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How to Replace a Kitchen Basin Tap

Changing a kitchen basin tap can seem intimidating, but with a little knowledge and the right tools, it’s a relatively straightforward DIY project. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to change a kitchen basin tap:

Step by Step:

  1. Shut off the water supply to the tap. Locate the shut-off valves under the sink and turn them clockwise to close them. If you can’t find the shut-off valves or they are stuck, turn off the main water supply to the house.
  2. Drain the remaining water from the tap and pipes. Place a bucket under the pipes to catch any water that may still be in them.
  3. Drain the remaining water from the tap and pipes. Place a bucket under the pipes to catch any water that may still be in them.
  4. Remove the old tap. Use a basin wrench (a long-handled tool with adjustable jaws) to loosen the mounting nuts that hold the tap in place. You may need to use penetrating oil to loosen the nuts if they are stuck. Once the nuts are loose, gently lift the tap off the sink.
  5. Install the new tap. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to attach the new tap to the sink. Be sure to use Teflon tape on the threads of the mounting nuts to create a watertight seal. Tighten the mounting nuts with the basin wrench, but be careful not to overtighten as this can strip the threads or damage the sink.
  6. Attach the water supply lines to the new tap. Use the compression fittings that came with the new tap to attach the flexible water supply lines to the hot and cold water inlets on the tap. Tighten the compression fittings with a basin wrench or adjustable pliers.
  7. Turn the water supply back on. Open the shut-off valves under the sink or turn the main water supply back on. Test the tap to make sure it is working properly and that there are no leaks.
  8. Finish up. Replace the sink drain and any sink mounting hardware that you removed during the installation process. Clean up any debris and double-check that everything is in its proper place.

With a little patience and attention to detail, you can successfully change a kitchen basin tap on your own. It’s a great way to save money on a plumbing repair and to learn a new skill.

This is a guide and is intended to provide general information and instruction. It is not a substitute for professional advice or expertise. We encourage you to seek out appropriate professionals or resources for any specific problem or issue you may have. The creators and publishers of this guide cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions, or for any actions taken based on the information provided.

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