How to Replace a Faucet.
It was time to replace that old bathroom faucet. It was an old single lever push, pull type and was difficult to turn on and off, especially for our youngest grandson.
Replacing a bathroom faucet is not that difficult, but sometimes Murphy’s Law takes over, and what can go wrong, will go wrong. My shut off valves were frozen so I could not turn off the water under the sink.
I ended up replacing the shut off valves, and I installed new supply lines. I’m by no means an expert and I’m not a plumber by trade. I can tell you how to this because I’ve done it many times before and this is what I’ve learned.
The first thing you need to do is to turn off the water supply. Most bathroom sinks have shut off valves under the sink, if not you will have to turn off the main water supply.
Once you’re sure the water is off, remove the hot and cold supply lines using an adjustable wrench.
Now remove the retaining nuts that are holding the old faucet, a basin wrench is the handiest tool for this task.
After removing the old faucet, clean any residue left behind with a tub and tile cleaner and paper towels. If you have to use a putty knife, use a plastic one.
Your new faucet will have a built in gasket, but you’ll still need a bead of caulk or plumber’s putty around each hole. This is needed to make a good seal.
Place the new faucet and fasten the retaining nuts to hold it in place. It’s always a good idea to have somebody hold the new faucet in place until you get the nuts snug. Be careful not to over tighten, you can use the basin wrench but I like to just hand tighten.
Now fasten the hot and cold water supply line to the new faucet, again hand tightening is good enough
Turn on the water supply and check for leaks, let the water run for about 20 seconds to bleed out any air that may have built up in the lines.
If you need to replace the supply lines you will need to wrap some Teflon tape around the threads of the shut off valves
This basin wrench will be your best friend when replacing a faucet.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR. SAM MONACO