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After struggling for months to make my plumbing system work properly, I started realizing that part of the problem might be the supplies I was using. I began working hard to make sure that things were right, and it became clear to me that I needed to invest in different equipment. It was really incredible to see how much of a difference a few of the right plumbing supplies made, and I was able to get things fixed up. This blog is all about finding great plumbing supplies to make your home better than ever. After all, you never know what you will need to fix.

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How To Install A New Faucet

Shannon Obrien

If you have an old, ugly faucet in your home, it can be easy to replace it to give your bathroom a new look. If you need a complete bathroom overhaul it may be a much bigger job, but if the problem is just the faucet itself, that repair can be done yourself if you are handy and aren't afraid to work with plumbing. See below for instructions on how to replace a faucet. 

Here's What You Need:

  • New faucet (single hole, center-set or widespread mount)
  • Pipe wrench
  • Crescent wrench
  • Plumbers putty
  • Bucket or bowl
  • Flashlight

Instructions:

  1. To start, turn off the water to your faucet. There should be a shutoff valve beneath your sink. Place a bucket or bowl beneath the sink to catch any water that may be left in your pipes when you disconnect your faucet.
  2. Next, begin taking apart the old faucet. You'll have to get beneath your sink (use your flashlight to see clearly), then disconnect the hoses or piping connecting to the faucet, as well as the drain. If you have older pipes, be careful when disconnecting the piping. Take a good look at the pipes and if they are corroded, they will need to be replaced. If this is too much work for you, it's best to leave the work to a professional plumber.
  3. Once the pipes are disconnected, you can disconnect the faucet by taking a crescent wrench to unscrew the nuts holding it in place. Also, disconnect the drain and remove the old stopper.
  4. Clean up any caulk that may be left on your sink with a razor blade so you have a clean slate to work with. 
  5. Set the new faucet in place by lining up the holes. Place the nuts on the bottom of the screws, then tighten them in place. Add the water supply hoses to both the hot and cold sides.
  6. Add plumbers putty to the underside of the drain assembly and set the drain in place.
  7. Screw the nut on the bottom of your sink onto the drain pipe and then add the other piece of pipe with a nut on it to the bottom of that drain pipe. Tighten both nuts once you have the bottom piping lined up so that the opening is facing the wall.
  8. Next, add the drain stopper and the drain stop lever into the top of your faucet. Attach the bottom of this assembly by following the manufacturer's directions.

This is a fairly easy job if you feel comfortable with plumbing and are handy with tools. If you aren't comfortable changing out a faucet, it's best left to the professionals. 


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