How to Replace Your Bathroom Faucet

How to Replace Your Bathroom Faucet
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    Drip. Drip. Drip.

    Your bathroom's faucet has started to leak.

    If you're lucky, all you need to do is replace a seat washer and you are good to go.

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Then again, perhaps it is time to give your bathroom a design boost, something that you can achieve by replacing the bathroom faucet with a new one. It’s a simple job and one that you should be able to complete in about an hour once you have a new faucet ready to install.

Tools needed: silicone caulk, an adjustable wrench, rags, a bucket, a basin wrench, teflon tape, a putty knife.

Choose Your Faucet Type

The easiest choice for a new faucet is to replace the current one with a new one that is of the same size and style. Simply turn off the water supply and disconnect your current faucet from its source. Take that faucet with you to the hardware store and compare it with like faucets. Buy one based on the current design.

You might also consider a new style or a different type of faucet. If you currently have a center set faucet, measure the faucet openings to determine what size faucet to buy. Those faucet openings vary and should be measured before you start shopping for a new one. Or, you might consider a widespread faucet for a design change. You need to know that such faucets do not fit every sink, while other designs can fit most any hole opening. Choose the finish that suits you: chrome, brass, porcelain, or satin nickel. Ask an in-store specialist for guidance too.

Disconnect the Current Faucet

If you did not already remove the current faucet you can do so by first shutting off the water supply valves, what are typically found beneath the sink. Next, turn the sink handles “on” to clear the lines. Then, disconnect the drain plug linkage before disconnecting the hot and cold water supply lines with your adjustable wrench.

Underneath the sink you will find plastic nuts holding the faucet assembly in place. Remove these nuts with a basin wrench. Once disconnected, lift the old faucet out from the holes in the sink. Remove any remaining sealant by scraping with a putty knife. Wipe that area dry with a rag.

Installing Your New Faucet

Apply silicone caulk where the faucet will be seated. Connect the gasket that comes with the new faucet over the tail pieces, setting the faucet in place. Thread on the basin nuts working from side to side until both are nearly tight. Center the faucet from above by hand and then finish tightening the basin nuts.

Bring out your basin wrench and tighten the nuts. Apply teflon tape to the hot and cold water line thread tail pieces. Connect the hot and cold water supply lines and tighten with your adjustable wrench. Lastly, reconnect the drain plug linkage system.

Check Your Work

Once done, turn the water supply valves on and then turn on the sink. Look around the faucet and underneath for leaks. If you find a leak, carefully go over your steps to ensure that the job has been done correctly. Fix accordingly and your bathroom sink should work as planned, a home renovation project that is easy to accomplish.

See AlsoFinishing Touches to Make Your Bathroom Stand Out

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".