How to Install a Kitchen Tap

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How to Install a Kitchen Tap
Installing a kitchen tap is a relatively simple procedure. (Washing up VI image by Sophia Winters from

Installing a kitchen tap can be a simple procedure, or a little awkward depending on whether or not there is a sink already in place. If your sink is already in and you are simply adding a kitchen tap, it can take a little manoeuvring. Either way, installing a kitchen tap can be done in just a few steps.

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Things you need

  • Kitchen tap assembly
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Rubber gasket or
  • Plumber's putty

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  1. 1

    Turn off the water supply to your kitchen faucets. If the shut-off valves underneath the sink are to remain, it is sufficient to shut off the water at that point.

  2. 2

    Assemble any parts of the tap that need to be put together before the entire tap goes in. If there is a sprayer attachment, it will likely have to be threaded through the body of the tap.

  3. 3

    Create a watertight seal where the sink and tap meet by inserting a rubber gasket. If you did not receive one as part of your tap assembly, pack plumber's putty into the opening.

  4. 4

    Insert the tap through the hole in the top of the sink. Secure it firmly in place, then thread the mounting nuts on the shafts of the tap. Ensure the shafts are centred in the sink holes and then tighten the nuts.

  5. 5

    Connect the hot and cold supply lines to the water supply shut-offs underneath the sink. Bend the copper tubes if necessary to fit. Be gentle and don't move them more than once.

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