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Options for Connecting Kitchen Taps

CONNECTION OPTIONS The threaded tails of the taps are joined to the supply with screw-on tap connectors (except for mono-blocs, which are connected direct). There are five options: 1. The new taps fit straight on to the old connectors. 2. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Problems with Sink Traps

RE-ASSEMBLING THE TRAP Take care not to damage the rubber seals or over-tighten the nuts when reassembling a plastic trap. Silicone lubricant — as used to make push-fit joints on supply pipes — helps prevent damage to the seals. If … Continue reading

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How to Fix a Dripping Tap with a Reseating Tool

Reseating a Tap When a tap seat becomes worn, no amount of re-washering will stop it dripping. Nor is the problem only confined to old taps: new tap seats can wear prematurely if particles of grit or metal find their … Continue reading

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How to Repair Mixer Taps

MIXER TAP REPAIRS Replacing the washers on washered mixer taps is the same as for pillar taps — they simply have two mechanisms within a single body.   Leaking swivel spout Renewing the ‘O’ ring seals on a leaking swivel … Continue reading

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How to Change Tap Washers

Changing Washers Start the job by turning off the water and opening the tap to drain down what’s left in the pipe. Next, gain access to the tap mechanism. On plastic handled taps, the handle pulls off, or is held … Continue reading

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How to Remove Stubborn Taps

Problem Solver Removing stubborn tap handles If a sink tap handle proves difficult to remove, it’s a good idea to try the other tap — you may be forcing the handle against a hidden screw. Failing this, there are several … Continue reading

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How to Repair a Leaking Tap

REPAIRING LEAKING TAPS Taps are usually the hardest working components in a plumbing system, so it’s hardly surprising if they develop the occasional fault. Leaking from the spout is usually due to a worn or split washer — the part … Continue reading

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How to Service Taps

Servicing Taps While re-washering, check the tap for leaks around the handle and shroud, and for binding. Leaks are caused by wear in the spindle seals. Older type rising spindles are sealed with fibre packing; new type non-rising spindles have … Continue reading

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