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Is it possible to make one tap? Plumber said difficult job

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by Darlinghurst Boy, 20th Jan, 2016.

  1. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    is it expensive or a lot of problem for a plumber to make one tap in the older houses that still have 2 taps.
    I rang a plumber and he went on and on about how hard this job was going to be .

    I have posted a picture .
    So take the two taps out and put one for both hot and cold water.
     

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  2. Propertunity

    Propertunity Exclusive Real Estate Buyers Agent Business Member

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    Yes, that will be a job alright. The tiles and part of the wall will need to be removed near the existing taps. New copper plumbing to be installed for the new flickmixer. Change the sink to one with a hole for the new flickmixer. Replaster the wall & retile.
     
  3. Peter_Tersteeg

    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    The plumber is likely thinking about removing the tiles to put the cross bar between the two existing pipes behind the wall, then the outlet comes out of the wall between them. This alone adds a bit of cost.

    It also looks like the two existing taps are fairly close together so they might need to be separated. This probably means removing more of the wall to access the pipes.
     
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  4. Biz

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    That kitchen looks like death.
     
  5. Azazel

    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    Unless that's the laundry, looks like it needs a new kitchen.
     
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  6. Darlinghurst Boy

    Darlinghurst Boy Well-Known Member

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    No i only plan to have a new sink installed and get one tap/mixer but it looks as though i may just need to repair the taps because it will be a pain to get one.
     
  7. Bayview

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    I have watched my BIL do a couple for us over the years.

    They always look easier than they turn out to be...like fixing a car.

    Allow a couple of hours labour I'd reckon...could even be more, but depends on how things are behind the tiles.

    Older houses can be a nightmare to undo what is there, then redo with the new.
     
  8. Hanison

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    To be frank.
    I think you have bigger issues in that room than modernizing the plumbing with a mixer.
    Sorry.
     
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  9. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    The sound of one hand clapping?
    Oh no, I mean a tree falling in a forest.
     
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  10. Handyandy

    Handyandy Well-Known Member

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    that is a 400mm sink and are impossible to replace. These days the sinks drop into a 600 (540) mm kitchen bench.
     
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    Mumbai Well-Known Member

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    Is that a prison?
     
  12. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm with the others who think spending anything on that kitchen is a waste of money. A new sink and/or tap are not going to convince someone to rent it who will refuse to rent it as it is now. Put the money towards a new kitchen one day.
     
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  13. WestOz

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    That's an old girl, is this the place you just finished the reno on?
    Where abouts is it, Darlinghurst/Surry area?

    Why the need to change to mixer, problem with current taps, leaking etc?

    If so until/if reno buy suitable replacement taps which cost bugga-all (take that pic into Bunnings plumbing area and they'll help you) or a couple of washers and one of these Tap Reseater Indoor / Outdoor Tap Reseater

    Considering it's outdoor garden taps in the kitchen (which happened in the early 1900's)

     
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  14. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    You guys talk like you haven't seen an Elizabeth kitchen before :p
     
  15. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah get the mixer tap! V fancy! Me likey :cool:
    Find another plumber, you need to call a few to get prices and one that will show up!
     
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  16. Ouga

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    I would totally rent that if only it had a mixer tap...
     
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  17. Bayview

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    Yep; better off to rip it all out and replace with an Ikea or Bunnings etc kitchen.

    It depends on the rest of the house how much you spend - how much of the house looks like this kitchen?

    You don't want to overcapitalise.

    But; a nicer looking kitchen than this - even though cheap - will be easier to rent.
     
  18. Johnny Cashflow

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    @D.T. owns about 10 oft hose quality kitchens :D
     
  19. Azazel

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    We actually had that at one place, fancy.
    They are pretty cheap to replace with normal taps.
     
  20. Tim & Chrissy

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    My brother in-law and I did this in my kitchen at home.

    I removed the fibro sheeting behind the sink (kitchen was ripped out) and cut the pipes further down the wall, fit them off with wall taps (the kind you see in your bathroom vanity) and installed a sink with a mixer tap.

    No oxy required