Home Repair Bathroom Faucet
One bathroom home improvement project you can accomplish with a minimum of plumbing skills is to replace your current sink fixtures. Replacing old, pitted, or just outdated fixtures is a quick and easy way to give your bathroom a new look.
A new faucet is not very expensive and can usually be replaced in under an hour. Before purchasing a replacement, make sure to measure your existing faucet to make sure you purchase a replacement fixture that will fit. Your plumbing/hardware supply store should be able to help you find an appropriate replacement.
Disconnect the supply lines - Before you can replace the old fixture, you must first shut off the water supply and disconnect and remove the existing one. If you have not done this before please reference the Simple Home Repairs - Home Repair Bathroom Pipepage listing the step by step process for disconnecting and replacing your sink water supply lines.
- Tip: While not required, you may want to disconnect the sink drain at this time also to give you more room to work. If you need assistance in doing this Click Here to learn how to remove and/or replace the drain pipes.
Remove the old faucet - While many fixtures these days are fastened by a plastic nut that requires no special tools, the cramped working space makes a basin wrench invaluable. For most common fixtures, there will be a nut under each faucet that holds the fixture to the sink. For vanities with individual faucets and spout, there will also be a nut fastening the spout to the sink. Once you get them started with a basin wrench, the nuts can usually be removed quickly by hand.
- Tip: Don't bother trying to use a standard wrench - most of the time trying to use anything but a basin wrench will likely result in a set of skinned knuckles. If you don't have a basin wrench for this project, buy, borrow, or rent one.
Check the new faucet - Before installing the new fixture check to make sure that the supply line connectors are the correct type for your new faucet and that your faucet fits correctly into your sink.
Install the new faucet - To install the new fixture simply position it in the appropriate holes in the sink and fasten it with the supplied nuts. If you cannot get the nuts tight enough by hand, use a basin wrench.
With the new faucet in place, make sure that it is seated snugly and correctly before reconnecting the supply lines.
Reconnect the lines - Re-connect the supply lines (and drain if you disconnected it). Make sure that you have also re-connected the pop-up stopper if your sink has one. Turn on your water and check to make sure you have no leaks in your supply lines. Once you have verified this, turn on your faucet (with the stopper closed) and allow the water to run. Check to make sure both the hot and cold water faucets are working correctly. Finally, open the drain and make sure there are no leaks in the drain pipes below the sink.