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Mixer tap on the kitchen sink

My mixer tap on the kitchen sink is lifting up away from the basin, is there any way I can tighten it. I have looked underneath and there is no screws.

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Hi gt_elijah.

I'm Harvey the Master Plumber.

You want to know if there any way to tighten a faucet on a kitchen sink?

Yes! All faucets have to be secure, but there are as many diferent methods as there are diferent manufacturers. If you are unfamiliar with the diferent methods then you might not recognize the screw, nut, bolt or fitting when you look at it. Also, for many, a special tool is required. It might be wise to have someone local look at it.
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Posted on Sep 10, 2008

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