Nothing lasts forever, especially not household fixtures like faucets. Being prepared is half the battle when it comes to home repair, but replacing your faucet doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little planning it can be a simple, straightforward process. The following steps can help any do-it-yourself guru successfully navigate the process of faucet replacement.
1. Prepare Your Work Area.
Clean out any and all cabinets that house the pipes, and then ensure that there is an adequate amount of light in the area in which you will be working.
2. Turn off the Water Supply.
There is usually a valve to shut the water off under the sink. Once you locate it, simply turn the knob to stop the water.
3. Remove the Water Tubing.
It is often necessary to replace the tubing when installing a new faucet, but the water lines must be removed from the valve and taps regardless. Make sure you have a bucket ready to catch any water that remains in the line. Some home repair experts suggest removal of the P-trap in order to drain excess water from the lines.
4. Remove All Screws.
Not all faucets have screws. In the case of those that do, however, you must remove each and every screw that binds the old faucet to the sink.
5. Remove the Faucet.
Lift the faucet off of the sink.
6. Clean the Sink.
Cleanse the sink of any hard water or rust stains it might have. Vinegar is a great natural cleansing agent. However, some sinks may need something more acidic such as a lime remover.
7. Insert New Faucet.
A new faucet kit should come with soft plastic or rubber gaskets to protect the porcelain. There should also be a ring for each tap on the faucet. Last but not least, there should be a plastic plate that is designed to go between the sink and the faucet. Don’t forget to lay the plastic plate down before replacing the faucet.
8. Correctly Place the Gaskets.
Once you’ve inserted your faucet into its appropriate position, screw the tap gaskets onto the threaded pipe. Make sure you have enough light to see well so that you can make the necessary placements and connections.
9. Connect Other Things.
Connect the water lines to the valve and taps. It’s usually best to use fresh lines when installing a new sink. If the line is a flexible cable, then you will want to replace the tubing.
10. Reinstall the Sink Stopper.
You may not have had a sink stopper at the bottom of your sink. If you did, however, you should have removed it before you began working to uninstall the sink. You can reinstall the stopper now that the sink is in place.
11. Test the Lines.
Remove the faucet aerator and run some water. Once the stream is steady and clear, you can screw the aerator back into place.
As previously stated, replacing your faucet doesn’t have to be a major undertaking. Following these 11 steps can make the process go a bit more smoothly. Do-it-yourselfers can and do replace faucets with just a couple of tools, but the time you can save by hiring a professional may be more than worth it.