DIY faucet substitute: No, you do not want a plumber’s assist

Like many others, as a result of coronavirus I’ve spent the previous eight weeks working from house, attempting to show my youngsters
and observing all the house enchancment tasks I have never had time to deal with. First up on the record: altering out an outdated two-handle faucet and changing it with a fancier single-handle faucet with detachable spray nozzle.

Fortuitously, trendy plumbing and tap design have made altering taps simple. It is a fast day challenge that makes a major distinction to the look of your area, and it can save you numerous cash by skipping the plumber and doing it your self. 

So, this is a full rundown on how you are able to do simply that. Simply word that the tap I put in is not straight out of the field (we have had it round for awhile), so your expertise might differ. 


See ya later, two-handle faucet.

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Out with the outdated

First, shut off your water. You doubtless have two shut-off valves underneath your sink, one every for the cold and warm water provide traces. Flip off the water by turning these valves clockwise. You should not want a wrench for this.

If there are not any valves underneath the sink, you then’ll must observe the availability traces away from the tap till you discover a valve. It’s possible you’ll find yourself shutting the water down on the water heater (and water heater bypass for chilly), or the primary valve. On this case, go away all of the taps on the bottom flooring turned on to empty water from all the system. 

After you have shut the water off, activate the tap you are altering to verify the water is definitely shut off: If water continues to stream, you’ve got a defective valve. With a bucket and towel useful for any residual water, use an adjustable wrench to take away the availability traces. Stabilize the valve meeting with a pair of slotted pliers as you loosen the water line connection; this can maintain the valve and line from twisting and getting broken. 

As soon as the valves are disconnected, you will must take away the outdated faucet meeting. It is held on by a number of retaining nuts underneath the sink, relying on the present configuration. These are typically tough to entry and you could want what’s known as a basin wrench. Should you’re fortunate, a particular socket wrench might have been supplied with the tap. As soon as the retaining nuts are eliminated, you must be capable of take away the outdated faucet from the sink. 


With the outdated faucet eliminated, we are able to slide the brand new one in and begin working to get it linked.

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In with the brand new

There are a number of configurations for taps. Between the variety of handles, spray nozzle varieties and even spacing of required holes, there are a whole lot of methods to customise. Before you purchase a brand new faucet, take into account your association, particularly the present quantity and site of holes in your counter or sink. Sinks and counter tops may be modified accordingly, however you will must do some analysis prior to buying your new faucet. 

You may want a basin wrench or a particular socket wrench that got here together with your faucet with a purpose to flip the retaining nuts.

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Begin by placing the bracket that matches between the counter/sink and tap in place. These will typically have a foam underlay that can kind a seal to assist stop water from seeping beneath the tap meeting. Some taps might differ, however the faucet I put in required minimal meeting previous to set up. 

Run the availability traces of the tap meeting, adopted by the threaded rods of the tap, by means of the holes in your countertop or sink. Working beneath in probably the most snug place you’ll find (good luck), tighten the retaining nut with a wrench. 

If no socket wrench was supplied with the tap, and the area is tight sufficient to require a basin wrench, be extra-careful to not harm the tap’s water provide traces. It will depend on the configuration of your specific faucet, but when the water traces are in the best way of the retaining nut It could possibly be useful to wrap them with nylon tape or another protecting materials earlier than doing this. Damaging water traces may trigger a leak, and all the mayhem that comes with that. You don’t need that.


You should definitely take care when connecting your faucet to the water provide traces — doing the job proper might help you stop leaks afterward.

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Seal the cope with sturdy connections

Now, it is time to join the tap’s water provide traces to the shut-off valve beneath the sink. With mine, the water traces had been hooked up to the brand new faucet, however this is not at all times the case. If you’ll want to provide the water traces, it is really useful to alter out hoses even when those you have already got are appropriate. If these hoses put on out and leak, you might have some bother in your arms. 

You will wish to apply a skinny wrap of Teflon thread tape in a clockwise route (the identical route you’ll flip the nut to tighten) across the threaded male connections to lubricate the threads, which permits for a greater seal. Finger-tighten the threaded nut valve connections — then, whereas holding the valve meeting with a pair of slotted pliers, end tightening the reference to an adjustable wrench. 

Slowly flip your water provide again on whereas checking for leaks. If the water flows usually and all the things down under stays dry, you then’re all set. 


As soon as the brand new faucet is in, take away the aerator from the spray nozzle and run the water for a minute or so to clear your plumbing of any particles.

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End with a flush

It is a good suggestion at this level to flush out your traces to do away with any particles you could have loosened up in your water traces. To take action, take away the aerator from the tap tip and let the water run for a couple of minute. Generally a device is equipped with the tap to make eradicating the aerator simpler. If you cannot take away the aerator, take away all the nozzle head and let the water run for a bit. 

And that is it — you’ll be able to scratch that fancy new faucet set up off of your to-do record and transfer on to one thing else. I would suggest a pleasant glass of water and a nap, assuming the children cooperate.

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