Utility Kitchen Part 2: Speedfit Plumbing DIY | The Carpenter’s Daughter

This week, I got back to installing our utility kitchen in the conservatory. But this time, I start working on the plumbing for the sink and washing machine.

Please note I am NOT a professional. However, if you struggle to see me doing or explaining something, then I’ve written an in depth blog post here with lots of picture diagrams:

You can find Part 1 here: https://youtu.be/Uc65kMYRMKo

Also, this is in NO way associated or sponsored by Screwfix, My father in law just helped me out by drawing a plan with catalogue codes as a shopping list.

Here’s my shopping list from me to you. *Amazon ares affiliate links:
Speedfit 15mm pipe: http://bit.ly/2Ak6OlG
Fine wire wool: https://amzn.to/2OxvcJ4
Rolson 15mm pipe cutter: https://amzn.to/2NQ4oi0
Deburring tool (thought it was rubbish)
Jointing compound: https://amzn.to/2AlpQbn *cheaper in Screwfix
Gloves: https://amzn.to/2P8366R
Speedfit 15mm Equal Elbow: https://amzn.to/2OAWMoZ
Speedfit superseal inserts: https://amzn.to/2OyZn2L
Screwfix pipe cutters: http://bit.ly/2S4JcZ6
Red & Blue 15mm collets: https://amzn.to/2AkgYCM
Speedfit 15mm Equal Tees: https://amzn.to/2AmdFLn
Speedfit 15mm 3/4 BSP Appliance Tap: https://amzn.to/2OAB5oT
Speedfit 15mm Shut Off Tap: https://amzn.to/2yPcH8q
Wrench or spanner: https://amzn.to/2AjSrh4
Speedfit 15mm End Stop: https://amzn.to/2OycocK
15mm pipe clips: https://amzn.to/2OCvMoM
Plasterboard fittings: https://amzn.to/2PKc2MJ


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Duncan B says:

Good job and well done for having the courage to have a go. Most domestic plumbing is reasonably straightforward and as you’ve found there is loads on help and examples on youtube. A much better tool for deburring the inside of copper pipes is the kind that look a bit like a pencil but with a crooked (and replaceable) end – search on Amazon for deburrer tool. Run it round the inside of the tube and be amazed with the ease with which the swarf and inside lip can be removed.

motosierra1000 says:

Buen trabajo. Felicitaciones

Ashley Burton says:

You are fantastic! Really impressed with your ability & confidence

edcross1 says:

quick tip – where you used the end caps for the sink, you can use shut off valves like the other you used. This will then allows you to isolate either tap in your sink when you fit it should there be a problem in the future. Personally I think every tap in a house should have a shut off valve just below it. Makes maintenance a doddle in the future. Also you didn’t need to start with copper. The white plastc pipe will fit in a copper compression fitting as long as you use the insert.

edcross1 says:

also it is recommended that you clip plastic pipe on a horizontal run every 300mm – 1 foot, in old money – As always a great video and certainly showing that you can do so much yourself if you take your time. – one day you’ll have to buy a plot and build your own house from the ground up.

Leon Thomas says:

Nice neat job Vikki. I prefer copper and compression but plastic and push fit definitely has its place and has got me out of trouble loads of times. Keep up the good work

David Jones says:

I like nice work,can you put a wash on for me ,lol cheers ,

Du7cH 137 says:

great job, but dont be shy with the pipe clips i’d use every 12″ to 16″

ilookafter thewater says:

Another flawless victory, then :o)

Just a quick note for the future, for when your pipe-cutting shears (or snips – call them what you will) become dull: when you cut, Instead of using them like scissors, which can be seriously hard work and may cause nipping at the cut end of the pipe, line the pipe up in the blades of the snips, where you want to make the cut, apply light pressure to the snips, and twist the pipe, increasing the pressure as you go. A bit like using the twist cutter on copper pipes. You’ll likely find this puts a much better, cleaner cut on the end of the soft pipe, it’ll extend the life of the snips, you’ll find cutting so much simpler and you won’t end up with one forearm that looks like it fell off Popeye and you found it kicking about :o)

Keep up the good work – You’re a brilliant role model for women everywhere who have been deceived in to believing they can’t or shouldn’t do stuff like this.

Mike Zeke says:

Haven’t seen that pipe on this side of the pond. Looks good. Little pricey for my taste.(plumber here)

Michael Evans says:

Good job ,I would place a few more clips on those pipes though.

