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46 S P E C I A L R E P O R T Tapping into instant hot water HPM follows the installation of an InSinkErator 3N1 steaming hot water tap Available in both J and L shapes, brushed steel, chrome, and the recently launched rose gold, InSinkErator’s 3N1 steaming hot water taps are a perfect and beautiful addition to the busy homeowner’s kitchen. The particular property HPM visited had several interesting issues. Built in the 1930s, the semi-detached flat did not have a working mains stopcock inside the building. Instead, head engineer, Terry Stephens, of Aquatherm Services, had to switch the cold mains off from the outside in order to isolate the water. The kitchen was also very snug, which meant that Terry had little room to manoeuvre. However, even in a tight spot such as this, the compact InSinkErator tank and filter was easily fixed into position. The homeowner’s pipes also had issues, as waste seemed to be leaking from the sink. Terry pointed out that the pipes, instead of being replaced, had been glued together with silicon. He later replaced this by cutting and fitting together a nifty, new piping system. “On the whole, they’re easy to fit – we have the installation criteria and as long as people follow that, it’s quite straightforward. The taps are very nice looking and provide you with instant, hot water which is great for the busy lifestyles we have. “The filter will need to be changed every six months by the homeowner,” Terry added. “This is as simple as pulling the original filter out and popping in a new one. The hot water tank features a digital, adjustable thermostat enabling users to set the desired temperature of the water between 88 and 98°C.” The homeowner was delighted. “I had a really dated tap – and piping system apparently – so it was great to have something so reliable and new installed,” he said. “The water tastes great too. I used to have a standard filter jug, which is a necessity when living in a hard water area. This instantaneous hot water is a blessing in the morning when time is limited. “The simplicity of switching the filter and easy controls is also a bonus – especially when you don’t know that much about plumbing.” 1 2 3 www.hpmmag.com September 2017 enquiry number 125 Take off doors to cupboard under sink. Shut off water and remove original tap from base 4 5 6 7 8 Fit the water filter. The units are supplied with a universal y connector. There are two ports, one of which is not required, so cap this off. Then connect pipe from filter to incoming main and tighten compression fittings (solder fittings can be used if preferred) Fit the tank filter pack, making sure the pipes from the tap are in comfortable reach Make sure to fill the tank before plugging in. Allow five minutes for the tank to warm up and enjoy! If the customer has a shelf, you can opt to take it out or cut out what needs to be removed to fit the tank through Connect the pipes to the hot and cold taps. Then cut into the cold mains off, T-off for boiling side, and fit an isolation value, so the hot tap has its own one for future maintenance. If needed, place cut shelf back into position Put the tank into place, making sure it’s fixed to a firm wall. Then connect each of the three pipes – the cold mains feed, hot outlet and a vent pipe Slide the tap body through the hole in the sink. Connect the tap from the underside mounting, fitting the lock nut and mounting plates and tighten tap into position


HPM September 2017
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