How to install an Ikea kitchen tap

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How to install an Ikea kitchen tap
Ikea products are known for being cheap and stylish. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Ikea is a Swedish company that sells home furnishings and accessories. It has shops that showcase their items in many different countries all over the world. Ikea is known for being one of the first companies to offer furniture assembled by the customer. This allows the buyer to transport items home in his car that might be too large and bulky otherwise. You can also make upgrades to your kitchen by installing Ikea plumbing fixtures. An Ikea kitchen tap can be installed in approximately one hour.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Flat blade screwdriver
  • 3.4 cm (1 3/8 inch) hole saw
  • Power drill
  • Cloth (optional)
  • Mild soap solution (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Thread both flexible water supply extensions to the under side of the tap assembly and tighten them into the fittings with an adjustable spanner in a clockwise direction. Turn the mounting stud into the threaded opening at the bottom of the tap. Tighten the stud by placing a flat blade screwdriver into the slot on the bottom of the stud and turning in a clockwise direction.

  2. 2

    Slide the circular mounting pad over the attached hoses and stud until it is fully seated on the underside of the tap. Slide the upper rubber gasket onto the underside of mounting pad.

  3. 3

    Install a 3.4 cm (1 3/8 inch) hole saw into the chuck of a power drill. Drill a hole into the desired mounting area for the tap. Hold the tap over the drilled hole and feed the flexible hoses and mounting stud through the hole. Allow the tap to rest flush onto the mounting surface. Skip this step if you will be mounting your tap using an existing mounting hole.

  4. 4

    Open the cabinet doors under the sink where the new tap is being installed. Locate the flexible hoses and mounting stud. Line up the hole in the lower rubber gasket the with mounting stud and slide it into place flush against the underside of the sink or counter top.

  5. 5

    Slide the plastic spacer onto the bottom of the tap flush against the gasket in Step 4 if you are mounting your tap to the sink only. Skip this step if you are mounting your tap to the counter top, as the spacer will not be needed.

  6. 6

    Slide the bottom-mounting plate up against the underside of the tap flush against the lower rubber gasket or spacer. Thread the mounting nut onto the tap's mounting stud and tighten with an adjustable spanner in a clockwise direction.

  7. 7

    Thread the flexible hoses from the underside of the tap to the hot and cold water supply fittings under the sink cabinet. Attach the left hand hose to the hot water supply fitting and the right hand hose to the cold water fitting. Tighten the flexible hose fittings with an adjustable spanner in a clockwise direction. Turn on the hot and cold water supply valves and check all fittings for leaks. Tighten any fittings as necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are replacing an existing tap with your new Ikea tap, locate the hot and cold water shut-off valves inside the under-sink cabinet and turn them in a clockwise direction to shut off the water supply. Remove the hot and cold water hoses from the supply pipes from the tap by twisting the fittings off with an adjustable wrench. Loosen the retaining nuts on the bottom of tap mounting studs and remove them. Pull the tap straight up from the top of the sink. Clean the mounting surface with a cloth and soapy water.

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