How to Install New Bathroom Faucets

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If you prefer to save money, make your bathroom looking better, and be able to pride yourself in the fact that you made it yourself, then set out a home improvement project. Things can be a little scary but with the right tools and information, you’ll soon get on your way.  You will have the self-confidence to do it yourself and know that you’ve done a good job.

The first step to get started with your new faucet project is obtaining the info to do the job.  You ought to consult the web and/or educational books to make certain that you have all that you need to make this project happen.

When you have all your information collected and feel ready to take on your home improvement project, you need to take a look at all the different faucet companies for the best quality for the money you are amenable to spend.  You will want to buy a faucet that is durable, as well as, blending in with your existing bathroom accessories.

You now have the perfect faucet bought.  It’s sitting in its box waiting for its new place on your bathroom vanity.  You need to be sure that you have the right tools in hand.  This would include:

Bathroom caulk and caulk gun

New flexible faucet supply tubes

A basin cock wrench or pipe wrench

Philips-head screwdriver

Flat-head screwdriver

Slip-joint and adjustable pliers

Adjustable wrench

 Thread sealer

The following step in this action would be to take out the old faucet. To do this, you’ll need to close off your water supply either below the sink or at the primary water-supply valve.  The hot and cold water supply tubes needs to be loosened.  At the faucet stem, loosen and take out the compression nut with a basin cock wrench or pipe wrench. To remove the faucet now, all that you have to do is remove the nut holding up the faucet to the sink.  The faucet should lift away.

Chrome-plated brass hardware could start to disintegrate after time so you may want to change that as well.  A bucket must be placed below the drain to hold excess water still in the drain.  A new stopper may go with your new faucet. If this is the case, you may wish to change that also. This will afford you a uniform look on your new design.

You’ll need to wrap up your faucet stems with a thread sealer.  Prior to inserting the faucet stems into the right holes, install the rubber gasket to the base of the faucet.  No need to worry if your faucet didn’t go with a rubber gasket.  A bead of caulk should do the trick.  When you have the faucet in place, you can now thread the washer, nut, and mounting nut onto the faucet tailpiece.  Tighten up these nuts by hand. 

You can now attach your water supply tubes to the faucet stems.  Be sure that you put on thread sealer to the shut off valve threads. Tighten up the coupling nuts to the supply stems but be careful not to over-tighten the nuts.  Now, reconnect the hot and cold water supply stems.

You’re now ready to cleanse the supply tubes to your new faucet. Remove the aerator from the faucet an turn on the water. Check for leaks while the water is running.  If there are none, close off the water and put back the aerator.

You can now sit back and enjoy your new bathroom faucet. Take pride in the fact that you just installed it yourself.

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