Replacing a bathroom faucet is quite an easy task if thorough planning is done. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Identifying the faucet type
Usually, there are 3 types of faucet available – single hole faucet, 4” triple hole faucet and 8” triple hole faucet. The center control in a single hole faucet becomes the spout and the mixing valve. In the 4” and 8” hole faucet, the center control just plays the role of a spout whereas the mixing valves are on either side of the center.
Depending on the type of faucet one has, it may be placed either to the sink or to the counter-top. So that if either of them are being replaced, one has the choice to change the type of the faucet. Otherwise, a new one should be purchased which is exactly like the existing one.
Step 2: Parts assembling
Once the faucet to be installed has been fixed, all the parts need to be assembled so that it can completed at one go. It is important to check the fittings on the faucet ends and the existing extension of the water line. Ideally an auto leak shut off water line extension should be chosen. This checks any excess water flow and prevents flooding or further damage.
Step 3: Old faucet to be removed
Firstly, the wall valves should be turned off and the faucet should be turned on so that any extra pressure drains down. An adjustable wrench can be used to remove the faucet’s flexible extension. The extra water should be drained. Then the flexible line should be removed from the shutoff valve.
Step 4: Hardware should be removed
The faucet is held together by washers and nuts. Any hardware should be removed along with clamp bolt. The faucet should then be lifted out from the top.
Step 5: Place the new faucet
If we go down from the top, first should be the spout, then a gasket, followed by the sink, then a large washer, succeeded by a mounting nut. Then the center spout should be installed and the mountain nut should be tightened.
Step 6: Assembling the mixing valves
The hot and the cold mixing valves should be assembled. From below the valve should be tightened using a washer and a big nut and from above a C-clip and a big washer holds the valve. On the base of the top washer, plumber’s putty should be applied.
Finally the drain rod should be re-installed and we are good to go!