Now that you have learned how to uninstall the faucet in your bathroom or bedroom, in-bath plumbing 201 it’s time to replace it with the new one! This article will guide you through the installation of a single-body faucet.
Materials You Will Need:
- Basin Wrench
- Heat-proof grease
- Plumber’s Putty
Bath Plumbing Instructions:
- Ensure that you have a clean, uncluttered working area. Cover the area with towels in case of a leak or an over-tightened nut.
- Remove the foam/plastic gasket. Your faucet will have a ring around the bottom – remove it and replace it with some plumber’s putty. This will ensure that your sink will never leak from the bottom! However, you can skip this step if you are sure that the gasket is waterproof.
- Lower the faucet onto the counter. Don’t worry about it being 100% in place, right now you will be focusing on inserting the tailpieces. To do this, push them through the holes in the sink area. Then, from underneath the sink, apply the washers and nuts to secure the tailpieces to the bottom. Hand-tighten the nuts until they are tight, and finish with a basin wrench.
Important Bath Plumbing Note:
Remember: it is very important to ensure that you do not over-tighten the nuts.
- Insert the lift rod into its hole behind the spout. Then, thread the lift rod into the clevis. You will want to push the lift rod past the clevis screw. Push the pivot rod down until the stopper is open, and tighten the clevis to the rod.
- Using your heat-proof grease, grease the valve stems, located inside the handle where you will screw the handle to the faucet. Then, apply some Loctite to the handle, and tighten the handle screw. Be sure to not over-tighten the screw.
- Cover each handle with its appropriate temperature icon.
- Turn the water back on at the stop valves, which should be located underneath the sink. Now you will “test” the faucet to make sure there are no drips or leaks. In order to test for leaks properly, you should first remove the aerator from the spout of the spigot (the little round thing that makes sure the water comes out in a straight stream).
- Let the water run for a few moments before turning it off to check for leaks or drips. If you don’t see any, now is the time to caulk the sink if you choose. However, this step might be unnecessary, depending on the model of faucet.
Congratulations, you have successfully completed your bath plumbingproject by replacing your bathroom faucet! Do you still have questions? Is DIY bath plumbing not your thing? If so, feel free to contact Total Plumbing Orlando by email or by phone at (407) 435-9807 and we’ll do it for you. Professionals are available 24 hours a day to help with any bath plumbing need you may have.