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Replacing a Bathroom Faucet Instructions

  • Introduction

    When replacing an old faucet there are generally three things to consider: how many holes your sink has, how far apart they are, and whether or not you will need to replace the drain. You will need to purchase a faucet that matches your particular hole pattern. If you do replace the drain, consider buying a new trap and tailpiece as well. It is much easier to work with new pipes than old and the cost is not prohibitive.

  • Overview

    To begin your project, you must first turn off the water to the existing faucet at the shutoff valves. Then remove the hot and cold supply tubes to the faucet. Also, if you are replacing the drain, unscrew the nut holding the rubber gasket against the sink. To remove the faucet, use your basin wrench to unscrew the nuts under the faucet. Then assemble the drain, if it does not already come assembled. The next step would be to install the new faucet that you desire on your sink.

  • Water Supply

    Turn off the water to the existing faucet at the shutoff valves. Then, relieve pressure in the faucet by turning the hot and cold valves on. Remove the hot and cold supply tubes to the faucet. If you are replacing the drain with the new faucet, also remove the P-trap, and the linkage to the pop-up drain.

  • Replacing the Drain

    If you are replacing the drain, unscrew the nut holding the rubber gasket against the sink. Next, try to unscrew the drain flange from the T-connector. If this does not work (as it often does not) take a reciprocating saw (with a metal cutting blade) and cut the drain assembly in half just above the nut.

  • Removing the Faucet

    To remove the faucet, use your basin wrench to unscrew the nuts under the faucet. If necessary, use penetrating oil to get the nuts to turn and make sure you are unscrewing them the right way as it is easy to get disoriented under the sink. When the faucet is out scrape away any old plumbers putty or caulk with a putty knife.

  • Installing New Faucet

    Some new faucets come with gaskets that seal between them and the sink while others require that you apply plumbers putty to make the seal. If yours is the latter, apply a generous amount of putty under the faucet so that it squeezes out as you put the faucet in place. Next, tighten the nuts under the faucet until the faucet is secure while also making sure that it is properly aligned.

  • Connecting Hookups

    Wrap all the inlet fittings with Teflon Tape to ensure a tight seal before connecting hookups. Wrap the tape in the same direction as you will attach the fittings.

    To install the hookups, first attach them to the faucet with the help of the basin wrench and then to the shutoff valves using an adjustable wrench. Be careful not to twist them as you install them as this can restrict the water supply to the faucet and cause premature failure.

  • Assembling New Drain

    Assemble the new drain (if it does not come already assembled) by first applying pipe joint compound on the tailpiece and then screwing it into the T-connector. When finished, screw the nut all the way down on the T-connector followed by the plastic washer and rubber gasket. It is important that there be a washer between the nut and rubber gasket.

  • Securing the Drain Flange

    Put a heavy bead of plumbers putty around the drain flange and press it into the drain hole. Next, coat the threads on the drain body with pipe joint compound and from under the sink screw the drain body into the drain flange. Once the flange and body are together, tighten the nut on the body till the gasket is pressed tightly against the underside of the sink. Make sure that when tight, the branch on the T-connector is facing towards the back of the sink.

  • Installing Pop-up Linkage

    To install the pop-up linkage, first place the pop-up in the drain hole making sure that the slot in the bottom of the pop-up is facing the back of the sink. Next, install the pivot rod in T-connector so that the rod finds the slot in the pop-up. Once lined up install the rods retaining nut snug so that the rod can still move but has no play.

  • Attaching Lift Rod

    Insert the lift rod into the faucet and from below attach the clevis to the rod. With the lift rod down and the pop-up in the open position, insert the pivot rod into the nearest hole on the clevis while also having the rod pass through the spring clip. If all is aligned correctly the pop up should close when the lift rod is pulled up and open when it is put down again. If not, make adjustments via the clevis screw.

  • Finishing Touches

    Finally, unscrew the aerator from the spout, open the water shutoffs and turn the faucet on for several minutes. Check for leaks and then reinstall the aerator. Now your project is complete!

 

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