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How To Change A Bathroom Faucet


By Timothy Sexton
 
Removing the Bathroom Faucet

1 Remove items stored in the cabinet under the sink to create a clear workspace. Shut off the hot and cold valves, which might require pliers or a wrench.
 
2 Remove the compression nuts used to connect the hot and cold supply to the stop valves. If the compression valve is frozen in place, attempt to make the valve more stable by holding it in place with a wrench before turning.
 
3 Disengage the coupling nuts that hold the hot and cold water supply riser tubes to the supply tubes that run from the faucet. You may need to use a wrench to stabilize the tubes.
 
4 Disconnect the mounting nuts using a basin wrench by holding the faucet handles and the spout. This may require an assistant to hold the spout steady from above. Remove all of the old parts and clear the installation area.

Installing the New Faucet

1 Place the faucet spout shank through one of the holes in the deck of the sink. Usually, the faucet comes equipped with a seal or an O-ring; if not, use plumber's putty before inserting the valve.
 
2 Tighten the mounting nut with either pliers or a basin wrench to secure the spout valve. Assistance may be required to keep the spout centered. It is important to ensure that the spout is facing forward.
 
3 Mount the valves to the deck. In most cases, the mounting ring is placed over the deck hole and the valve will be inserted from below, but you should consult the manufacturer's instructions carefully for any variances.
 
4 Thread the mounting nuts, securing the valves to the sink deck and ensuring that the cold water valve is the right-side hole and the hot water valve is in the left-side hole. Install the valves and secure with a basin wrench, adjusting as necessary. The values should be placed so that the water outlets are aimed toward the inlet on the spout shank.
 
5 Attach the flexible supply tubes to the outlets located on the valves; attach the flexible braided metal risers to the water stop valves and to the inlet port on these valves.
 
6 Place the spout and tighten with a hex wrench. Insert the pop-up stopper and attach the clevis strap to the pivot rod---this is the rod that rises into the pop-up drain. The position of the strap should be adjusted until it can rise and lower properly as you pull up the lift rod. Tighten the clevis screw.
 
7 Attach the faucet handles according to the instruction manual and turn on the water supply to test the faucet. Remove the aerator to allow debris to clear the spout, then replace

 

 

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