Installing Tap Parts

The process of installing tap parts can be tricky but if you are aware of the basics, you will be able to complete this job yourself and save money that would have gone to a plumber. It is important, however, that you plan this job carefully and that you apply for all of the appropriate permits required to conduct this type of job within your state.

Planning the Installation Process

Installing tap parts begins with the planning phase. During this phase, you should outline your plans and the layout of your bathroom or kitchen. You will also need to find out whether you are simply going to replace a broken tap or whether you want to install a new bathtub or kitchen sink. If you are going to install new fixtures, you will need to draw up a plan of your kitchen or bathroom down to size and mark all of the areas that contain plumbing fixtures. This process is a complex one and you will need to ensure that you are able to complete the job properly or you might end up with a very expensive problem that will need to be fixed by a professional.

If you are simply going to be installing tap parts as replacements for old and broken ones, you can begin by choosing your new parts and purchasing the appropriate tools for the job. The parts and tools you purchase will depend on the type of taps you are installing and where you are installing them.

Internal and External Tap Parts

The type of tap you will need to purchase will largely depend on whether you are installing them inside or outside your home. Internal taps are usually stylish and elegant while external taps are usually more practical.

Getting Down to Installing Tap Parts

In order to begin installing tap parts as replacements for old taps, you will need to remove the taps that are already fixed in place but you must switch off the water mains before you begin or you could end up with a big mess. In order to remove the tap you will need to unscrew the tap at the base of the sink but it is important to remember that all taps disassemble in a unique manner and you will need to find out how to disassemble yours by turning to the owner’s manual, calling the manufacturer or simply finding your way around.

Turning to the Owner’s Manual

Once you have disassembled the tap you can begin installing your new one. When you purchase a tap, it will usually come with all of the necessary parts but you might need to purchase a line that will connect the valves to the water supplies.

The last thing that you will need to remember when installing tap parts is the ways in which the plumbing fixtures are attached. You will need to take note of the hot and cold fixtures so that you don’t get them crossed and you can do this by taking note of each attachment when you disassemble the tap.

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