How to Change a Kitchen Tap
CHANGING KITCHEN TAPS
Fitting new kitchen taps is one of the simplest of all plumbing jobs. Perhaps you want a change of style — new taps can give a whole new look to an old sink. Or maybe you just want to improve efficiency — modern taps turn on and off more easily than old ones, and are less likely to wear out or drip. Some models also come equipped with useful accessories such asnozzles and rinsing sprays to make lighter work of the washing up.
This section assumes that your existing sink is in good condition and is already fitted with a set of taps. It doesn’t matter whether the taps are sound or not, so long as the pipework is in good order. Bath and washbasin taps are often fitted in a similar way, but there are several important differences.
How Taps Fit
Each of the three main types of kitchen tap — pillar taps, two-hole mixers and monobloc mixers — fits in a slightly different way, and your choice may also be influenced by what type of sink you have.
Pillar taps are usually cheapest. They come in pairs for hot and cold, so can’t be used with double bowl sinks. Don’t confuse with wash-basin taps — kitchen taps are taller to give room for saucepans and buckets.
Two-hole mixers fit into the standard holes in a sink unit. They are medium-priced and because of their swivelling spout may be more convenient than pillar taps.
Monobloc (single-hole) mixers are stylish, but usually expensive.
♦ Swapping for a similar type of tap is normally simple, but you may need an adaptor as shown opposite.
♦ Pillar and two-hole mixer taps are normally interchangeable, but pillar taps fitted through the worktop may be at the wrong spacing for a mixer.
♦ A monobloc mixer may need a new, larger hole. The existing holes can be covered with blanking plugs.