How to replace a tap — change an old faucet for a new fitting

Man replacing kitchen sink mixer tap
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Knowing how to replace tap can be a handy skill to have as a DIYer, enabling you to update your older fittings for more contemporary models, or fix a dripping faucet that is otherwise in good working order.

Understanding how to fix a dripping tap can increase the life of your fitting for a while, but ultimately you will may need to change it anyway if the problem keeps reoccurring. Replacing a tap is not a difficult task for any competent DIYer, but you will need a few essential tools and the right know-how which you can find in this guide. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.