New faucet installation in your bathroom is a lot easier of a job than you think it is. Plenty of people can install their own faucets if they have the right tools and know how to do it safely. If you’re looking to take on this DIY bathroom project, you’re going to need pliers, plumber’s putty, plumber’s tape, two flexible water line extensions, safety glasses, work gloves, and an adjustable wrench. Here’s how to start:
Faucet Installation: Remove the Old Faucet
- Replacing your faucet starts with getting rid of the old one. Shut off the wall valves and turn on the faucet to drain down residual pressure.
- Use your adjustable wrench to loosen and remove the old flexible extension from the faucet and the shutoff valve. Drain the water into a bucket.
- Remove hardware from under the sink, including nuts and washers that secure the faucet and the clamp bolt from the drain rod extension.
Faucet Installation: Replacing the Old One
- Reference the faucet installation manual of the specific model you bought. This should show you the order in which the parts should be assembled.
- Apply your plumber’s putty around the new spout base to prevent water splash from running into the cabinet.
- Install the center spout, tighten the mounting nut from below with your adjustable wrench.
Faucet Installation: Assemble Mixing Valves
- Faucet installation processes may vary between models, but generally there is a large nut and washer that tightens the valve from below, and a larger washer and C-Clip that holds the valve at the top.
- Apply more plumber’s putty to the bottom side of the top washer.
- Install the C-Clip and tighten the nut underneath to assemble the mixing valves. Hot valves are on the left and cold valves are on the right side.
- Reinstall the drain rod to the extension and tighten the clamp bolt with your adjustable wrench.
More DIY Tips
Faucet installation can be a relatively simple task if you have the right tools and a manual that clearly instructs how to assemble it. Learning how to remove old faucets may be difficult if you’ve never attempted to do so before, which is why it’s helpful to have advice from an experienced AZ plumber on how to complete this process efficiently and safely. Plumbers at Deer Valley Plumbing are always willing to offer assistance to those who are unsure of whether a project is a DIY project or not.