How to Install Bathroom Faucets

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Installing a new bathroom faucet requires little more than a wrench and some elbow grease. Follow these instructions to help give your bathroom sink an attractive overhaul.

Things You'll Need

  • Bathroom faucet kit
  • Plumber's wrench
  • Plumbing putty
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Supply tubes (optional as your old ones may be fine)

How to Remove Your Old Faucet

  • Make sure your sink has the appropriate number of holes. If you are using a one-piece kit, make sure that the holes are in the right places.

  • Turn off the shut-off valves underneath the sink.

  • Remove the supply tubes. You will probably need a wrench to turn the nuts. Drain the water in the tubes into a bucket.

  • Remove the washers and nuts from the faucet, and take out the faucet.

  • Clean the holes thoroughly.

  • Be sure to read your faucet's instructions to see if there are any pre-assembly steps.

Installing a New Faucet

  • Be sure to read your faucet's instructions to see if there are any pre-installation assembly steps.

  • Insert the plastic gasket in between the sink and face plate. If your kit did not come with a gasket, create a seal with plumber's putty.

  • Apply a washer and nut underneath each supply tube.

  • Attach the supply tubes to the shut-off valves.

  • Install the pop-up mechanism according to the instructions in your kit. There are so many different types that it is important to read your instructions carefully.

  • Insert the lift rod and attach it to the pop-up mechanism.

  • Turn on the water, and check for any leaks. If you find a leak, remove the part and create a seal around that area with plumber's putty.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check your water tubes for leaks after installing. Even if there were no leaks before installation, handling older tubes can often cause cracks to appear.

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