How To Replace Your Home Faucet

Simple steps to replacing your home faucet

Just about any homeowner is capable of replacing a kitchen or bathroom faucet. As a matter-of-fact it’s about the easiest plumbing repair that you can do, which does not require a professional for help. Faucet replacement can be grouped as a beginning to intermediate task and can be accomplished by following these simple steps.

As with any DIY project, it is a good idea to be prepared before you start, and since this is a faucet tutorial it’s a good idea to be set with the type of faucet you want to install.

Before you begin, spend a few minutes going through your new faucet kit and make sure you have all required tools to remove the old faucet and install the new one. Most local hardware stores and almost all the big-box  stores will give you a wide selection of faucets to choose from. Have your new replacement out of its package and pay attention to similar parts as you remove the old faucet, and this will help avoid silly delays when doing the new install.

With so many different makes and models on the market you are sure to find the perfect one for your home, but you need to make sure that it is similar in shape and style because if the replaced unit is out dated you could run into some difficulties like install holes not matching up.  When in doubt ask the store clerk for help. You will most likely pick a one handle or two handle faucet for your bathroom, and you can select the fancier ones if you are installing a kitchen faucet. For most faucets if you match the size and get the style close to the old one you should be just fine with your new replacement, keep in mind that there can be some differences, especially if it’s a really old faucet that you are replacing. If it’s a kitchen setup you generally will go with the bigger faucets eight inches or more. Bathroom faucets tend to be the smaller size say around four inches, and you can go larger if it’s the bathtub faucet.

Take proper measurements

To help you pick the right faucet from the store be careful to take accurate measurements using the old faucet as an aid. You will want to bring a measuring tape with you to the store for easy comparison.  If possible take your own measurements instead of going off the package’s measurements. On the double handle styles you need to measure the distance from the handle to the center and then measure from one handle to the other and on the single handle versions its very important to measure the water line coming out of the bottom as both hot and cold go into one.

Once you have your style, and size matched up then you are ready to begin the replacement phase.

Here is The Tools You are Going To Use

You will need your standard pliers and screw driver. For some you may need to have a set of wrenches to match the shut-off  valve nut so you can remove the supply line going to your faucet and also make sure to pick up a roll of plumbers tape. Channel locks or a basin wrench is a standard tool to have, and if you do not have these you most likely can rent them from the hardware store if this is a one-time  situation. Your channel locks are needed to remove the large nuts that mount the faucet to your vanity or kitchen sink. The basin wrench is especially design to help with tight spaces, and you may find that this will be the only thing you can use so make sure you can get one if you choose to wait and see.

Now Follow These Points to Install The New Faucet

Make sure to turn off the water supply. Now remove your supply lines carefully from your old faucet. Then locate the retaining nut, this will usually be found under the faucet but can sometimes be located under the faucet nozzle.  Simply see if the faucet nozzle comes off, and if it does you most likely will reveal the nut. After the retaining nut is removed the faucet should be easy to take out. Now would be a good time to clean the surface of any build-up and left-over  debris like old caulking.

Once the clean-up is complete check to make sure the holes match up with the new faucet and make any adjustments needed before continuing with the install. When attaching the new faucet ask a helper to keep the faucet steady while you tighten the retaining nut as this will help with centering the new faucet. After you complete the x and tighten down the retaining nut you are now ready to hook up the water lines. Slowly turn the water to about a quarter pressure and then observe for leaks, if there are none, turn it another quarter turn and recheck for leaks.  You will continue this way until you have full water pressure and no leaks.

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If you do find any leaks, you will find that ninety-nine percent of the time it will be because you either forgot to use the plumbers tape, or you did a poor job of putting it on.  Simply, re-install the tape and re-attach the water lines.  Other causes for leaks can be broken water line, bad washers, and poorly tighten water supply nuts.

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