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How to Replace a Tap

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A dripping tap is not only annoying but also costly, particularly since the introduction of water charges in Ireland. This task is not as difficult as it sounds, and our guide will help you get it done efficiently.

Step 1

Turn Off Water Supply

Turn Off Water Supply

Turn off both the hot and cold water supply under the sink. If this is not possible, you may need to turn off the water from your hot press or from the mains. Allow the tap to run until the water drains from the pipes.

Step 2

Disconnect Water Pipe

Disconnect Water Pipe

Place the plug in the sink to prevent small fixings from falling down the pipe as you work. Place a basin under the sink to collect any dripping water while you work. Use your adjustable wrench to remove the nuts that connect the water pipe to the tap.

Step 3

Remove Tap

Remove Tap

Locate the back nut under the sink that holds the tap in place. Remove this using your wrench while holding onto the tap to prevent it falling and causing damage. The tap can now be removed.

Step 4

Insert New Tap

Insert New Tap

Place your replacement tap in the position of the old one, and secure it with all the fixings it came with.

Step 5

Reconnect Water Pipe

Reconnect Water Pipe

Connect the water pipe to the new tap and place some plumber’s tape around the connection to secure it and prevent drips or leaks.

Step 6

Turn On Water Supply

Turn On Water Supply

Turn the water supply back on.