One of the most utilised appliances in a kitchen is the sink’s faucet. Corrosion, leaks, and obsolescence are all possible outcomes of prolonged use. You’ll need to know how to take off the old kitchen tap before you can install the new one. Here, we’ll show you how to take off your kitchen tap without damaging the fixture or yourself.
The Necessary Equipment
Make sure you have the following on hand before you get started:
- Wrench Adjustable
- Wrench basin
- Phillips- and flat-head screwdriver
- Plaster of Paris
- Rags or washcloths
- Cup or bowl
Instructions for Removing Kitchen Faucet
- Shut off the water mains.
Stop the flow of water to the washbasin or tap before you start. You’ll find the hot and cold water supply valves beneath the washbasin. Stop the flow of water by rotating the knobs clockwise.
- Turn off the water mains.
The bolts holding the water pipes to the faucet may be loosened using an adjustable wrench. Put a container beneath the fittings to collect any water that may leak. Once the nuts have been loosened, you may unscrew them by hand.
- Take off the screw caps
You’ll need to locate the faucet’s mounting bolts beneath the sink. A basin wrench may be necessary to access them. To loosen the nuts, rotate them anticlockwise. Once they are free, you may unscrew them with your fingers.
- Take the old one out.
The old tap may be removed from the sink by removing the mounting bolts. If it’s stuck in the sink, try gently wiggling it back and forth.
- Disinfect the washbasin
Make sure the sink is spotless before you install the new tap. Rinse the sink thoroughly, removing any leftover particles or old plumber’s putty.
- Repair using plumber’s putty
Put some plumber’s putty around the new washbasin fixture’s base. The watertight seal between the washbasin and the tap may be achieved using this.
- Replace the sink’s faucet.
Replace the old tap by placing it in the sink’s mounting holes. Before you tighten the mounting bolts, check for plumb and center.
- Install the bolts securely and tighten the nuts.
Tighten the mounting nuts as much as you can using your fingertips. The last bit of tightening may be done with a basin wrench or an adjustable wrench. Take care not to overtighten, since doing so might cause the sink or the tap to break.
- Join the water pipes together.
The new washbasin fixture requires both hot and cold water lines to be connected. Tighten the nuts with a good, firm turn with an adjustable wrench.
- Activate the water main.
After you’ve installed your kitchen sink and fixtures, you may turn on the water. Tighten the connections and make sure there are no leaks or drips.
Removing a kitchen tap may be a tedious task if you aren’t prepared with the proper equipment and know-how. Take your time and be careful not to rush, since doing so might result in breaking expensive parts or fittings.