So, you have just bought a shiny new faucet for the bathroom. Now what?Well, you can call up a plumber and cost yourself a few hundred dollars more. Or, if you want to be on safe side with cost, you can do it yourself. Homemakers around the country are being smarter about doing their stuff. So, why don't you?
In case you're new to setting up a bathroom faucet, this is the article you should read must. Because in here, we've illustrated the easiest possible way to install a bathroom faucet manually. So, hold tight and go through the entire guide-
What You Need to Know Before Installing a Bathroom Faucet
Before you start the task off, make sure you know what you’re about to do.
A bathroom faucet usually consists of a few parts of them. Although it varies from brands to brands, the basic elements are all the same-
- Faucet Aerator.
- Faucet Cross Arm.
- Faucet handle.
- Faucet Aerator kit.
- Faucet lever handle.
- The fisher.
So, the very first task is to identify what parts your faucet has got and understood the primary function of each and one of them. You can take help from the manual or merely google about the model.
If you’re done with that, it's time to move to the action.
Steps of Installing a Bathroom Faucet
Step 1: Remove the Old Faucet (If You Have One)
It's not like that every one of us who buy faucets is using it for the first time. In case you have an older one and want to replace it with the faucet you’ve just bought, you should remove the old one first. In case of an existing faucet, it will be either a single hole faucet or a 4 inches triple hole or an 8 inches triple whole faucet. If your old faucet is found to be anyone these three, then it's maybe on the countertop of the bathroom. So, you have complete liberty to change the faucet type if you can. Make sure that, while you’re replacing the old one, no parts or surfaces of the countertop base is damaged.
Step 2: Assemble the Parts
Now, take out the parts and the faucet itself from the box. Check the manual to understand the functions of each part. Based on your waterline extension, you may have to give a few trips to the local storehouse. As you’re getting a chance to fix up any errors in the water line, check for any leakage or malfunction on it. You can use auto leak shut off in that case.
Also, some faucets may have inequalities with the water flow to your waterline. You can use a small valve on the base of the water line to adjust this inequality.
Start Installing the Upper Half
Now it’s time to consult the user’s manual once again and check whether you need any modification to that or not. Try to get a visual view of the entire setup. Usually, it will be the spout, a gasket, the sink, the plumber’s putty, a broad saddle, etc. Plumber’s putty can be a new tool for home users like you and me. It's nothing more than a grey modeling clay. All you need to do is to take a little bit of that on the palm and roll back and forth until you can form a half inches diameter rope shape. What is this used in? Well, if you have a chance to splash the water from the spout base, this rope is likely to prevent that.
Setup and Place the Mixing Valves
The primary difference between a single hole and a three-hole faucet is about the water mix. If you use a three-hole faucet, you will have two mixing valves which you have to set up at this stage. It consists of a washer and a nut. The nut holds up the valve and the washer tighten it up. You can apply the plumber’s putty to make sure there is no leak in between the machine and a valve.
To give you a hint, the valve that brings hot water on the left side. And the pipe that brings on the cold water is on the right side.
Thread the Trim on the Mixing Valve
The second last step is to thread the mixing valve. While you'll be mounting this one, make sure that the handle is stood parallel to the wall. Usually, most of the faucets these days comes with an easy-to-snap and desirable feature. So, this step wouldn’t be so tight, even f you’re new to this.
Setup the Drain Rod and You’re Done
Now, this is the last step. What you have to do is to reinstall the drain rod and tighten the bolt that’s with the clamp. Now check every single joint and junction of the entire system and use plumber’s putty while necessary.