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Choosing Your Bathroom Sink Faucet
As you can see from the picture above that replacing a bathroom faucet can be quite expensive if you hire a plumber or handyman to do the job.
The price could be higher or lower depending on where you live as well as the cost of your faucet assembly fixture.
However, replacing a bathroom sink faucet is rather straightforward and easy to do and if you’re ready to start we’ll teach you how right now.
The first thing you’ll need to do is decide on the type of bathroom faucet that you want to buy. Do you want a contemporary or traditional faucet?
One thing to consider is the number of handles on your faucet. Single handle faucets are great if you’re the multi-tasking type.
You can change the flow and temperature while brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and rinsing your face.
Two-handed faucets, especially with lever type handles are great for kids or anyone with mobility issues with their hands or fingers. Plus it’s just such a classic look.
Faucets are available in single hole, centerset, wall-mount or widespread styles. If you already have a sink make sure you choose a faucet that is compatible.
Count the number of holes, measure how far apart the holes are and choose a faucet that will fit.
Bathroom sink and faucet compatibility is another important factor to remember when selecting a faucet style.
Vessel style sinks need to be matched with a faucet with tall handles and an extra high arc spout or a wall-mounted faucet.
Wall-mounted faucets are available in some really cool styles, like a single-handle model that is both modern and unique.
Finally, you want to think about a finish that coordinates with your bath hardware, lighting fixtures, and cabinet hardware.
Among the choices for faucet finishes, chrome is the favorite. It’s available in a classic shiny or brushed mount type.
Nickel is also a very popular choice because of its warm tone and comes in polished or brushed.
Beyond a silver finish, you can also choose gold, bronze and even black.
Specialty handles are available for some faucets and come in a variety of colors and finishes.
Tools Needed to Complete the Job
- Crescent wrench
- Basin wrench
- Putty knife
- Plumbers putty or silicone caulk
- Phillips head screwdriver
Replacing a Bathroom Faucet
Step 1 – Close the water supply valves and turn on the faucet to clear the lines.
Step 2 – Disconnect the drain plug linkage and use a crescent wrench to disconnect the hot and cold water supply lines. Have a towel ready to wipe up any water that leaks out.
Step 3 – Use a basin wrench to loosen the plastic nuts below the sink that are holding the faucet assembly in place.
Step 4 – Lift the old faucet out through the holes in the sink. If there is any sealant left on the sink’s surface remove it with a putty knife so that you’ll be able to get a good clean seal for the new faucet.
Step 5 – Apply plumbers putty or silicone caulk along the sink’s surface where the new bath fixture will be installed. If you are installing your faucet onto a composite surface use a silicone caulk because plumbers putty will discolor the sink over time.
Step 6 – Slide the gasket provided with your new faucet over the tailpiece of the faucet. Set the faucet in place.
Step 7 – Thread on the basin nuts from under the sink, alternating from one to the other. This enables you to draw the faucet’s body down evenly over the gasket. Leave the basin nuts slightly loose so that you can center and adjust the faucet from above.
Step 8 – Tighten the screws with the basin wrench until they are snug.
Step 9 – Apply some Teflon tape to the thread of the faucet’s tailpiece and reconnect the hot and cold water supply lines. Tighten with the crescent wrench.
Step 10 – Reconnect the drain plug linkage system. (many handles come with the handle already installed and some faucets require you to attach the handles but it usually only requires a Phillips head screwdriver)
Step 11 – Turn the water back on and check the entire faucet assembly for leaks.
There you have it, a new faucet installed.
This project should take you about an hour or two to complete depending on the level of your DIY plumbing skills.
It will definitely serve you to take your time when installing your bathroom faucet so that you won’t have to backtrack to try and find the source of your water leak.