Concealed behind the walls of virtually every home, copper pipes are a hidden gem. Now, as the trend for industrial pieces continues, exposed pipes are an easy way to get the look. Cheap, accessible (you can buy pipes from any builders merchant) and versatile, copper pipes can be fashioned into virtually anything, from taps to dish racks, curtain poles to clothes rails. Here, we explain how to make a mixer tap.
Jamie Blake of Blakes London describes the trend for copper taps as ‘plumbing stripped back to its bare minimum’. To make your own, he says that all you need to do is run the length of the pipes directly from the boiler and decide where to bring them out of the wall. Then, have your plumber shape the pipes – this is done using a heated metal rod that is fed inside the pipe and used to slowly bend it into shape. Fix the completed pipes with wall brackets and fit basic stop-cock plumbing valves – the type that you usually find under your floorboards or in the boiler – for the taps.
Beware of the hot-water tap as copper conducts heat very well, making taps boiling to the touch. The cost for creating a copper tap is mainly for the labour involved – your plumber may charge you around £250-300 for the job plus approximately £50 for materials. A super-stylish alternative to designer taps.
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