How to Remove A Kitchen Tap

REMOVING OLD TAPS

Before doing anything else, turn off your boiler or immersion heater and then turn off the water supply.

Most kitchen cold taps are fed on a branch from the rising main which should be equipped with its own stopcock. If not, isolate the supply at the main stopcock. If the hot supply has no stopcock of its own, isolate it at the gatevalve on the cold feed to the hot water cylinder or water heater.

Turn the taps on to drain the pipes and then, working beneath the sink, use a tap tool, spanner or adjustable wrench to undo the nut connecting the supply pipe to the tap tail. An old towel wrapped around the pipe will absorb any dribbles of water left in it.

removing old taps 1Next, undo the backnut which secures the tap in place against the sink or worktop. If the tap itself turns while removing the backnut, hold it in place using an offcut of wood as a lever.

With the backnut removed, lift the old tap away and repeat the procedure for the other tap. Scrape away any remains of sealing compound or old gasket, taking care not to scratch the surface.

removing old taps 21. Wrap some cloth around the pipes to catch any drips. Undo the tap connectors using the appropriate notch in a tap tool or an adjustable spanner

2. The backnut is more difficult to reach and needs a tap tool or basin spanner to undo it. You may need to feel your way to lock the tool on the nut.

3. Lift the tap away, including its washers. Scrape away any deposits of old sealing compound or gasket to ensure a watertight fit for the new tap.

removing old taps 3

 

Trade Tip

Hold it steady

"If the tap simply revolves with the backnut, I wedge it from above with a length of wood or wrap it in a cloth and grip it with pliers."

25. May 2011 by admin
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