Learn the Lingo and Understand the difference between Cobra’s Basin Taps

From unique lingo and interesting catchphrases, Cobra explains the difference between various types of basin taps.
25 June 2021 Technical Info
Learn the Lingo and Understand the difference between Cobra’s Basin Taps

From unique lingo, industry jargon, and interesting catchphrases, Cobra explains the difference between various types of taps.  It is almost unimaginable to buy the perfect kitchen or bathroom taps without a basic understanding of the different types of tap fittings. Cobra offers insight into these different types of taps and the lingo, jargon, and catchphrases you will hear when speaking to your plumber.

 

Traditional (screw down) Taps

Taps fitted directly onto the basin, bath, or sink through a tap hole and tightened below the surface. Typically there is one on the left (hot) and one on the right (cold) that are traditionally known as pillar taps. These taps can be used on basins, baths and kitchen sinks.

 

Bib Taps

Taps with the inlet in a horizontal position i.e. connected directly to the wall and the outlet facing down are known as bib taps. These are very often seen above laundry wash troughs, and in some kitchens, at the sink. A  brass garden tap is also known as a “hose bib tap”, as there is an attachment on the spout of the tap to which you can attach your garden hose. Those used inside, like in a laundry or kitchen, are usually chrome-plated, and those used outside are most often rough brass, i.e. there is no surface plating applied to the tap.

Single Lever Mixer Taps

Taps that activate the flow of water, at a user-determined temperature and flow rate, via a mechanism with a single handle that can be lifted and moved side-to-side, are called single lever mixer taps. There are various single lever mixer applications, as detailed below.

Tap Applications

A Raised Basin Mixer

Adding a fashionable statement to beautiful basin vanities, a raised basin mixer would be fitted to the countertop, alongside a basin that is installed on top of the counter A raised mixer or tap is generally a lot taller than a standard pillar-type mixer, to ensure that water flows in the centre of the basin.

Deck mounted

Any tap or mixer which is mounted directly onto the basin or counter is known as a deck-mounted fitting.

Wall type

Any exposed tap or mixer which is fixed to a wall and has a horizontal inlet i.e. is positioned horizontal with the floor, would be known as a wall-type fitting.

Under-Wall or Under-Tile fittings

Taps or mixers where the connection to the water supply and outlet pipe is not visible to the general bathroom user and is below a surface, for example, a tiled finish, , are known as “under-wall” or “under-tile” fittings. The water activation mechanism, such as a handle or lever, is visible and positioned above the surface, and normally has a chrome-plated finish. This mechanism is sometimes called the “trim set”, which consists of the handle and a “face plate” or “flange”, which serves to optimise the appearance of the fitting by covering any holes left over due to the plumbing process. This is very often the setup for showers and a lot of baths.
 
Although this does not cover every possible installation type, it will hopefully shed a bit of light on the more common ones.