How To Change A Bathroom Faucet, is an article that will walk the average homeowner through the process of removing the existing unit and installing a brand new faucet in any bathroom sink. A simple job when you have a little insight and the right tools.
Whatever type of bathroom sink you have, the job is reletively the same. You will most likely need a Basin Wrench to remove the fastening nuts and supply tubes from under the sink. This tool can be purchased in a local hardware store or online. The job can be accomplished with regular plumbers channel locks but will be much more difficult.
Starting by shutting off the water, this is done by turning off the two valves under the sink. Righty tighty in this case and snug them good to avoid seepage. Next open the faucet handles to assure the valves are holding. Once the water is off we can begin to remove the exsting unit.
Using the basin wrench, we must first remove the nuts that connect the two water supply tubes to the faucet stems. Then we can remove the nuts that hold the faucet to the sink. The same wrench will be used for this task. Then the faucet can be slipped out of the holes. Clean the area around the holes in preperation for the new unit.
Using a nice round bead of plumbers putty beneath the base of the faucet is reccommended even if a gasket is included with your faucet. Use the putty in addition to the gasket. This will give you a better water tight seal between the faucet base and the sink top. Preventing water from leaving the sink at all costs is the objective we're after.
Push the puttied faucet down through the holes in the sink and start the retainer nuts undrneath. Ust the basin wrench to tighten up your faucet. Next tighten the nuts for the supply tubes back to the new faucet. These tubes and nuts are all standard threads for the most part and your supply nuts should easily fit the new faucet stems.
Once the new faucet is all hooked up you can turn the water back on and test out your job. If nothing leaks then you have a successful installation.
The only other part of this job will include the drain assembly with soime faucets. Changing this assembly is also an easy task. Fiest we must remove the drain nut that is below the center of the bowl. This fitting is a compression fitting most of the time and once it is loosened the pipe will slide out of the joint. Next remove the retainer nut that is up against the bottomm of the bowl. This holds the whole assembly in place. Once this nut has been removed the entire drain assembly should be able to be removed up through the hole.
Using a bead of plumbers putty thick enough to seal between the sink and the flange of the drain. Push your new drain down into the sink. Start the new retainer nut underneath the bowl and also the compression nut that affixes the assembly to the house drain.
Some sinks will have a popup assembly in the back of the drain. A rod usually connects to this popup and is usable from above the countertop. This rod opens and closes your popup. Most faucets differ in design for this assembly. They will have a rod that inserts into a tee in the back of the drain and some sort of connecting apperatus to the rod that comes up out odf the faucet. Check the installation manual that comes with your new faucet like I said they're all a little different.
Once it's all together make sure to run the sink for a buit and recheck everything for leaks. If your job is all high and dry at this point then you have accomplished your mission. Now you can get off to that next task from the never ending list that is a homwowners life story.
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