Garden taps are simply a beautiful addition to your garden, whatever the size. Choosing the right place to fit your garden tap is a very important thing to be considered, with most people taking the easy option of fitting it on an outside wall which can easily be plumbed into the cold water supply. The best garden taps have been lacquered to protect from all weather conditions and ensure they last for a long time, although if you apply WD40 occasionally, this will protect your tap even further.
When fitting these ornamental accessories, it is always recommended that you have a professional plumber do so, although many people are DIY proficient and wouldn’t have a problem doing it themselves. The most important thing to consider with a garden tap is that it has a 3/4″ thread so that a hose adaptor can be fitted.
Ornamental taps can also be fitted in the home if necessary and can look stunning in the kitchen and bathroom, but it obviously depends on the properties appearance. As some designs are quite large, they are obviously not suitable unless in a garden.
When choosing your tap design, most go for a classic design with an animal, such as a robin or mouse, for those that are a bit more adventurous with a more modern property or garden there are many more ornate and odd designs. A brass finish is most popular as it fits into almost any background, for the more contemporary garden, chrome is used.
Outdoors taps are necessary if you make use of a garden hose to water the garden, make use of a sprinkler, watering system or perhaps simply a pressure washer to clean the patio area or car.
If you have not currently got one you might be thinking that it is going to cost a lot of cash to call a plumber in to do it. However, if you are confident enough you should be able to fit an outdoor tap yourself by using an outdoor tap kit, which you can find at most hardware stores.
In this post we will show you an easy way to fit an outside tap, and at the end there will be a video that you can follow along to. Just like all plumbing tasks, if you are unsure, then call in an expert who will get the job done for you. The last thing you need is to wind up ankle deep in water.
Tools you will need:
An Outdoor Tap Kit.
Masonry Drill Bits (6mm and 16mm).
PTFE (thread tape).
A Sharp Knife.
Setting up the supply of water
To set up the supply of water you have to link to an existing water pipe. This is done by using a self cutting isolator tap to cut into the copper pipeline. You must clean the copper pipe, eliminate any paint with a scraper or knife in the location you are going to set up the isolator tap.
Take the isolator tap from the clamp and connect the clamp to the copper pipe in the location you want the tap to be. Make sure that the clamp seal washer is properly in location prior to tightening up the clamp to the copper pipe.
With the clamp now in place, take the self cutting isolator tap and position it into the clamp hole making certain the isolator tap is switched off, beware not to cross thread the tap, screw the isolator tap clockwise up until the cutter has actually cut a hole into the copper pipeline.
When the isolator tap has actually cut a hole into the pipe you have to fix the tap using the back nut onto the clamp. You should check the isolator tap now by turning it on, capture the water in a pail, the turn the isolator tap off once again.
If you are now confident that the tap is fitted correctly and works wll, you should flexible hose to the isolator tap.
You need to now drill a 16mm hole through the wall if you are having an external tap, however if you are having the tap inside your garage for instance, you can ignore this stage.
So now drill the hole and push the flexible pipe through and out the other side.
Setting up the outside/ garden tap.
When you have the supply of water organised, you should then set up the tap.
Take the support plate/ wall installed port, the water inlet and the tap and cover some PTFE (thread tape) around the threads to guarantee a leak-proof seal.
Wrap the PTFE tape around the thread a couple of times of both the tap and the inlet. The screw the inlet onto the support plate/ wall installed adapter and make use of an adjustable spanner to tighten this onto the support plate.
Now choose where you want the tap to be fixed to the wall, mark the holes making use of the support plate and drill and rawl plug the holes, then screw the support plate onto the wall.
You now have to cut the supply of flexible pipe to the correct length, you should cut the pipeline with a sharp knife, and when this is done you should press the pipeline onto the water inlet on the support plate, then secure pipe using a hose (jubilee) clip.
Next you should screw the support plate to the wall, and tighten everything with your adjustable spanner.
Now the tap is fitted and you have the supply of water linked up you should connect the hose adapter or whatever fitting you have for the tap.
Turn on the isolator tap to enable water to flow down the water supply hose and to the outside tap, open the tap and there you have it.
You have now successfully fitted an outside tap.
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