Replace your faucet

Want to replace your leaky or outdated faucet? It isn’t as hard as you may think. You can tackle the project with a basin wrench and a few other tools.

Step 1: Remove the old faucet

Be sure when you buy a faucet it will fit your sink. Your sink will have 1, 2, or 3 holes for the faucet. Make sure to have this information prior to going shopping for a new faucet; you can always bring the old faucet with you shopping.

Use the valves under your sink or at the main, to turn off your water supply. Then, turn on the faucet to release any water left in the line. Disconnect the line from the faucet using the basin wrench if you can’t get to the connections with your hands. You will then disconnect the lift rod and remove the nuts located under the faucet.

Step 2: Remove the drain

First, unscrew the slip nut on the P-trap and put a bucket underneath to catch water in the trap. Then, disconnect the drain flange from the tailpiece. It should easily unscrew. Once removed, clean around the old drain and faucet holes to remove an old sealant and hard water buildup.

Step 3: Install the new faucet

The new faucet should contain installation directions. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for specific installation instructions. Put the faucet through the mounting holes in the sink and tighten the mounting nuts. Next, attach the drain. Screw the nut all the way down on the drain body and push the gasket over it. Some gaskets are threaded to screw into place.

Apply just a little bit of silicone under the flange. Position the drain body on the bottom of the sink, making sure the pivot hole is facing the back, and screw the flange on from the top side. Underneath, tighten the nut and gasket.

Next, install the drain rod by unscrewing the pivot nut on the drain body, inserting the horizontal rod through the hole in the stopper, and replace the nut. Push the horizontal rod down and secure the lift rod to the strap with the screw. Test the lift rod. You are then ready to reconnect the supply lines to your faucet. If your sink is already in place, use a basin wrench to reach the faucet shanks.

Flush the faucet by removing the aerator to rid your faucet of debris or sediment. Check all the connections for leaks and re-tighten if necessary. Screw the aerator back on and you’re done.

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