Whether you’re renovating your bathroom for an updated look, to fix an existing problem, or even just to increase the resale value, a new faucet can make a big difference. But can you do it yourself? Yes, you can! With a few simple guidelines, you can install a new faucet all on your own. These tips and tricks are sure to help you save time, energy, and money!
How to Remove an Old Faucet
1. Determine the Right Style of Faucet
First, does your sink have predrilled holes? If so, are they widespread or centerset? Predrilled holes in sinks range in size from a single hole, 4” triple hole, and an 8” triple hole. If you are replacing your vanity top and faucet, you can coordinate when purchasing so you have the easiest installation possible without a need to drill new holes. You’ll save time and money!
2. Turn Off Your Water Supply
Before removing an old faucet, make sure your water supply is turned off. This is usually found under the sink. Once the water supply is set to off, turn the faucet on to drain the rest of the water that’s currently in the pipes.
3. Disconnect Supply Lines
Next, you’ll disconnect supply lines and the lift rod from the old faucet. Supply lines hook to the hot and cold handles on the faucet and are located under the sink. The lift rod is located directly behind the waterspout and is used to open and shut the sink drain.
4. Remove Mounting Nuts
Then, remove the nuts from underneath the faucet. There should be two, one on each side of the faucet. Once they are removed, you can take the faucet out.
How to Install a New Faucet
1. Follow Your New Faucet's Instruction Manual
Your new faucet should come with step-by-step directions from the manufacturer, but you should begin by adding the faucet gasket to the bottom of the faucet. Read your new faucet’s instruction manual to see if plumber’s putty is required in addition to or in place of the gasket.
2. Put Your New Faucet in Place
Next, put the faucet through the mounting holes in the sink and tighten the mounting nuts under the sink to make the faucet stay in place.
3. How to Install a Matching Drain
If you're looking to update your sink drain and plumbing below the sink surface, we've compiled detailed directions How to Install a New Drain. These tips and tricks will help you alleviate any current leaks, or simply help to update your sink's plumbing as a way to avoid any future issues that may arise.
Replacing an old faucet can get complicated, and you may need some help to get the job done. Following our step-by-step directions to remove the faucet and reading your instruction manual for your new faucet will go a long way to help you get this project finished all by yourself. Your new faucet will definitely help to update your bathroom and give it a new look, as well as ensure your bathroom is working well with no leaks or issues to cause problems for you. For even more help, view this video that will give you detailed directions for the entire process of removing and installing a new faucet. For more tips, visit How to Install a Drain.
While do-it-yourself projects can be fun and fulfilling, there is always a potential for personal injury or property damage. We strongly suggest that any project beyond your abilities be left to licensed professionals such as electricians, plumbers, and carpenters. Any action you take upon the information on this website is strictly at your own risk, and we assume no responsibility or liability for the contents of this article.