How to Replace Two-Handle Bathroom Faucets

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A two-handle bathroom faucet is normally used on a bathroom sink or vanity. Many faucets have a single handle to control the desired mixture of hot and cold water that flows from the faucet, but many prefer separate handles -- one on each side -- for hot and cold water. A two-handle bathroom faucet can be changed in about one hour with regular household tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Thread sealing tape (available at plumbing supply stores)
  • Locate the hot and cold water shut off valves underneath the sink basin. Shut each valve off by turning it in a clockwise direction.

  • Place a towel under the faucet to catch any spills, as the faucet and the flexible water supply lines may still contain a small amount of water in them. Loosen the nuts on the end of each water supply line where they attach to the underside of the faucet with an adjustable wrench. Pull the hoses down and away from the faucet.

  • Loosen the set screw on the pop-up drain valve bracket underneath the faucet with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the pop-up drain lift rod straight up and out of the top of the faucet. Skip this step if the faucet does not have a pop-up drain valve.

  • Locate the retaining nuts on the underside of the faucet that attach it to the sink or vanity. Loosen and remove the nuts with an adjustable wrench.

  • Lift the faucet straight up and off of the sink or vanity and place it aside. Lift the gasket up from the sink or vanity mounting surface and discard it.

  • Position a new gasket -- included with replacement faucets -- on the underside of the new faucet. Hold the gasket in position while lowering the faucet into the openings on the sink or vanity mounting surface. Thread the retaining nuts onto the mounting studs protruding through the underside of the sink or vanity and tighten them with an adjustable wrench.

  • Push the pop-up drain lift rod through the hole in the top of the faucet. Guide the end of the rod through the pop-up drain bracket on the underside of the faucet and tighten the set screw. Skip this step if the faucet does not have a pop-up drain valve.

  • Wrap thread sealing tape around the threads of the water supply line fittings on the underside of the faucet. Thread the water supply lines onto the fittings and tighten them with an adjustable wrench.

  • Turn the water shut-off valves back on and check for leaks. Tighten any fittings as necessary.

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