HOW TO CHANGE YOUR KITCHEN TAP – Monobloc Mixer – Plumbing Tips
This video will show you how to change your kitchen mixer tap. In this video it is a monoblock tap. It’s a job we have filmed on site at our customers house. It’s a really easy job to do and you could save on a plumber’s bill. I hope we help you out!
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Today, we’re gonna have a look at or kind of revisit a video on
how to change a kitchen tap. The one we’ve got in the background here has fallen to pieces. The landlord’s asked me to come over and shove a nice little cheapy tap in here for him. So, what I’m gonna do is the water is already switched off but you are definitely gonna have to switch the water off to do this job. So make sure you knowor if you’re lucky enough and you’ve got an isolation valve underneath, make sure you shut them off. To make sure that the water is turned off obviously, you know, if you’ve got a dripping tap it should stop dripping over time. Or if you’ve got any other other kind of tap, open it up and make sure that there’s no water coming out. Also if it’s downstairs, go upstairs as well and I’d (mumbles) some of the taps in that to allow air into the pipe work. Otherwise, when you cut or whip the tap off, you might get a lot of water come out but don’t want that, do we? So here we are looking at the underside of the kitchen sink. Now we’ve got the kitchen sink bowl here. These two pipes going up just here are the hot and cold feeds to the tap. So as I’ve got all my water off and everything, the first thing I’m gonna do is basically cut the two pipes of those feeds. If your tap’s more modern, then you might be lucky and you find you’ve got flexible tap connectors under there thereby, all you need to do is grab a set of adjustables and just undo the knots underneath. But as I said, make sure that the water is off already. So here’s the first bit of our job hereis to just get the on here get these two parts cut off. Make sure when you do this that you check your new flexibles will be long enough for where you’re cutting the pipe off. So there you go, now you can see we’ve cut those two bits off. We did get a little bit of water out this hot pipe here, but that’s okay. Make sure you make a mental note of which way these pipes lined up so you know which way to put your hot and cold round when you put the new tap in. Right, so for this next bit you’re gonna need to lay down actually inside the cupboard on your back. So I’d recommend you dry out everything as much as you can. I mean this is really the worst part of this job and let’s face it, there’s not really many sort of pluses to take away from this job in the first place. What you’re gonna do is you’re gonna lay on this towel on your back, a bit like you’re working on underneath a car. And you’ll see up underneath there’ll be a small knot or maybe two small knots, and what they do, they clamp on the bottom of the tap, okay. So what we need to do is undo both of these knots and then hopefully your tap should pull out nice and easily from the top. This bit is what I described in previous videos is absolute hell and agony. But if you grit hard, then you’ll be able to get through it and hopefully complete the full job. It’s most likely that you guys are gonna have to use an adjustable spanner like this or like this. You can buy these two spanners about this long and they’ll have two different ends on each thing. They’re perfect for this sort of job. I got my welder out and put an extra length of metal on here so I can reach it easy from the other side of the sink. Alright so we’re lucky, cause that’s one knot. So the knot we’re talking about is this one here, just under there right there. Get that on there. Now you can see how difficult this would be to do if you didn’t actually have a proper set of little spanners like this or even a small cheap spanner. It’s very difficult to do with just a normal set of adjustable spanners. You’re just gonna keep on twisting. So now you should be able to pull it out from the top of those clamps should just fall down. So now we’ve got our old tap out. It’s probably a good idea you just give it a bitof a clean round here. It’s always the next thing I do. Just make sure that there’s cause that might make the installation of your new tap
look a little bit, you know, well (mumbles)So there we go that’s ready.Now all we need to do is prepare our new tap to go in and then refix it back in reverse order and then pipe it up, test
everything for leaks, and hopefully should be done. Right, so we’ve got the tap itself here. The first thing you’re gonna do basically is
You might not get that with normal ones. So what we’re gonna do is put that’s gonna go in like that. These do not need to be over tightened or anything.