Indoor plumbing is a must for any modern home, and kitchen and bath faucets are essential components of any home’s design. Whether you are renovating your current home or starting from scratch, finding the right faucet and sink combination is crucial to your home’s functionality and appeal. Homeowners that enjoy do-it-yourself projects will find that faucet projects make for a great beginner’s project. The tips below will make installation as easy as possible.
1. Shut off the Water Supply.
Whenever you work with anything related to plumbing, first shut the water off in order to avoid unnecessary messes and water damage.
2. Choose Boxed Sink/Faucet Combos.
Whether you are remodeling or building a brand new house, buying a ready-made sink and faucet combination will save both time and money. If you know the dimensions of your countertop’s opening, you can look for compatible dimensions on the sink/faucet’s packaging. If you haven’t taken measurements yet, just choose a style of sink that appeals to you and measure it carefully. Many ready-made sink/faucet combinations already have the necessary holes drilled, yet another factor that makes them an optimal choice for faucet installation.
3. Install the Faucet.
Before you set the sink into place, be sure to install the faucet. The best way to do this is to tilt the sink upside down and thread the faucet’s parts through the pre-drilled holes. Most modern faucets have a single stem that pivots, but older styles may have separate taps for hot and cold.
4. Install the Drain/Strainer.
While the sink is still upside down, line the bottom lip of the drain piece with plumber putty. This protects the sink’s surface and allows for a watertight seal. There should be a nut that will twist onto the bottom to hold the strainer in place. Make sure it is good and tight.
5. Place the Sink.
Ensure that your countertop is clean and dry before you attempt to put the sink in its appropriate place. Apply a generous amount of caulking to the rim of the counter’s opening. Keep in mind that it is better to use too much caulking than too little, as any extra mess from excessive caulking can be easily cleaned up later. After this, put the sink into place. Make sure that it is flush with the counter and fits well into the counter’s opening. Clamps are a good idea to ensure a tight seal between the counter and the sink.
6. Connect Faucet to Water Supply
Once the sink is in place you can connect its taps with the water valves, which are located beneath it. Be sure to use new tubing or a flexible steel line. Fresh seals are necessary to make the sink watertight, so it’s more than worth it to splurge a bit on new parts. Once the caulk has dried, it’s safe to run water. Just make sure that you let the system run for a few minutes first. This allows mineral deposits and other such things to make their way out of the line.
Faucet installation can take a lot of time, especially for newbies. For beginners it is best to set a whole day aside for the work involved. Water lines are tricky and can be tedious to work with, so it is imperative that you allow yourself plenty of time. If you don’t have a lot experience with do-it-yourself projects, then it’s best to let a professional handle the work. Sometimes the extra money you may spend hiring a professional is worth the time saved. You will also enjoy the benefits of a warranty, which is something that all reputable plumbers provide.