While installation of taps is a job that should be trusted to an experienced plumber, it need not be a daunting task for those who believe in dealing with the matter themselves!
You must already know it from experience, proper planning provides for the right foundation for all your DIY projects. As such, we are listing below some steps that will definitely come in handy when you install taps in your home all on your own!
The right tools are the best friend of a DIY person. So, you must arrange for the right tools including spanners, wrench, pipe cutter, drilling machine etc. for the job.
You will need to pre-drill holes into your bath depending on whether you are fitting a bathroom or a basin tap.
If you are fitting a wall mounted tap, you will need to work out the required depth and height and drill the holes accordingly. You will need to make sure that the diameter of the tap is equivalent to that of the hole for a perfect fit.
Make sure to turn off your hot and cold water supply also your boiler.
Turn on all the taps in the house till all water that remains in the pipes is drained out.
Remove all the old taps if you are replacing existing taps with new ones. Assemble the new taps as per the installation instructions that you might have received with them.
Place the new tap within the tap hole of your bath or basin, or within the wall
There are two basic options for fitting taps, the most conventional is to mount taps on the sink or basin or bath, or for a modern look, taps can be mounted behind the fixtures. This has the advantage of giving a clean, uncluttered looked to fixture surfaces.
You will now have to connect the water supply pipes to the tap.
Ensure your water supply pipes are secured properly to ensure there is no leak and that they look as good as your tap. Remember that fitting isolating valves for both hot and cold water pipes for future maintenance is a good idea.
The next step is to ensure that all electricity wiring is properly earth bonded so that you or anyone else in your home doesn’t get a ‘rude’ shock!
The final step in your tap installation is to turn on your water supply and check for any leaks.
Congratulations! You’ve got your taps installed yourself. With the steps detailed above, fitting a tap yourself should be a breeze! To make things even easier, all taps from Taps & More come with detailed fitting instructions.