin box spanner to fix the underside of the tap. I didn't see you fit that flexible hose either. I like what you do here though. 

  10. These vidoes always come in handy mate thanks got a tap to change at work later but its a single 1 and aprrantly the tap it self is hangin off lol

  11. Hi! What if you want a total different design tap? I will be left with two holes on the side where the original hot and cold tap outlet was. I want the tap with the middle part so you can get hot and cold through the middle bit lol. You know what I mean 😀

  12. As an amateur who is scared shitless of not fitting it back together again and having water flood his house.What can I buy to put on top of the pipes if say I get in a mess with the taps and want my cold water back on for a while,and then attempt to sort it at later date.Also you mentioned getting something for the main copper pipe when re-connecting.Didn't understand the parts you mentioned,could you clarify at all.Thanks.Great vid!

  13. Should I be scared to twist too hard? the screw is extremely tight and I'm scared that i'll break a pipe or something.

  14. Hi there i have 2 seperate taps with big nuts like this on, these taps were fitted by council about 40 or 50 years ago, would the unions that screw on the bottom be same size and thread as a modern day taps?, are the holes across the sink a standard distance or does it vary..thanks from Fred in Essex uk.

  15. Just wanted to thank you for such a great video which gave me the confidence to replace the tap myself. I've been without hot water in the kitchen sink for a couple of months whilst saving up for the plumber. Bought the nifty wrench you demo and found it all fairly easy. Thanks!

  16. Hi how do I isolate supply in a combi-boiler ( no rads on the system) to replace the taps. Thanks

  17. just starting a plumbing course and your vids are really helping me with understanding how things work and go together, great work…..hold tight lol

  18. I have separate hot and cold taps, I'd like to replace them with a mixer tap like the one in the video. Are all hot and cold tap pipe sink holes the same width apart?Great vid!

  19. Hi great video. When I turn off the water supply do I need to open all the taps in the house or just the bath tap I'm replacing?
    Is changing a standard tap to a mixer tap with shower attachment the same as in your video?

  20. Mate , this is driving me nuts!! I have spliced fibre optics that are easier. Need fingers like a 3 year old just to get in the gap ffs!

  21. Great tutorials! I have exactly the same style tap but I want to change the aerator to an innovative new 98% water saving type from a firm called "Alteredcompany.com".
    Unfortunately, my existing aerator is like the one on your tap and totally different than the one supplied with instructions for the new part. Can you offer any advice? many thanks.

  22. I decided to DIY my bathroom. All new suite (toilet, sink, cabinets etc) your videos have been a God send… but… I hit a problem with the water pipes…
    The flexible pipe that is inbetween the tap and isolation valve won't come of the isolation valve on the copper pipe…. IT JUST WON'T BUDGE?
    Is it welded? Is it rusted? I just dont know?
    I have scouted your vids for help but to no avail 🙁
    Please help x
    In relation to your vid it's the push fit end that is stuck on the toilet fill pipe and the tap pipes.

  23. Do away with the plastic nuts and replace with brass nuts ,plastic nuts crack in the end and before screwing the nut on slide a blue top hat on between nut and underside of sink top.Before pushing the taps into the holes in the sink top from the hole circumference pencil mark about 20mm from the hole so you can centre the tap up in the holes exactly

  24. Thank you Captain.👌👍 had no idea in which order the white sponge foam and black rubber washers went on so thought I'd check one of your videos before I started as they were really helpful with the last issue I had and sure enough showed me exactly what I needed to know again.👌👍 thank you Captain.👌👍👍👍

  25. i currently have hot and cold taps separate on the kitchen sink, so if i get kitchen mixer tap will it fit and feed from both holes/supply? basicaly are those holes are specific distance away that any kitchen mixer tap will fit? Thanks

  26. well thks mate – again saved me quids – YouTube has tought me to change ceiling light fittings, connect up new electric oven and now this – I'm reasonably practical but you pick up on these guy's wealth of experience and tips – so mucho gracias hope you win the lotto!

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  28. This vid really helped me, love your stuff, big thanks! Mixer tap fitted in minutes once I found the tools to help. And I’ve adopted the “claw” name 👍🏻

  29. What size are the plastic nuts that are keeping the tap onto the sink I mean what size spanner or tube spanner do I need

  30. If I wanted to do this – but disconnect the bottom of the flexi hose instead and then pull it all out via the top would that be ok?

    Access to the nuts is really tricky (unsighted) but I could use the flexi tube to feel my way up to the bottom tap nut and attach the removal tool.

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