How to Change a Laundry Sink Faucet

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Because most laundry (or utility) sinks are sturdy constructions of concrete or metal, they typically (and fortunately) don't require replacement that often. The same cannot be said, however, of the attached faucet. Perhaps your faucet has become worn over the years, or is of insufficient size; whatever your reason, changing your laundry sink faucet is a much simpler operation than replacing the entire sink.

Things You'll Need

  • Replacement faucet Wrench Teflon (plumber's) tape
  • Locate the water shutoff valve for the hot and cold taps for your laundry sink; turn the valves to the "off" position.

  • Locate the connecting point between the water lines and your faucet. With your wrench, loosen and unscrew the nuts holding the faucet in place.

  • Lift the faucet away from the laundry sink and set aside.

  • Replace the old faucet with the new by reversing the above. Insert the faucet into the sink, wrap any threads with Teflon (plumber's) tape, and tighten the nuts to secure the faucet into place. Turn your water valves to restore water flow to the sink.

  • Allow the water to run for several minutes, and check for any leaks between the new faucet and the water pipes. If leaks are present, tighten the connecting nuts; failing this, re-install and use a more liberal amount of Teflon tape on any connecting threads.

Tips & Warnings

  • Examine your sink prior to purchasing your faucet; all faucets are not compatible with all sinks. Be sure that you have turned off water flow to the sink prior to beginning your repair work. Take care to use adequate plumber's tape during your installation, as failure to do so will result in leaks.

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