Installation Inspiration: How to Install a New Bathroom Faucet on Your Own

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When it comes time to switch out a home faucet, you might be surprised to hear how quick and painless this project can be. You might think that this is a job only for a professional, but remember—you are living in the do-it-yourself age! Yes, projects that involve plumbing involve risks and should be taken seriously, but there are minimal mistakes you can make when replacing the faucet. You aren’t going to hit any major water lines or mess up the plumbing in your home, even if you don’t know what you are doing. For those that are ready to give your bathroom a quick makeover, here is a step-by-step look at how to replace an old faucet and avoid some of the common mistakes.

Collecting Supplies

No one wants to turn off their waterline, remove an old faucet, and find out that some minor piece of hardware is missing from the package, so it is best to carry out these projects during store hours. For the average installation, those working on this project will need plumber’s tape, silicone or plumber’s putty, an adjustable pipe wrench, slip-joint pliers, the new faucet, and the installation hardware that will come included with the faucet.

Shutting Off the Water

The area around and under the faucet should be cleared away and the water must either be shutoff directly below the faucet or at the main waterline. Most modern faucets have a shutoff valve directly below the sink and behind the drain pipe leading to the basin. It should be turned to the off position and the faucet should be opened up to remove any excess water and prevent a pressure buildup.

Removing Hardware

The two primary options for removing the old faucet are either with a plumber’s wrench or with wing nuts just below the faucet or underneath any protecting housing. With wing nuts, the faucet can be loosened by hand, or with the pliers if needed, along with any secondary nuts on the other end of the bolt. If a plumber’s wrench is needed the faucet can be loosened under the tile or wood that it is attached to. The fixture can then be removed and there may be a small amount of water coming from the pipes or tubes running into the faucet.

Installing the New Faucet

The area should then be wiped down with a clean rag to remove any lingering debris and the new gasket can be laid directly behind the basin on the top of the sink. If no gasket was provided, a small bead of plumber’s caulking or putty is used to hold the new fixture in place. The new faucet will either be top-mounting or bottom-mounting with new wing nuts or a nut that must be tightened with the wrench to connect the faucet to the water pipes leading into the bathroom.

Final Tips

When tightening any new fixture, it is important to refrain from causing any cracks or lifting the caulking by over-tightening. After the new faucet has been left to sit for a short period of time, at least a few hours if caulking was used, the water can then be turned back on with the faucet in the open position. It is then important to inspect the area around the faucet a few times in the coming days to ensure that it was installed correctly and there are no leaks.

AUTHOR BIO: This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, women’s interests, and the home niches. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. Dixie got her advice for this article from a Hamilton plumber of the Plugged Piper Drain Service.

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