It is not as difficult as you might think to install split-set bathroom faucet, especially if you’re starting from scratch with a new cabinet and countertop.
Although most people opt to hire a professional plumber to fix almost all water issues in their bathroom, such as replacing or installing a leaking bathroom faucet, you can choose to do it by yourself within a few minutes or an hour at most when you have the right tools.
How to determine the right type of faucet to shop for your bathroom?
Determining the right type of faucet for your bathroom should be very easy. Remove the current faulty plumbing and take it with you to the hardware store for easier comparison since the hardware store attendants will easily understand those exact specifications.
However, if it is for the first time installation, it is essential to realize that there are only three major categories you should consider.
3 Major Categories of Bathroom Faucet You Need Consider Before Installing
It is mainly designed for the single-hole sink and mostly suitable for smaller spaces.
Center set faucet.
They are the most common types of faucet available in the market. They are mainly designed for the four-inched spread and comes with double handle design, one for hot water, and the other for cold water. If your countertop has three holes, but with a four-inch sink, this faucet can be a great option.
Although it uses the three-hole drill sink, space is usually more extensive, with a measurement of eight-inches apart. So if your countertop comes with three pre-drilled holes, this faucet is the best choice.
In case you realize a mistake such as a faucet you have bought doesn’t conform to the specifications of your countertop, all is not lost since there is a remedy for this. For instance, you can use a deck plate to fix a three-hole design into a single-hole styled faucet. Also, it is possible to customize how to drill holes to suit the countertop of your choice when purchasing a new sink.
Which are some of the critical tools needed before you start your job?
- A basin wrench mainly hard to stretch places.
- An adjustable wrench or adjustable pliers
- A bucket or a rag to catch dripping water
- Sealant or plumber’s putty
- Mineral turpentine
Here is How to Install a Bathroom Faucet
Switch off the water supply.
Ensure to switch off the water supply valve from the below the sink before you can remove the old faucet alternatively close the main water supply for the entire home if there is no water supply below the sink. You will then be required to release any water pressure in the pipes by turning on the faucet.
Disconnect the main supply lines from the existing faucet.
It is now the time to disconnect the main water supply lines from the existing old faucet. In case they are too far to reach or too tight, you can use the adjusting wrench since it can contact them.
Get rid of the nuts from beneath the faucet.
Using the adjusting wrench, loosen and remove nuts and hardware such as the washers positioned below the old faucet. Keenly uplift the old faucet above the sink top and get rid of it. Note that a gentle rocking can help loosen a stuck faucet from the sink. If the old faucet is still causing difficulties losing up, ensure to recheck whether you could have missed loosening any hardware from the underneath sink.
Remove the old draining system.
It is the right time to remove the P-trap. It is a curved section of the pipe that runs below the sink.
- Hold your bucket and position it below the P-trap to collect any remaining water which might leak.
- Carefully unscrew all the nuts holding the P-trap and remove them.
- Unscrew and get uplift the drain flange by untying the collar connecting it below the sink drain.
Install the new faucet.
Installing your new faucet is quite straightforward but before you can fix it, ensure to clean the old silicon sealant or any dirt from the drain holes. A rag or a sponge soaked in mineral oil can help remove any remaining residue that could have been left behind.
Understand the instructions from the manufacture before handling assembly.
- Ensure to follow the manufactures instructions since they have the specific information’s oh how to assemble your new faucet. For instance, some valves are designed for simple assembly of their handles before the entire installation, where you should include some tools like the Allen wrenches for the work.
- After you have the faucet handles assembled, position the faucet via the position of the mounting holes on the sink counter.
- Tighten the mounting nuts below the faucet using your adjusting wrench or the basin wrench.
The new drain installation process.
Unscrew the nut on the fresh drain pipes until you reach the threads entirely. You will be required to place the gasket carefully on the drainpipe above the nut. Note that the gasket is usually a rubber ring sealing the gap between the drainage system and the area below the sink.
Put a relatively small quantity of the plumbers putty on the underside of the draining body flange. Note this is the part that is connected with the t drain hole. It ensures the best sealing against the sink basin.
You can now assemble the drainpipe to the flange from the upper and below the sink and ensure to tighten the collar from the top using your hands. As you conclude, tighten the gasket and the nut under the pan using an adjustable wrench and clean away any putty remaining using the mineral oil before it can dry up.
Install the new draining lift rod.
The lift rod usually closes the new drain, especially when your sink is filled with water. It comes with a horizontal rod that will often be inserted into both sides of the strap and drain clip that connects to the top of the lift rod. You can now tighten the bolts.
Slide the clip and the lift rod strap on the horizontal rod and then carefully insert the lift rod downwards via the faucet into the new belt. While entering the horizontal rod downwards, ensure to tighten the lift rod placed on the strap screw firmly.
Reconnect the main water supply into your new sink.
Ensure to carefully tighten and connect the main water supply lines bow the faucet. Use your basin wrench in the case reaching the supply lines below the faucet are difficult to achieve. Get rid of the faucet aerator by unbolting it away from the faucet head.
You can now switch on the water supply and run it on both the hot and the cold faucet through the new flush system to get rid of the debris while monitoring the top and the bottom of the original installation to check any leaks. Replace your faucet aerator after turning off the water. Congratulations, you now did.