Kitchen tap lever

Project  / Project number: BK2017/23  /  Status:


The challenge

handle in position
Handle in position.
wooden mold Wooden mould
Handle and mold
Handle being formed on mould.handle
Finished handle
The client has arthritis and finds the hot tap of her kitchen mixer tap very difficult to turn, as it is very smooth. The ideal solution would be to replace the entire mixer with something having lever taps, or at least replace the knobs with levers.  Researching replacement levers revealed it was nigh impossible to find the correct one without numerous trial and error visits.

It was decided to make a clamp-on lever to the existing knob out of GRP. The knob was carefully measured and traced. A hardwood copy was turned to act as a mould. This was wrapped with Sellotape prior to laminating with GRP, to facilitate release of the cured resin.

A lever was cut from pre-formed GRP sheet and incorporated with the strap wrapped around the plug mould. The finished moulding was painted and an M5 bolt used for clamping.