Here’s my first DIY related post on my blog. I love getting my tools out and getting hands on with tasks. One job I’m wanting to do in spring when the weather improves is – To Fit and Outside Tap.
All the homes we have had, we have never had one. The faff of the sink tap attachments are putting it bluntly a pain in the arse.
Having an Outside tap opens up alsorts of tasks you can do at home. You’ll be able to wash your car outside your house. Water your plants in the garden, even filling up the kids paddling pools in the warmer months.
I wouldn’t say I was a DIY expert as such. If there is anything we’d like such as fitting an Outside Tap or any around the house DIY jobs, I like to have a crack at it myself. Sort of a hobby as it’s something I enjoy. I know they are Stressful but I really enjoy building Flat pack furniture… Even more so if the instructions actually give a bit of Detail. Come on Ikea your instructions sometimes are ridiculously basic, vague and badly written.
My issue with carrying out DIY tasks such as this is having the confidence in myself to do it. I know if i do research, obviously with it being a new challenge. If i take my time and have the correct tools ready and available I am more than capable of carrying out such a task.
The Planning of a task – Fitting an Outside Tap.
I’ve wanted an outside tap for what seems like ages. I’ve messaged local Handymen on local Tradesman groups and pages on Facebook for the area where we live. Quotes of £60 £70 plus for this kind of thing. But if you were to undertake it yourself as a DIY job, you can pick up outside tap kits for between £10 and £30.
Obviously these with anything, the cost will reflect the quality of the pieces and the product. Depends what your budget is and what your looking for. Ive compiled a small list below from most of the usual go to places for the Home DIY Enthusiast.
- Wickes – Easy fit Complete Outside Tap Kit
- ScrewFix – Outside Tap Kit 15mm x 1/2″ | Garden Taps
- B&Q – Brass and PVC Outside Tap Kit
- Amazon – Outside Tap Kit for an outside cold water supply
You may find other Hardware Stores and small businesses will do similar products for maybe less or more. Basically all that you will require to do the job other than the tools.
Tools Required – Fitting an Outside Tap.
Obviously if like me, you may not have all the Tools for this task. Now theres only a couple that I would need to purchase. This means Dad can go tool shopping, Happy Days!
Tools you will need. (these are tools listed in a few of the online how to’s I have read).
- Adjustable Spanners x2
- Hacksaw or Pipecutter
- Hammer Drill
- Round/Half Round file
- Tape Measure
- Spirit Level
- Exterior Filler
In a few of the How To’s that I shall share with you a bit further down. There’s alot of mention of Elbow, Plumbing Joints, Valves and Stop taps. Sound a little daunting to a plumbing newbie! Not to worry these are included in the readily available kits from your local plumbers merchant or hardware retailer. Best to Double check the kit with the how to, just to be on the safe side that you have everything needed.
Research – How To Guides and Video’s – Fitting an Outside Tap.
Not sure about others, but the idea and the thought of tackling something new. Especially DIY, I become very anxious, nervous, very doubtful and lacking in confidence. Hence I read up into a task such as reading How To Guides and watching How To Videos on Youtube.
I’ve never attempted anything Plumbing related before other than the fitting of the pipes needed for a washing machine. Below I will list a few links for you that I’ve read through a few times and found usefull and helpful.
- DIY Doctor – Fitting an Outisde Garden Tap.
- Practical DIY – Guide to Fitting an Outside Tap.
- DIY-Extra – Fitting an Outside Tap | UK DIY Projects
- Skil – Step by Step – How to Fitting an Outside Tap
- Video – How to Fit an outside tap
- Video – How to fitting an Outside tap
I hope these have been useful for you.
Fitting an Outisde Tap.
The daunting thoughts of undertaking a DIY plumbing task doesn’t seem as bad as expected. From research for an at home DIY’er its a couple of hour job (2 hours ish). So for the time being I shall leave it here. Bit more reading up and watching video’s, prepare myself for the better weather in the spring.
Not even going to attempt this at the moment while the weather is still unpredictable. But when the weather improves over the coming months, I will be investing in the tools and the kit and putting it all into practice and fitting myself an Outside Tap.
When this time does come I shall attempt to document it with images and possibly a video to share with you all here on my blog.