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DIY faucet replacement: No, you don’t need a plumber’s help

DIY faucet substitute: No, you do not want a plumber’s assist

Like many others, because of the coronavirus I’ve spent the previous eight weeks working from home, attempting to show my youngsters
and observing all the home improvement projects I have not had time to tackle. First up on the record: altering out an previous two-handle faucet and changing it with a fancier single-handle faucet with detachable spray nozzle.

Thankfully, trendy plumbing and tap design have made altering taps simple. It is a fast day mission that makes a major distinction to the look of your house, and it can save you a lot of cash by skipping the plumber and doing it your self. 

So, here is a full rundown on how you are able to do simply that. Simply be aware that the tap I put in is not straight out of the field (we have had it round for awhile), so your expertise might range. 

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See ya later, two-handle faucet.


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Out with the previous

First, shut off your water. You probably have two shut-off valves underneath your sink, one every for the cold and warm water provide traces. Flip off the water by turning these valves clockwise. You should not want a wrench for this.

If there are no valves underneath the sink, then you definately’ll must observe the provision traces away from the tap till you discover a valve. You could find yourself shutting the water down on the water heater (and water heater bypass for chilly), or the principle valve. On this case, go away all of the taps on the bottom ground turned on to empty water from your complete system. 

After you have shut the water off, activate the tap you are altering to verify the water is definitely shut off: If water continues to circulate, you might have a defective valve. With a bucket and towel useful for any residual water, use an adjustable wrench to take away the provision traces. Stabilize the valve meeting with a pair of slotted pliers as you loosen the water line connection; this can hold the valve and line from twisting and getting broken. 

As soon as the valves are disconnected, you will must take away the previous faucet meeting. It is held on by a number of retaining nuts underneath the sink, relying on the present configuration. These are generally troublesome to entry and you might want what’s referred to as a basin wrench. When you’re fortunate, a particular socket wrench might have been supplied with the tap. As soon as the retaining nuts are eliminated, you must be capable of take away the previous faucet from the sink. 

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With the previous faucet eliminated, we will slide the brand new one in and begin working to get it linked.


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In with the brand new

There are a number of configurations for taps. Between the variety of handles, spray nozzle sorts and even spacing of required holes, there are plenty of methods to customise. Before you purchase a brand new faucet, contemplate your association, particularly the present quantity and placement of holes in your counter or sink. Sinks and counter tops might be modified accordingly, however you will must perform a little analysis prior to buying your new faucet. 

You would possibly want a basin wrench or a particular socket wrench that got here together with your faucet with a view to flip the retaining nuts.


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Begin by placing the bracket that matches between the counter/sink and tap in place. These will usually have a foam underlay that may kind a seal to assist forestall water from seeping beneath the tap meeting. Some taps might differ, however the faucet I put in required minimal meeting previous to set up. 

Run the provision traces of the tap meeting, adopted by the threaded rods of the tap, by way of the holes in your countertop or sink. Working beneath in essentially the most snug place you could find (good luck), tighten the retaining nut with a wrench. 

If no socket wrench was supplied with the tap, and the house is tight sufficient to require a basin wrench, be extra-careful to not injury the tap’s water provide traces. It is dependent upon the configuration of your specific faucet, but when the water traces are in the way in which of the retaining nut It may very well be useful to wrap them with nylon tape or another protecting materials earlier than doing this. Damaging water traces may trigger a leak, and all the mayhem that comes with that. You do not need that.

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You should definitely take care when connecting your faucet to the water provide traces — doing the job proper can assist you forestall leaks in a while.


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Seal the take care of sturdy connections

Now, it is time to join the tap’s water provide traces to the shut-off valve beneath the sink. With mine, the water traces had been connected to the brand new faucet, however this is not at all times the case. If it is advisable provide the water traces, it is beneficial to alter out hoses even when those you have already got are appropriate. If these hoses put on out and leak, you could possibly have some hassle in your palms. 

You will need to apply a skinny wrap of Teflon thread tape in a clockwise course (the identical course you’ll flip the nut to tighten) across the threaded male connections to lubricate the threads, which permits for a greater seal. Finger-tighten the threaded nut valve connections — then, whereas holding the valve meeting with a pair of slotted pliers, end tightening the reference to an adjustable wrench. 

Slowly flip your water provide again on whereas checking for leaks. If the water flows usually and the whole lot down under stays dry, then you definately’re all set. 

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As soon as the brand new faucet is in, take away the aerator from the spray nozzle and run the water for a minute or so to clear your plumbing of any particles.


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End with a flush

It is a good suggestion at this level to flush out your traces to eliminate any particles you could have loosened up in your water traces. To take action, take away the aerator from the tap tip and let the water run for a few minute. Typically a device is provided with the tap to make eradicating the aerator simpler. If you cannot take away the aerator, take away your complete nozzle head and let the water run for a bit. 

And that is it — you’ll be able to scratch that fancy new faucet set up off of your to-do record and transfer on to one thing else. I would suggest a pleasant glass of water and a nap, assuming the children cooperate.


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