How To Change a Kitchen Tap – Plumbing Tips

Posted on: August 7, 2017 by in Plumbing Videos
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How To Change a Kitchen Tap – Plumbing Tips


A brief video about how to change a kitchen tap or faucet without hiring a plumber. We cover the special tools you may need and how to use them. How to turn the water off. How to remove the old tap and install the new one. How to re connect the water supply without any leaks. For more information visit our website at

Holler and welcome to today’s video. Today we’re going to take it to the next level. We’re going to change a kitchen tap. Here’s the kitchen tap in question. It’s got a small drippy, drip leak. Also the customer is having trouble turning this on and off, and they just want a new tap anyway. Here is our new tap here. Let’s have a quick look at it. So we’re looking at this new tap. What they have on the bottom is a standard half inch thread, small washer which goes on the under side of the sink with this nut, and then on top of that a foam plate that allows the tap to get a really a good seal on top of the sink. There are lots of different ways to connect the tap pipes up to a ml pipe. You can have the flexible type, that has a small rubber seal on it and is very 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 colour on it then either a fibre washer or a rubber washer. This is going to be a straight change type. We’re not going to 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 that 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 connexions at the bottom of the kitchen tap and access them easily. So this is what we see underneath. We have our half inch or ml nut here that holds on the pipe supplies to there and also the nut at the top. So let’s have a look at the different type 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 it up and also loosen it off. Very handy when working under a sink. That will 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 and that’s how that works. Next, we have the tube spanner with two different sizes. That will come up under there like that and tighten up like so. Really easy yet again means in a small space you can undo and tighten up these nuts, which is generally what you’re going to have to work when doing a kitchen tap.
Last, but not least, we have a very similar type of tap. This one goes up underneath and onto the nut like so and spins around. So we have our tap just sitting here like that. This will come up from underneath and go on that nut like that and that can loosen and tighten it up. Of course as I’ve said if you’re lucky, you can just use a spanner. So first, loosen that off, it comes away. Generally as soon as it becomes loosened to the point you can use your hands, get in there and use your hands. That’s fine. I’m going to try to get this nut off here. Never an easy job, this, but persist and you will win.
Alright now we’ll do the next one which is going to be a little bit more difficult. We might need our tools on this. I’m just trying to get that around here and then twist it off. There we go, look at that loosen off, and you just twist that, keep twisting that around, a bit more coming out. There we go and you do that the same with the nut further up. Once you released both nuts at the bottom of each side of the tap you should be able to 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 going to 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’ll make the new installed look even better once it’s in. Before we install this tap, I’m just going to 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 ml pipe, and that will make a seal straight away. This end is the same size as what we’re going to be screwing it 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 the water tight seals aren’t really that hard to come by with these.

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