Bathrooms are an important part of your home. When you are faced with a leaky faucet or need to install a new one, it’s time to find the right tools and start your project. Many people, however, still call professionals or plumbers to remove and install new faucets onto their vanity. The truth is installing a new faucet is not hard at all. It is one of the tasks that anyone can perform efficiently.
There are proper guidelines and steps for installing a bathroom faucet, which will help you prevent any splashing and spraying of water from installing faucets in your bathroom quickly.
This guide will show you how to install new faucets in your bathroom. Let’s start with the tools.
Tools needed to replace a bathroom faucet:
There are many varieties and different types of faucets available in the market. For example, a three-piece bathroom faucet, a single-handle bathroom faucet, wall-mounted faucet. The tools needed to replace any of the types of faucets are almost the same.
1. Basin wrench or adjustable wrench: to remove the nuts and washers.
2. Pliers: to hold the nuts while you use your basin wrench.
3. Screwdrivers: a 1/4-inch driver and a flathead screwdriver to remove the handle from the old faucet and install the handle onto the new faucet.
4. Measuring tape: to measure the distance between the hole of the faucet and the hole in the basin.
5. Bathroom cleaner: to clean the sink and tub where you will install the new faucet and remove any water stains.
6. Bathtub stopper: needed to test the water pressure first before removing the old faucet from the sink or tub.
7. Sponge: to clean the old faucet and the sink or tub where you are going to install it.
8. New faucet: purchase one before installation.
Removing Old Faucet:
Follow the steps below to have your faucet removed quickly.
Firstly shut off the water supply:
Look at the shutoff valve under the sink. Turn off the water supply knobs by rotating them clockwise . Shut off the water supply from the cold supply line and the hot supply line. If you have any corrosion, you might need any lubricating oil.
When the water is off, turn the faucet to relieve any pressure in the water supply lines.
With the help of an adjustable wrench, disconnect all hot and cold water supply pipes. If the supply lines are worn or damaged, you need to purchase new ones.
After disconnecting the supply lines, unscrew the mounting nuts under the sink, where the faucet meets the counter. You may need a basin wrench, or you can unscrew the mounting nuts with your hands.
Finally, disconnect the lift rod for the drain plug. Remove the faucet from your vanity.
Clean the sink and faucet surface:
You can take any household cleaner and a sponge or scrubber to clean and remove all the dirt from the surface. Take a towel or a piece of cloth to dry the sink’s surface and remove cleaner or water from it.
Measuring the faucet size:
If you had a three-hole faucet, take your measuring tape and measure the distance between the faucets. After taking your measurements, you can decide which style or color faucet you want to have.
Take your new faucet out from the box and place it firmly on the faucet holes.
If your faucet has a rubber gasket, put the rubber gasket before the tap to place it firmly. If it does not comes with a gasket, place it firmly with silicone or caulk. If your new faucet set is spilled, connect the spout and the valves. Tighten them perfectly.
After putting the faucet in its place, secure the faucet by tightening the mounting nuts under the sink. Use a basin wrench for tightening the mounting nuts. Reconnect the water supply and lift the rod to the faucet below the sink.
Turn on the water to check for any leaks. If you find any leaks, turn off the water supply and tighten the connections again.
Installing Pop up Drain Piece :
Most of the faucet sets have popped up drain piece with them, so to install the new drain piece and remove the older one, follow the guidelines below:
– Shut down both water supplies by turning their knobs.
– Remove the drain pipe carefully. Place a bucket or a bowl before removing the drainpipe so that the water in the drainpipe is collected in a bucket.
– After removing the drainpipe, remove the pop drain by loosening the mounting nut and washer under the sink with a wrench’s help.
Remove the drain piece from the sink and clean the sinkhole with a cleaner.
– Take out your new pop-up drain system. Place the pop-up drain from the sinkhole and secure it with a washer and nut.
– Connect the pop-up drain and its tailpiece with its gasket and washer.
– Connect the tailpiece and drain pipe together and secure them tightly.
– Turn on the water supply and run some water and check for any leakage. If water is leaking, tighten the nuts again, then enjoy your new sink vanity.
The process of replacing a faucet body can turn into a messy setup and a very frustrating job. The good thing is that it can be done by yourself within 10 minutes, without the help of a professional plumber, as there are many DIY steps involved in replacing the faucets.
A standard bathroom faucet requires no more than 5 minutes to take down and install if you know what you’re doing. The best part is that replacing the faucets will not cost much money.
Q: Can you install a one-hole faucet in place of a three-hole faucet?
Answer: Theoretically, you can replace the three-hole faucet by installing a hole faucet. But only experts recommend this change as it makes the process of replacing the faucets more difficult. And if you are not confident about getting it done yourself, get an expert’s help to replace the faucets.
Q: Can you install a pop-up drain on a faucet?
Answer: Yes, you can install a pop-up drain on the faucet. But this requires a professional plumber’s help as it is a complicated process to put on the faucet and remove it.
Q: How much does it cost to replace the faucets?
Answer: It depends upon the number of holes you have in your sink or tub. The very best thing is that you need not hire professional plumbers, as it is a DIY task and can be done by anyone.
Q: How long does it take to remove a faucet set?
Answer: It depends upon the model and its types. Generally, replacing the faucets takes 10 minutes. But if you have dismantled a series of faucets over the years, this could take more than an hour or two.
Q: How is a faucet mounted?
Answer: A faucet is installed directly on the sinkhole. The valve is attached to the mounting nut of the sinkhole. The hot and cold water lines are connected to them as well.