Over time, you’ll find your bathroom faucet leaking, damaged or completely unusable. There are many factors that affect the condition of faucets. If you live in an area where there’s high mineral content in the water, your faucet’s aerator will get blocked thus provide you with only a little flow of water. Aside from low flows, faucets also corrode. Their constant exposure to water and heat will result to the formation of rust. Lastly, the components inside the faucet are also vulnerable to wear and tear. When they get worn out, they’ll cause leaks. If you ever find the need to replace your bathroom faucet, here’s a DIY guide you can use as a reference.
1. First of all, you must turn off the water supply valve of the faucet. Then turn the tap on to remove the remaining water inside the pipe and relieve the pressure in the system. Once done, detach the hot and cold water supply lines from the faucet.
2. Afterward, get a wrench and use it to unscrew the nut that keeps the faucet in place. If the nuts won’t budge, apply some penetrating oil to make it easier. Pull the old faucet out carefully and clean the area. Remove the old caulking with the use of a putty knife.
3. Prepare your new faucet. If it’s the kind that requires you to apply plumbers putty in order to create a seal, make sure that you’ll apply it liberally. Next, position the faucet and tighten the nuts under the sink. Make sure that the faucet is aligned correctly and get rid of the putty that will ooze out of it.
4. When you’re done, you must wrap the inlet fittings with the use of a Teflon tape. Wrap the tape in the same direction as you’ll install the fittings.
5. After threading, install the hookups. Use a wrench and connect them to the faucet and the shutoff valve. Never twist them because they may restrict water supply to the fixture.
6. Work on the pop-up linkage afterward. Place it into the drain hole and guarantee that the slot at its bottom faces the back of the bathroom sink. Set up the pivot rod in the T-connectors next to ensure that it will fit the slot in the pop-up. When you’ve lined them up, install the retaining nut snug to allow the rod to move.
7. Once done, insert the lift rod into the fixture and attach the clevis to it. While the pop-up is open and the lift rod is down, slide the pivot rod into the hole that’s nearest on the clevis. Let the rod pass through the spring clip. Once everything is aligned properly, the pop-up will close and the lift rod will be pulled up. Make sure that this part works correctly.
8. Lastly, remove the aerator from the faucet spout. Turn the water supply valve on and let the faucet run for a few minutes. While running, check for leaks. If you don’t find any, put the aerator back.
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