If you want to replace your broken or old faucet, installing one is a relatively cheap and easy. It is one project that can be done via the DIY route, it takes only a few hours to do and it does not cost much.
Before you start, make sure you have chosen the right type of faucet. There are a few different kinds. You will want to replace the old faucet with a similar kind in order to prevent problems after installation. If you’re unsure what kind you need, take a picture to bring with you to the store or have a professional take a look.
Once you have the right faucet, it’s time to get to work:
- Turn off the water supply. There should be shutoff valves for the hot and cold water right underneath the sink.
- Unscrew the drain collar from the drain rim. Making sure everything is clean, then place the house in the center of the middle hole. Screw it in place with the mounting nut. Tighten it up with a basin wrench, but do not over You don’t want to crack the porcelain.
- To install the hot and cold valves, loosening the mounting nut on one and removing it. Replace it with the corresponding new valve. Repeat on the other side.
- Screw the braided lines to the valves, as well as to the spout. Tighten with a wrench, but don’t over tighten.
- Secure the faucet handles onto the valves that you installed in step #3. Make sure the each handles are on the correct valve.
- Fit the supply line. If you are using rigid supply lines rather than braided ones, you may have to do some cutting.
- Assemble, connect the pop-up drain assembly. You may have to test then adjust it a few times in order to get the right fit when open and closed. Secure the rods in place.
- Turn the water back on and check for leaks. Turn on the faucet for a bit to flush out the system before using.
Your sparkling new faucet is installed! And if you run into any problems, give Andrews Plumbing and Repair a shout at (702) 301-0707