Looking to change your bathroom faucet yourself? this is a great place to start.
How to change a bathroom faucet
Changing your bathroom faucet is not only sometimes practical, but it can also add a nice feature to your bathroom.
To change your bathroom faucet you’re first going to need a few tools and some supplies. While changing a bathroom faucet is a relatively simple job you will still need to be a little handy when it comes to removing the old bathroom faucet and replacing it with the new one.
Tools & supplies required:
- Adjustable wrench
- New faucet
Now that we’ve got the tools sorted, let’s get into how exactly you’re supposed to change that bathroom faucet of yours.
Clear the area & shutting off the water supply
To begin with, you want to clear everything below the sink making room for your work area, you may also want to place a towel down below the pipes to protect against water damage and a bucket under the faucet to catch any drips.
Next, you want to turn off the water supply for the bathroom sink. This is usually located under the sink inside the vanity, turn this clockwise to shut off the water to the faucet. However, if this doesn’t do it you may have a different plumbing set up or two separate valves for both hot and cold water – if this is the case simply turn both of these off.
Finally, you want to remove any water that is currently in the faucet to release pressure, making your job a load easier. To do this, you want to turn the taps on until there is no water left with these being drained.
This process will also help protect your floors from leaks and water damage when replacing the faucet.
Supply tubes disconnection
Next, you’re going to want to disconnect the tubes which are connecting the existing faucet to the water supply. Using your wrench, you want to loosen the nuts which join the hoses together – once these become loose, you can remove the rest by hand.
As the majority of faucets are connected to the sink via locknuts, you want to use your wrench once again to loosen these, then disconnecting from the tailpieces.
The faucet should now be loose, remove this from the mounting hole and place to one side.
Once the faucet is removed, you’re going to want to clean the mounting holes around the sink and where the faucet was attached – ensure this dry’s properly before connecting your new faucet.
The new faucet
Once the existing faucet has been removed and the tubes cleaned and ready for the new faucet, we first need to determine what kind you have. There are a few kinds of common faucets, these include:
- Single-hole faucet – one hole in one simple piece with a single handle
- Centre faucet 4” – three holes with separate handles to control both hot and cold water
- Centre faucet 8” - three holes with separate handles to control both hot and cold water
- Wall mount faucet
Once you’ve decided which type of faucet you need, it’s time to make the purchase – making sure you get the right faucet is essential for the job.