4 Top Tips for Changing Your Taps

Changing your taps is a job simple enough that the average person can do it successfully with just a little bit of research and a few handy tips to make the job a little easier. Described below is the process in a simple and easy to understand way, helping you to get your taps changed quickly and correctly.

1. Prepare the Surface

Get started by giving the countertop a good clean where the faucet will be placed. Fit the rubber gaskets onto the components of the faucet and feed the tailpiece up through the mounting hole in the sink or counter. Once this is done you can proceed to thread the washer and mounting nut onto the tailpiece and drop the valve assemblies into position through their holes and tighten into place.

Tip: Rubber gaskets are essential for getting a watertight seal so there is no leakage. If the faucet does not have rubber gaskets it will be necessary to seal the base with plumber’s putty.

2. Connect the Water Supply and Valves

At this time you need to connect the flexible water supply tubes to the tailpiece. Pay extra attention to ensure you are screwing them on properly in a clockwise direction. Also make sure the knurled nuts have been tightened down with a wrench. You also need to connect the valves to the spout. There will be two valves if there is a separate tap for hot and cold and only one if installing a mixer tap. The threaded ends of the valve needs to wrapped with plumbing tape before the parts are screwed together. Tighten these parts by hand and then finish with a wrench.

If your sink includes a drain pop up you will need to install this. The pop up lever is an integral part of the tailpiece so you will need to remove the existing one and fit the new. This involves a spring clip located at the end of the pivot rod.

Tip: Assembling the strain parts can be tricky in dark, confined spaces like under a cabinet. If at all possible flip the countertop upside down to do this work so you will have increased visibility.

3. Place and Adjust the Lift Rod

This step is simple and only requires feeding the lift rod through the appropriate holes in the spout and attaching it to the pivot rod in the tailpiece using the extension rod and spring clip. This will allow the drain to open and close. It is important to note this step is not required unless the sink has a pop up drain.

Tip: Be sure to properly adjust the lift rod so that the drain stopper is in the proper location or the sink will not hold water properly.

4. Connect the Plumbing

This is the final stage of the installation process. If you had the countertop flipped for easy accessibility put it back into place now. Connect the hot and cold water supply tubes to the shut off valves at the wall and be gentle when bending the flexible tubes. Hand tighten the compression nuts or flared fittings and finish tightening with a wrench, always turning clockwise.

Turn the water back on from the shutoff valves and open the faucet to flush the line.

Tip: Allow the water to run for a moment checking both for hot and cold are functioning properly, testing the drain and carefully observing for any sort of leaks.