Replacing your bathroom faucet is an inexpensive way to refresh the look and feel of your bathroom. Installing one is a quick project, perfect for DIYers of all skill levels.
You’ll need thirty minutes to an hour and some basic supplies for this project:
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Adjustable Wrench
- Heavy Duty Sponge
- Plumber’s Putty
- Faucet Kit
When taking on this DIY task, be sure to equip yourself with the proper safety gear.
When choosing your faucet, be sure to select the right one for your sink. Bringing your old faucet to the store as a reference is a good method to ensure you purchase the proper one for your bathroom. Keep in mind that some installations may require new supply lines, shut-off valves, or additional tools, some of which may be provided with your faucet kit.
Remove Old Faucet. Start by shutting off your faucet’s hot and cold water valves. These are usually located under the sink. Turn on the faucet to drain any leftover water from the lines. Place a bucket under the sink and disconnect water supply lines with an adjustable wrench. Unthread the faucet shank and pull the faucet from the sink.
Remove the Drain. Place a bucket under the drain trap and unscrew the slip nut to release the connection. Disconnect the drain flange from the tailpiece. Use a putty knife to remove old sealant, then clean the area with a heavy-duty sponge before installing your new equipment.
Install Faucet. Review manufacturer instructions before beginning your installation. Most faucets require installation of a gasket on the bottom of the faucet while others may need sealant and/or plumber’s putty. After determining your next steps, insert the faucet through the sink holes and tighten mounting nuts.
Connect the drain. Apply a small amount of silicone or plumber’s putty under the flange. Screw the nut on the drain body until it can’t go any further, then push the gasket over it. If your gasket is threaded, simply screw it on. Screw the flange on from the top of the sink. Use a wrench to tighten the nut and gasket from under the sink. Place the drain body under the sink, aligning the pivot hole so it’s facing the back. Reconnect the drain trap by fastening the slip nut onto the new drain.
Install Drain Rod. If your drain has a rod and is not push-activated, 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 connection by lifting from above the sink.
Reconnect Supply Lines. Reconnect the water supply lines to the faucet underneath the sink.
Complete Installation. Clear debris and sediment by removing the aerator and turning the hot and cold water on for about a minute each. Check all connections for leaks and retighten if needed. Turn off the faucet and screw the aerator back on.
Congratulations! You’ve installed a new bathroom faucet.