by Dana Eldridge
(Los Angeles, California, USA)
Would you like to save money, make your bathroom look better, and be able to take pride in the fact that you did it yourself?
Deciding to start a home improvement project can be a little frightening but with the right tools and information, you will soon be on your way!.
You will have the confidence to do it yourself and know that you have done a good job.
The first step to getting started with your new faucet project is getting the information to do the job. You need to consult the web and/or educational books to make sure that you have all that you need to make this process happen.
Once you have all your information compiled and feel ready to undertake your home improvement project, you need to look at all the different faucet manufacturers for the best quality for the money you are willing to spend.
You will want to purchase a faucet that is durable, as well as, blending well with your existing bathroom accessories.
You now have the perfect faucet purchased. It is sitting in its box awaiting its new home on your bathroom vanity. You need to make sure that you have the correct tools available. This would include:
A basin cock wrench or pipe wrench
Slip-joint and adjustable pliers
Bathroom caulk and caulk gun (plumber’s putty will also work)
New flexible faucet supply tubes
Your next step in this process would be to remove the old faucet. To do this, you will need to shut off your water supply either under the sink or at the main water-supply valve.
The hot and cold water supply tubes will need to be loosened. At the faucet stem, loosen and remove the compression nut with a basin cock wrench or pipe wrench.
To remove the faucet now, all that you need to do is remove the nut holding the faucet to the sink. The faucet should lift off.
Chrome-plated brass hardware may start to decay after time so you may wish to change that as well. A bucket should be placed under the drain to contain excess water still in the drain.
A new stopper may come with your new faucet. If this is the case, you might like to change that also. This will give you a consistent look on your new design.
You will need to wrap your faucet stems with a thread sealer. Before inserting the faucet stems into the correct holes install the rubber gasket to the base of the faucet.
Don’t worry if your faucet did not come with a rubber gasket. A bead of caulk will do the trick. When you have the faucet in position, you can thread the washer, nut, and mounting nut on to the faucet tailpiece. Tighten these nuts by hand.
You may now attach your supply tubes to the faucet stems. Make sure that you apply thread sealer to the shut off valve threads. Tighten the coupling nuts to the supply stems. Be careful not to over-tighten the nuts. Reconnect the hot and cold water supply stems.
You are now ready to clean the supply tubes to your new faucet. To do this you need to remove the aerator from the faucet. Now turn on the water. You will need to check for leaks while the water is running. If there are none, shut off the water and replace the aerator.
Now sit back and enjoy your new bathroom faucet. You can take pride in the fact that you just installed it yourself.