Average Labour Cost/Price to Fit/Install an Outside/Garden Tap (Plumbers' Rates)

To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…

(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)

How Much Does It Cost To Replace an Outside Tap?

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Based on our tradesman’s rate of £200 per day and a labourer at £100 per day. These prices include materials
(The minimum price will usually be for a half day).

To fit a tap on the “kitchen sink” wall.
It’s a “half a day” job plus £20 top whack for the fittings.


If you want the tap in an awkward place (with no adjacent internal supply pipework) it could take him all day, so consider


To fit a tap outside the back door and dig in a new
gully and run it to an existing manhole. This will take two men two days plus £40.00 materials

To fit a tap at the bottom of the garden. If you “surface run” the supply pipe and have it freeze up each winter this will take two men a day.


The above with the supply pipe buried 900mm below the surface to prevent freezing.
This could take 2 men 4 days

Material Information

Outside Tap with Double-Check Valve (DCV) Cost - £12.00

15mm Copper Pipe Cost - £3.00 per metre

Bag of 5 Copper Elbows Cost £3.50

Isolating Valve Cost - £4.00

Foam Pipe Insulaton Cost - £2.00

Plastic Gully Cost - £20.00

Underground Drainage Pipe Cost - £5 per metre

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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on Outside/Garden Taps


Ideally he should connect the tap to the cold water main before the internal stop tap, which is usually under the sink somewhere. (The kitchen sink should be the first existing “tap off” point for your incoming water main). This will mean he has to stop the water out in the street which is slightly illegal but simple enough to do. (You should legally get the water board to come and stop the water if it’s outside your premises). If he connects before the internal stop tap, you can still have a “nice cup of tea” using the outside tap, if you have to turn off the water main in the house for any reason in the future.

Why are you recoiling in horror? Outside tap water is just the same as kitchen sink tap water and for that matter mains loo flushing water. It’s where it goes when it leaves the pipe that can make it unsavoury.

He should also fit a “
stop cock” internally so that you can turn off the supply to the garden tap in freezing weather. This removes the need to fit that daft wooden box full of ineffective insulation around the external pipe. When you do turn off the inside cock in cold weather, you should then turn the outside tap itself on. This drains all the water out so it can’t freeze and expand and burst the pipe. Therefore it is important to site the outside tap below the pipe hole in the wall.

Garden taps are now required to have an “anti siphon” valve. This stops contaminated water from jumping out of the watering can/hosepipe, running back up the pipes into the house and giving you all “Montezuma’s Revenge”. These are integral with modern units so don’t use an old tap.

Don’t let him use plastic fittings. Soldered copper pipes are neat and 50 times stronger (remember the bucket). Also try to avoid “self tapping connections” internally. These clamp around the intended supply pipe and create a small hole. They’re OK for washing machines but give a reduced water supply. This becomes very evident when you use the hose on your petunias a hundred foot down your garden.

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