The Basics on Replacing a Bathroom Sink Faucet

 

Every now and then, you may need or want to replace your bathroom sink faucet. Since this is such a rare event, it’s easy to feel intimidated by the prospect of it.
How does one go about doing this? Where should you start? Rest assured, it’s not that complicated. In fact, it is quite straight forward. Follow the steps below to replace your bathroom sink faucet.

First, you must gather all the tools and materials needed to complete the job. You’ll need an adjustable wrench, or a set of wrenches. You will use these to disassemble and reassemble your faucet fixtures.

Get some cleaning supplies so that you can clean up any dirt, grime, and mildew that may have accumulated under your old sink faucet. You will also need some caulking and teflon tape to seal things up after you install your new faucet.

Lastly, you’ll of course need your new faucet fixture. The easiest way to go about it is to get a fixture that fits the existing counter holes. Otherwise, you’ll have to drill new holes or get a new counter top that will fit the new fixture.

Before you get started, turn the water off. You can cut off the supply to your bathroom sink, but the safer route to go is to turn off the main line. Next, turn the faucet on to rid of any excess water in the lines.

Now, get under the sink and remove the nuts which connect the water supply lines to the faucet fixture. Next, you’ll have to remove the retaining nuts which hold the faucet fixture to the counter. They can be pretty hard to get to, so consider getting a basin wrench if you don’t have one already.

Once you get the retaining nuts off, pull the faucet fixture out from the top. Clean the area with a bleach and powdered laundry detergent solution. Dry off the area completely so that mildew or mold doesn’t accumulate under the new faucet. We highly recommend that you use a hair dryer.

Once the area is dry, drop the new fixture in. Screw in the retaining nuts. Go back to the top and clean up the excess sealant that was squeezed out by the pressure.

Next, go back down under the sink and wrap the faucet connections with plumber’s tape. You don’t need a whole lot, just enough to go twice around the bottom edge. Make sure that you wrap it clockwise.

Next, reconnect the water supply lines. Make sure that everything is tight and secure, and turn the water back on. Let the water run to check for leaks. If there aren’t any, you have successfully replaced your bathroom sink faucet. All that is left is to line the base of your new faucet with caulking and let it dry for 30 minutes. Give yourself a pat on the back.

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