How to Replace a Bathroom Faucet

P0629Tired of your old bathroom faucet? Maybe it came with the house and you never got around to replacing it, or maybe you just think that it is time to replace it. While some people may think that it is a challenge replacing a leaky or outdated faucet isn’t always as difficult as you may think. You can easily tackle the project with a basin wrench and a few other common tools. Usually, it will only take about an hour. The same steps will apply if you are installing a new faucet onto a new sink.

Removing the old faucet:

Step 1: Turn off the water supply. The valves are typically under the sink. If not, turn the water off at the main valve. Then turn on the faucet to relieve any water pressure left in the lines.

Step 2: Disconnect the supply lines from the faucet. Use a basin wrench if you can’t reach the connections with your hands.

Step 3: Disconnect the lift rod, and then remove the nuts from under the faucet.

Remove the drain:

Step 4: Unscrew the slip nut on the P-trap. Put a bucket underneath to catch water in the trap.

Step 5: Disconnect the drain flange from the tailpiece. It should unscrew.

Step 6: Clean around the old drain and faucet holes. Mineral spirits can help to remove old silicone sealant.

Install the New Faucet:

Step 7: Follow the manufacturer’s directions for specific installation instructions. Most installations begin with installing the gasket on the bottom of the faucet. Some require sealant of plumber’s putty. Then put the faucet through the mounting holes in the sink and tighten the mounting nuts.

Step 8: Not all faucets come preassembled, so you may have to attach the handles. It is relatively easy. Slip the guide ring onto the bottom of the handle, position it on the faucet base, and secure with the setscrew. A setscrew is the tiny screw on the underside of the handle. Your faucet probably came with a hex wrench to tighten it.

Step 9: Next move onto the drain. Screw the nut all the way down on the drain body and push the gasket over it. Some gaskets are threaded and simply screw into place.

Step 10: Apply just a little bit of silicone under the flange. Position the drain body on the bottom of the sink- making sure the pivot hole is facing the back- and screw the flange on from the top side.

Step 11: Underneath, tighten the nut and gasket. On the top, use mineral spirits to clean up and excess silicone.

Step 12: Install the drain rod next. Unscrew the pivot nut on the drain body, insert the horizontal rod through the hole in the stopper, and replace the nut. Push the horizontal rod down and secure the lift rod to the strap with the screw. Test the lift rod.

Step 13: Reconnect the supply lines to the faucet. If your sink is already in place, use a basin wrench to reach the faucet shanks.

Step 14: Flush the faucet by removing the aerator. This gets rid of debris or sediment in the faucet. Some faucets include a handy little tool to unscrew the aerator. When you’re done, keep it inside your vanity or with the rest of your tools. Turn on the hot and cold water for about a minute. Check all of the connections for leaks and retighten if necessary. Screw the aerator back on and you are done.

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinets

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When it comes to adding value to your home, put your money where your mouths are.  The 2 rooms that add or detract value most from a home are the kitchen and the bathroom.  Right now stainless steel appliances are the trend but there is no sense investing in them only to put them next to shabby cabinets in an outdated kitchen.  When renovating a kitchen, start with the cabinets first.  An older refrigerator or stove will look better surrounded by new cabinets. Continue reading →

Choosing the Faucets for Your Bathroom

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There is such a wide range of bathroom faucets on the market today. I bet you are confused and unsure of which one you want or what faucet would look best in your space. Well let’s start with the different styles of faucets so you have an idea of the uses and looks.

Single Hole

Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 10.01.13 AMPerhaps you have a small space and can’t fit a large vanity. You might want to select a single hole faucet. They are perfect for bathroom designs that don’t take up too much counter space. You can choose a beautiful single hole faucet while making a statement.

 

 

Wall Mounted Faucet

Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 10.02.58 AMA wall mounted faucet definitely draws in the audience. There are so many beautiful ones to choose from that create a playful old-fashioned vibe to your bathroom. Maybe you are looking for something unique to make your bathroom stand out, or your design is somewhat a farmhouse design. The wall mounted faucet would fit perfectly.

 

Modern and Sleek

Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 10.07.49 AMIf you are looking to create a modern vibe, you can choose a flat sleek faucet. Make sure you are choosing all similar shapes to make it feel unified and sleek. The flat sleek faucets brings a clean, simple but modern feel to a bathroom.

 

 

Exposed Pipes

Screen Shot 2019-06-21 at 10.12.48 AMExposed pipes are one of my favorite faucets. Typically, when you have a smaller bathroom you would use a wall mounted sink with exposed pipes. This will help the bathroom seem bigger. By using a pipe-style faucet in a finish similar to the actual pipes below, it makes the design look like an intentional statement. Most industrial bathrooms add character by exposing the pipes.

 

Tall Faucets

ZZH_T21019D03_000_01_4_3_4_3Tall faucets can be absolutely stunning. A great thing about a tall faucet is that it has a lot of versatility. Not only are they visually appealing, but they allow for more room fit beneath them. Keep in mind they do take up a lot of space.

These are just a few of the different style faucet options you have to choose from. You can find these and many more at Plumbtile.

Installing Your Shower Set

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Installing Bathroom Fixture

Some things that get overlooked when updating your bathroom can be the simplest to install. If you are looking to finish off your bathroom with a gorgeous spa like shower head but do not know how to install one. These simple steps can help guide you in that direction. There are so many shower fixtures to choose from at Plumbtile. Such as Graff – Shower Panel and Handles or Dornbracht – Wall-Mounted Thermostat, With Rainhead And Hand Shower Set Continue reading →

How Not to Waste Space

 

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Source: This Old House

Most people don’t realize that there is quite a bit of wasted space in the home. Your garage, attic or even mudroom can become a cluttered, neglected mess. There are so many things you can do to organize and create usable space in those rooms. Take your utility room and add storage to create a functional mudroom. Continue reading →

Replace Your Broken Tiles

 

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Unfortunately, sometimes porcelain tiles can break over time and then there is a need to replace them. But you may not want to replace your entire floor. You can actually just replace the tiles that are broken. First what you will want to do is to remove the grout. In order to do that you will need a handheld grout saw, and carbide tipped cutting knife, a triangular grout saw, and an oscillating multi tool with grout.  Continue reading →

Upgrade Your Porch for Summer

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The weather is changing and there is nothing better than spending time outside with friends and family. But what if you don’t have a porch or your porch is in disarray. We have some budget friendly porch ideas. You may want to clear out those cobwebs and fix that porch swing. Spruce your space up without going over your budget. Continue reading →

Tips to Protect Your House From Water Damage

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Doing maintenance around the home is an absolute must. Therefore, making sure you keep your house safe and clear of water damage is a top priority. Some tips to avoid water damage in your home is imminent. First you want to make sure all hoses are disconnected. Standing water in a hose may freeze back into the pipe and create an ice block that, in a best-case scenario, stops your water flow. You don’t want to create any damage to walls, floor and foundation.

Always make sure to clean your gutters at least twice a year. This will help to avoid any ice jams or blockage. Not clearing your gutters can cause overflow and can damage roof as well as foundation issues.

You will also want to make sure to clear any trees or shrubs. Shrubs and tree roots can wrap around your pipes and break them. You always want to make sure to keep your landscaping close to the home very minimal.

Check and maintain regular maintenance of appliance. Making sure none have leaks or have any standing water. If there are any leaks you will want to fix them immediately. Not doing so can cause great problems. Such as mold, mildew, rot and structural damage to your home. Continue reading →