MMG - Moon Man Guitar says:

This is sooo useful to watch. Thank you dudette. ❤️

james penn says:

Another great job. I’ve used speedfit and the like for years , a bit more expensive than conventional copper but makes plumbing so much easier and even if you get a leak it’s easy to fix. keep up the good work . Oh and get a set of pipe grips , much easier than mole grips.

Libor Chmelik says:

Nice job. But You should add more clips to the wall to hold the tubing. The general rule is 5 to 6 centimeters at each end of a T or angle fitting for tubing up to a size of 1 inch in diameter. And a distance of 2 hammer handle lengths between each clip on the tubing itself. Also a snap cord or spirit level helps to position the clips so the tubing doesn’t zig zag afterwards.

Paul Regan says:

Hi looks good. But cap off the hot pipe, just in cases the tap let’s water by, or the tap gets turned on.

Peter Moring says:

Very confident attempt …… Successful TOO! …… Well done :-)

bob smith says:

Are you planning on staying in this house or, are the improvements being made to sale house later? Just curious.

Paul Lockwood says:

Great job Vikkie, they really make the job nice quick and easy. Those copper pipe cutters are a great cheap tool to have, so simple for anyone to use.

Kevin Woods says:

Well done,excellent job!

Marc says:

Did my mum’s kitchen a few years ago, put in cold and hot washing machine tap outlets. Then my brother tells me that they no longer make washing machines that use the house’s hot water. Oh well, screwed on a blank cap to the hot outlet just in case of leaks. 😀

maingun07 says:

I think the only thing I would have done different is to install a water hammer arrestor.

Some washing machines, especially older models, have fast operating valves. As the washer is filling, water is obviously moving through the pipes. But water has mass and inertia. If the valve shuts too quickly, you can experience what’s known as water hammer when the force of the water suddenly has nowhere to go and slams into the pipes. This can cause a loud bang and sometimes damage the washer or the plumbing.

A water hammer arrestor provides a cushion for this water to go. If you google it, you’ll find all sorts that you can buy but they’re just as easy to make by installing a T- fitting and a branch that leads straight up for maybe a foot and then dead ends. This will create an air pocket to cushion the fast moving water.

Eventually that air pocket in the arrestor will be absorbed and it will fill with water. So all you’ll have to do for maintenance is to drain the line, thereby reintroducing air into the arrestor. But you shouldn’t have to do this more than once every few years or so.

Overall, nice job!

vinny142 says:

It’s so relaxing to watch somebody else do the hard work :-)

CAVERN1234 says:

I always use PTFE tape on all compression joints. Fantastic job well done.

Dash Cam Das says:

Plumbing, like most DIY, is basically having the confidence to do it, and being able to work your way through the Screwfix Catalogue.

Mr M says:

Perfect timing. I have some adjustments to make to water pipes and didnt really know how these push fittings worked. Now i do. Thanks.

Nick Collins says:

You can join the plastic speedfit pipe into a compression fitting if you want as well. Just use the ordinary non superseal pipe insert and make sure the olive is a copper one and not brass as this is softer and will compress better and make a good seal

Solway17 Carlisle says:

I’m a DIY’er and tackled plumbing under the kitchen sink using JG speedfit. Had a massive leak on the hot water supply from the boiler to the tap and was told that I should have used copper pipe on that system as it is higher pressure – push fit was ok but use copper rather than plastic pipe. Wonder of any others seeing this have any views?

RemusKingOfRome5 says:

CUTE !! doggie !

No Limit says:

Good job .

Jim M says:

Nice video as always, thanks!

DEL - DEREK says:

See , its easy peasy when you stick to plastic , as I found out years ago .
You really are in control if you use plastic , compression joints are the ones that can’t be trusted long term I found .
Love your apprentice HANS , he’s SO sweet , but you already know that .
Another myth blown apart , about all plumbers have to look like Andy Capp with a fag hanging out the side of their mouth – you don’t smoke do you ?

BossmanEight says:

Interesting. Here in the US the hot water is always on the left side no matter what the fitting or appliance.

Genial Harry Grout says:

Speedfit make plumbers so last century :)

Martijn Fransen says:

nice work Vikki, best to use some more C-clips to support your plastic pipes. I normally do this every 25 cm.. this give a nice and ridgid fix and it will help to protect your fittings…

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