I have a leaking kitchen tap (into the cupboard underneath the sink), and
am going to replace it. It is the sort that has a long swan neck and the h &
c controls are on either side of the single fitting. Is this a monobloc tap?
Anyway it is very awkward to get to behind the sink from underneath. I have
never replaced one of this type before, and can't see how it is fixed to the
From above there seems to be no fixing screw, so it must be fastened
Before I get underneath for a good look, can anyone tell me how these are
fixed (and removed). Any special tools needed?
The pipe plumbing seems to be bog standard 15 mm copper, so no worries
there, it's just the method of fixing the tap unit to the sink that's
Thanks for any help
Yes it sounds like a monobloc, last time I fitted a monobloc tap it was just
held on by a nut underneath, the easiest way to get to this is by using an
adjustable basin wrench (follow link below). Hope this helps
Don't really think that would work on a 'standard' monobloc tap due to the
close proximity of the feed pipes to the holding nut. All you usually need
are a set of combination (open ended and ring) spanners and a strong back!
On the base (underside) of the tap there are usually three threaded holes,
two are either 10mm or 12mm threaded these are for the feed pipes and one is
a smaller (8mm??) threaded hole. Into this goes a short length of threaded
bar, the tap then goes through the sink hole, and a 'half moon' shaped
rubber washer and a 'half moon shaped steel washer go onto this threaded
bar, rubber one against the underside of the sink. The whole thing is then
tightened with a 11mm diameter (usually) elongated nut. All these bits are
supplied with the tap. The awkward part is tightening this up while
contorted into a kitchen cupboard. I usually, and you can too if confident
enough, cut the threaded bar down and then you can use a socket set on the
nut, but make sure you don't cut the bar too short or you'll not get the nut
I hope this helps you, I have tried to find an online picture of the bits
but haven't come up with anything, sorry.
This must be *the* most helpful ng
thanks all, I'll buy the new tap tomorrow and see what comes with it, and
have a proper look under the old one.
I'll no doubt post back if in difficulties!
On Tue, 2 Sep 2003 17:03:14 +0000 (UTC), "Gripper"
I'm having the same thoughts about a replacement combined bath tap and
shower head. It doesn't look as though this is replaceable without
physically moving the bath.
I've got the usual plumbers tools for accessing tap connectors, but it
doesn't look like they will be long enough to do the job, or maybe the
space available won't allow them to reach in. Very awkward.
All the monoblocks I've seem have an 8?mm entry, so have adaptors between
this and the 15mm. And sometimes these are solder fittings which make
removing difficult. The tap assembly itself is held onto the sink by one
nut on a stud which is often well overlength, so hope it hasn't rusted up.
I hate the bl***y things. ;-)
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