When we think about the holidays we’re overwhelmed with thoughts of delicious feasts and the company of loved ones. With an abundance of people and food preparation, there is always the threat of germs and food-borne illness. Proper handwashing and sanitizing of surfaces goes a long way to keeping your family safe and healthy. However, there are even better ways to avoid the transfer of germs and bacteria…touch-free faucets and soap dispensers. Continue reading →
The knobs and pulls you see on your cabinets are discrete, out of the way, but say a certain something about your kitchen or bathroom. They are a necessary element of your room that is not only functional, but decorative. And due to their small size and ease of manufacture, the endless varieties of each can be overwhelming. So to help make one aspect to using decorative hardware easier, we’re going to show you how to install them properly.
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Tired 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 While some people may think that it is a challenge replacing a leaky or outdated faucet isn’t always as difficult as you may think.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.
One of the final steps in completing a custom shower project is selecting and installing the shower fixtures. While the task of selecting a shower fixture from the wide variety of styles can be challenging, installing the fixture is a simple job. With basic plumbing tools and skills, any do-it-yourselfer can install a shower fixture. Read on, and become a showerhead installer yourself!
For a big impact with small investment for your bathroom or kitchen, consider changing the faucet! It’s a super easy, relatively low cost improvement, that in some cases, can totally change the look and feel of your space!
Faucets are available in a wide range of prices and styles from very inexpensive, mostly plastic models to high-quality brass units. You’re better off buying a brand-name faucet. Some of the better brand-name washerless faucets have lifetime warranties. Continue reading →
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.
Perhaps 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
A 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
If 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 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 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 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 →
When you are remodeling your bathroom, you want to make sure everything is perfectly set. This means making sure all plumbing seals are good, all tiles are grouted properly but most importantly you waterproof the areas that have excessive water. In order to waterproof your shower, you will want to first mark your area. Make sure to properly measure your wall and mark out where you will be waterproofing. Once you have your area measured out you can mask off the section with masking tape. A good rule of thumb is to extend your waterproofing 100mm above your water outlet and 100mm wider than the edges of your shower. Continue reading →
Spring is upon us in a few months. Are you getting ready for some spring cleaning? Did you know that it actually promotes wellness both mentally and physically by keeping your environment clean and free of clutter. A cluttered house can actually be detrimental to your health. Here are some of the tips to help you with your spring cleaning. Continue reading →
Do you ever get mold build up in your bathroom? Well that can be attributed to poor ventilation. You always want to make sure you have some sort of ventilation system or a fan in your bathroom. Plumbtile has a Myson – Condensate Pump Kit that can help with any condensation from a shower to eliminate the mold or mildew buildup. Be sure to have this installed otherwise you may be doing more than just cleaning the tile. You may be replacing them. Of course, Plumbtile has everything you will need to remodel your bathroom. Continue reading →