Installing A Bathroom Faucet
Installing a bathroom faucet to replace a leaky or corroded one and enhance the look of your bathroom. The installation is actually one of the easiest plumbing jobs in the bathroom and is a good introduction to plumbing for a novice. Check under your faucet to see if there’s a screw; if so, you have a slip-on spout. If not, you have a screw-on faucet. It’s best to remove the old faucet and take it with you to buy your new faucet to ensure a perfect fit.
However before starting your installation project, you should prepare the materials and tools as follows: faucet sink, screws, plumber’s putty, silicone caulk, adjustable wrench, slip-joint pliers, screwdriver, drill, marker, bucket, clean rags, and safety glasses
Installing a Bathroom Faucet: Screw-On Faucet
- Slide a utility knife along the caulk seam around the base of the faucet and scrape remaining caulk off the bathtub wall. Grip the existing spout and turn it counterclockwise to loosen it. Insert a screwdriver into the mouth of the faucet for extra leverage if necessary.
- Pull the faucet off the pipe. If the nipple, or threaded tip of the pipe, is corroded, unscrew it with an adjustable wrench. Place the faucet and the nipple in a bag to take with you to purchase your new faucet.
- Measure the length of the pipe that extends from the wall. Take this measurement with you as well to help you choose the correct faucet. At the home improvement store, buy a replacement nipple the same size as your existing one as well as a faucet that is the same length that is built to fit the same size pipe as what is installed in your bathtub.
- Wrap plumber’s tape around the end of the bathtub pipe and screw on the new nipple. Tighten with an adjustable wrench, but don’t over tighten and damage the pipe. Wrap more plumbers’ tape around the outer threads of the nipple.
- Place the spout on the pipe and turn it clockwise. Insert a screwdriver in the spout for additional leverage to finish tightening it, making sure the spout faces down into the tub once it’s fully tightened.
- Cut the end of a tube of silicone caulk at a 45-degree angle with a utility knife and pierce the end of the nozzle with a nail if necessary. Squeeze the tube and move it around the base of the faucet to seal the joint between the faucet and the tub. Allow the caulk to dry at least eight hours before using the faucet.
Installing a Bathroom Faucet: Slip-On Faucet
Install a New bath Faucet
- Look at the screw on the bottom of the faucet, located near the back. You’ll most likely need a hex wrench to loosen the screw, but you could possibly need a screwdriver.
- Break the caulk seam with a utility knife and scrape remaining caulk off the bathtub wall.
- Loosen the screw with a hex wrench or screwdriver, then pull the spout away from the tub wall. Measure the length of the pipe sticking out from the bathtub wall.
- Buy a new faucet based on the size of the old faucet and the length of the pipe.
- Slide the new spout into place over the pipe, then tighten the screw with your hex wrench or screwdriver.
- Seal the base of the faucet with silicone caulk and allow it to dry.
Installing Bathroom Faucet
Installing a bathroom faucet is a standard ability that homeowners must have because it is simple and does not require any special requirements to do.