How to Change a Single Pillar Kitchen Tap
So you've watched the video but need a little more help? Never fear! Our step by step guide below will help you out! Happy reading!
1. Acquaint yourself with the new kitchen tap. Get the new one out of the box and read the instructions for fitting it. Most have two flexible pipe connectors, sometimes with in line valves. Plus the all have a clamp assembly which is a variation of a theme but usually consists of one or two screws that fit into the underside of the tap body, followed by a rubber and metal clamp. All of this is held together using some nuts that clamp everything to the kitchen sink. Sometime you can use a bracing piece made of plastic to help strengthen the clamparrangement if the sink is a little thin.
2. Turn off the water. Make sure the water to the hot and cold supplying the tap is switched off. You'll usually find the valves underneath the tap in the kitchen sink cupboard. Hope the tap to make sure it's turned off.
3. Clear out the cupboard. Make sure the work space is nice and clear. There's nothing worse than muck and bleach in your hair!
4. Remove the old feed pipes. Mark the hot and coldfirst, then try to remove! This can be difficult. They can be tight. If it's old flexible ones then great you should be ok to remove them. Sometimes yoeed special tap spanners to remove the old pipes from underneath. If you can't do this, you'll need to get a plumber in.
5. Undo the old tap clamp. Again this can be a little difficult. Getting under the kitchen sink is never easy and these little clamps can be hidden right up under the sink. Take a deep breath and get under there. You again might need to use a special tap spanner.
6. Remove the tap and clean the kitchen sink top. Carefully remove the tap, then carefully clean the sink top. This'll help your new tap really shine!
7. Insert your new tap and clamp up. Follow the instructions for the new tap (bet you're happy you checked it out first now?) and clamp it up tight according to the instructions supplied. It's a good idea to insert the flexible pipe connectors for the hot and cold water supply now. It'll save you trouble in a minute. Make sure it's central and that there are no gaps around the hole. Also make sure that the rubber protection is solidly around the hole so no water can get into the cupboard while you're doing the dishes!
8. Connect your hot and cold. Make sure these are the right way around and connect accordingly to the hot and cold pipes under the sink. Turn on and check for leaks.
YOU'RE DONE! 😎