Problems With Faucet Replacement

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After replacing a faucet, you may find that there are problems such as sizing or leaking that you need to fix. Ensure your faucet works perfectly with help from a professionally licensed contractor in this free video.

Part of the Video Series: Plumbing Advice: Bathroom & Kitchen
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Hi, my name is Chris Wade, and I'm a contractor in the City of Los Angeles. Today, I'm going to talk to you about problems that can occur when changing a sink faucet. Some of the problems that you could face when replacing a faucet, and it can be any kind of a faucet, a kitchen sink faucet, a bathroom faucet or shower faucets, but before you go out and buy a new faucet, you have to consider a couple things. Will it fit your sink if you're not going to replace the sink? Typically, a faucet in a kitchen is going to have what's called an eight inch spread meaning underneath this beauty or this discussion plate is going to be two holes and then one in the center and you want to make sure that it fits an eight inch spread. Now in a bathroom, that spread is going to typically be a four inch spread. In a shower, when you choose a shower fixture, you might want to consider the fact that you have a single handle control or if you have a double handle control because if you choose one that doesn't adapt to what your existing conditions are you're going to run into those type of problems. Other problems you may run into is underneath the sink when you go to shut the water off, your angle stops may be corroded and they will not shut off all the way and when you undo your water supply lines, you'll still get water drippage out and then you're going to have leaks under there until you address that problem. Other problems you can run into like for instance in a bathroom, you find that you have a four inch spread and the faucet that you bought has a six inch spread, these are things that you need to consider before you run out and purchase something. You have to look at your existing conditions and make sure you get what is adaptable to what you're going to buy unless you want to replace sinks and then that starts opening up a domino effect. So make, like I said, make sure you do some research on what you're going to buy. Make sure it's adaptable to what you have and that will eliminate a lot of the problems when you go to install your new faucet.

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