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Tips On How to Change a Faucet

In today’s article, we discuss the process of replacing a faucet.  This is a common activity and should require a few hours.  It doesn’t require much more than a few simple tools and diligence.

First, before we start the work, we need to do a few things.  Shut the water flow to the sink, and ensure it is secure.  Close the sink drain itself, and cover it with a rag to catch bits from going down.   Tape the jaws of your wrench so you don’t imprint or scuff your shiny pieces and fittinngs while securing them in place.  When cleaning your bits of faucet, use distilled vinegar (I prefer white) and a scouring pad to keep your bits in pristine shape.

We Begin

Test your faucet, just make sure there’s no water in it.  Once you do this, disconnect your supply lines.  If you can’t reach it, use a basin wrench.  Disconnect your lift rod and remove the nuts from under the faucet.

turning off main water source

Get on Your Knees

Under the sink, unscrew the nut on the P-Trap.  Place a bucket underneath it to collect any spillwater.  Start working on the drain flange, it should be easy to remove.

When you get unfettered access to the old drain and faucet holes, use that scouring pad on this.  Just be gentle and persistent, unless you installed the sink in the first place, you don’t know how long this has been here.  Finally, use mineral spirits on the gunk that is resistant.

Back on Your Feet

Get your new pieces ready to install, and by this, set them separately aside and unfold the manufacturer’s instructions (or view them on the web on your phone).  You might also want to get a few paper towels or a towel ready.

Most faucets initially require placement for the gasket at the bottom of the sink.  Some putty or or sealant may be required for this.

Place the faucet through the mounting holes, then tighten the fittings.  If it’s not a wholly assembled piece, you may need to attach the handles.  Make sure your set screws are tightened before you place them.

Working the Drain

Screw the nut all the way down on the drain body.  Ease the gasket over the nut.  Some gaskets are set in place, just thread it to completion.

Put some putty or silicone under the flange.  Test fit the drain body under the sink.  What you’re looking for is the pivot hole facing the back.  Once you are sure, secure the flange in from the top.

Underneath the sink, tighten the nut and the gasket.  While you’re down there, do a little checking.  If you see some silicone that is excess, wipe it away.

From the top, place the silicone for likewise excess and wipe away.

underneath sink

Almost Finished

Install the drain rod.  Unscrew the pivot nut on the drain body, should be a horizontal rod that goes through the stopper.  Replace the nut.  Push the rod down, and affix the lifting rod to the strap with the screw.

Test out the rod.

As you smile, you should attach the supply lines back to the faucet.  You should be ready to go and reopen the water supply from where you secured it before.  Attach an aerator and flush the faucet.  You will probably have a little debris come out, be ready.  The aerator usually comes with new vanities and fittings, so it would be a good idea to keep one in the bathroom.

Checking For Leaks

Check your connections for leaks.  The dramatic ones are going to be visible already.  Open your hot and your cold water.  Keep them going for a minute.  Once you have tightened everything, or you’re complacent and don’t mind a leak or dozens of leaks, you are complete and finished.

faucet nut