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You Can DIY: Bathroom Faucet Installation & Repair

Not every repair requires an expert’s touch. Believe it or not, there are many jobs around the house that the average homeowner can take on themselves. This includes patching holes in walls, installing light fixtures, and taking care of certain plumbing needs.

Today, we’re going to look a common faucet repair and a faucet installation that homeowners can take care of in the bathroom.

Bathroom Faucet Installation

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Before you begin the removal of your existing faucet, be sure to place a large bowl under the sink and have a towel close at hand, in case of any leakage.

Removing the Old Faucet: The first step in the removal of your existing faucet set is to turn the water off via the sink’s shut off valve (under the sink). Then clear any remaining water from the lines by turning the faucet on. Next, disconnect the drainplug link and the water supply lines from beneath the sink. The final step is to loosen the nuts that fasten the faucet to the sink basin and then pull the faucet set free.

Installing the New Faucet: Begin by cleaning the sink or countertop of any old sealant and dirt (you may need to use a putty knife for this).

Apply a bead of silicone caulk or putty (ensure that your choice is compatible with your countertop) to the surface, following the outline of the faucet set being installed. Then attached the gasket to the bottom of the faucet set and set it into place on the sink or countertop, ensuring that it rests on the bead of caulk (or putty). The next step is to loosely screw the plastic basin nuts onto the faucet connections beneath the sink. Then stand up and take a look at the way the faucet is seated. If it looks crooked or lopsided in any way, adjust it accordingly. Then, go back under the sink and tighten it securely.

Before you reconnect the water lines, wrap some Teflon tape around the threads of the faucet connection. Then connect the hot and cold. Lastly, reconnect the drain plug link and then turn the water back on. Don’t forget to check for any leakage.

Stop a Dripping Faucet

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Is the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet keeping you up at night? Here are a couple of ways to fix it (depending on the type of faucet you have).

Double Handle Faucet: If your bathroom faucet has two handles, your first step is to determine which side is leaking. First, shut off the water supply to the hot side. If the leak stops, then you’ll know that the leak is coming from the that side. If it continues, then it’s the cold side that’s leaking. Once the leaky side has been determined, shut off both sides and turn on the faucet to clear the lines. Then close the drain to prevent anything from falling in, during the repair process.

Next, you’ll need to determine if your faucet is equipped with a ceramic disk or cartridge. You can either research your faucet model type online. Alternatively, simply remove the handle and retaining nut and gently remove the cylinder or cartridge. Then take the part to your local home improvement store to purchase a replacement.

Once you have the replacement part, simply set it into place, replace the retaining screw and reattach the handle. Then, slowly turn the water back on and allow it to run for a few minutes.

Single Handle Faucet: In the bathroom, your single handle faucet is most likely to use a ceramic disc, so we’re going to focus on this type of repair.

First, begin by placing a cloth over the drain to prevent anything from falling in during the repair. Next, remove the handle and trim ring. Then unscrew the retaining nut and remove the cylinder. Take the cylinder to your local home improvement store to find the correct replacement part. Then, drop the new cylinder into place and reassemble the handle.

Once the faucet is reassembled, turn it on and then turn the supply line back for a few minutes to clear any debris.

While both of these repairs can be done on your own, sometimes there simply isn’t time to take on a repair. Or perhaps, you just aren’t comfortable with your ability to perform a bathroom faucet installation correctly. In either case, you can always contact a local plumbing professional for bathroom installations and repairs. Be sure to browse the listing of local plumbers in your area, here on

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