Whether you're replacing an old leaky faucet or remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, learning how to install a new faucet can save you money. You can begin learning the basics by following steps given below, if you don't want to hire a professional plumber or if you want to learn new skills.
Collect the appropriate supplies.
It does not require specialized plumbing equipment; simply some common items that you probably already own. Make sure you keep a small bucket and a plastic drop cloth near your cabinet's bottom in case of a leak or spill. Make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions after purchasing a faucet. It is best to use a basin wrench, although standard wrenches or pliers will also work. Additionally, you'll need some plumber's tape and clear silicon caulk or putty.
Shut off the water.
The shut-off valves are situated below the sink. They are typically oval in shape and are located below the supply line for the tap. To stop the water, turn them in a clockwise direction (very carefully). A valve may need to be replaced if it appears to be very tight.
- Examine the supply lines for leaks or evident wear. When replacing the faucet, you might wish to replace these as well.
- Most brand-new faucets arrive completely constructed, and some even have intake hoses attached. To be sure, confirm with the hardware store employee.
Cut the lines.
Use a normal wrench to cut the supply cables. There ought to be two: one for the hot water and one for the cold.
Take the nuts off.
Next, take the mounting nuts out of the old faucet's base. These are typically found beneath the sink and directly beneath where the counter and faucet meet. There should be one to three nuts, and they usually resemble a target or a clock rather than a typical nut.
This task will be made considerably simpler with a basin wrench.
Clean the area.
Any old caulk or putty surrounding the sink's holes should be removed. Using a putty knife makes this task the easiest. Thoroughly clean the area, then wipe it dry.
Get ready for the new faucet.
Put thread seal tape across the faucet's threads where they meet the pipes. Apply silicone sealant to the sink holes and the area where the new deck plate will go.
Install the faucet.
Through the sink holes, push the faucet down. Utilize the wall or the sink's back to help you align the faucet and maintain it straight.
Wipe away any remaining silicone residue after finishing this. Ensure that the basin cabinet's interior is dry.
Lock it in place.
The thicker side should be up as you manually tighten the mounting bolts. Leaks can be stopped with pliers if necessary, but don't tighten them too much.
Since the location and quantity of these nuts differ depending on the model of faucet, it may be useful to adhere to the manufacturer's instructions in detail for your new faucet.
Reattach the supply lines with the adjustable wrench.
A plumber's tape can also be useful here. You'll need to connect the faucet to the correct temperature according to the label on the lines
Analyze your connections.
Check for leaks while carefully turning on the water. Turn the valves off and tighten a little if you notice any water dripping. Repetition is advised.
Now, go install your faucet as a professional plumber by following the steps listed above. For more articles on faucets make sure you visit our blog.