How to Replace Sink Faucets


Basic plumbing skills are something every do-it-yourselfer should possess. One of the most common plumbing tasks a homeowner will need to undertake is the removal and replacement of a basic bathroom faucet. Whether it has developed a leak, or you just want a change in décor, replacing a faucet should not necessitate a call to the local plumber. With the right tools and a little know-how you can save some money and do the job well on your own.

Things You'll Need

  • Slip-joint pliers
  • Masking tape
  • Adjustable pipe wrench
  • Cut the water supply. Either use the shut off valve under the sink or locate the main water valve for the home and turn the water off. Then open the faucet, letting any remaining water drain out.

  • Remove the water supply line. Look under the sink and find the supply line, which is simply a pipe or tube connecting the water to the faucet. Use an adjustable pipe wrench and unscrew the nut holding the water line to the faucet. Label the hot and cold lines with some masking tape if they are not already marked.

  • Unscrew the nuts holding the faucet to the sink's structure with a pair of slip-joint pliers. Lift the old faucet up and out of the sink.

  • Put together the new faucet. This process will vary depending on the new faucet's manufacturer.

  • Attach the new faucet to the sink with the supplied nuts. Tighten with the pliers. Attach the water supply lines, paying attention to hot and cold lines.

  • Turn the water back on and test for leaks.

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