How to Replace a Bathroom Faucet

You do not need a super hero to get rid of old corroded and worn out bathroom faucets. This superhero exists within yourself and can install a new faucet in a matter of no time. However, just like any super hero who needs his armor and weapons, you need the right tools to work and of course a new bathroom faucet to install.  Let us be your partner in saving the world of your bathroom with our step by step guide below which helps you in scheming the whole mission. Let the show begin!

Things required:

– New faucet
– Replacement supply lines with fittings (usually included)
– Plumbers’ putty (unless gasket is included with new faucet)
– Basin wrench
– Adjustable end wrench
– Rag towels
– Paint scraper for removing old putty and other buildup


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    Remove old faucet:

    The first part of the mission of course is to remove the evil which is the old faucet over here. You first have to turn off the water supply to the faucet. Turn off the stop valves installed under the sink or simply turn off the main water supply to the bathroom altogether while you are working. Open up the tap to drain out any water in the pipes. You can safely work now.

    Now use your wrench to loosen the hot and cold water supply pipes at the valve. Also loosen the compression nut that is located at the faucet stem. After you remove the nut holding of the faucet to the sink, lift it up and place it away. Clear up the area.

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    Set faucet in place:

    Check if your new faucet has a gasket attached to it. This gasket prevents water from getting under it. If it has a gasket, install it at the base of the faucet and then insert the faucet stems into the appropriate holes.

    You can still do without a gasket. Stick a bead of putty around the base of the faucet before installing it.

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    Secure faucet:

    Now that the faucet is in place, secure the mounting nuts by turning them around with the wrench. Connect back all the supply tubes including the water and drain ones back to the new faucet and secure them with the wrench. It is better if you apply a bead of putty to the drain flange before re-connecting it. Open up the water supply and check for any leaks.

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