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DIY Wash Basin Faucet [2012-05-08]

 

If your Wash Basin Faucet needs to be repaired, it may be a good idea to replace it. Since the old one will have to be removed for repair, you can take this opportunity to upgrade the look of your bathroom. You can replace a bathtub faucet within a couple of hours. The old faucet will have to be removed first and taken to the hardware store. Make sure that the new faucet has the same inside diameters of the old one.
Place a sheet inside the bathtub to prevent scratches and damage to the finish while you are inside removing the old faucet assembly. Turn off the water supply to the bathtub. You may have to turn the supply off to the entire house if a shut-off valve is not on the bathtub faucet. There are plastic caps in the middle of each handle. Pop these off with a flathead screwdriver and then remove the screw that secures each handle. Pull the handles off and remove the escutcheon or cover plate from around the stem. Use an appropriate-size socket wrench to remove the packing nut that holds the stem into the wall plumbing and pull out the stem.
To remove the spout, check underneath the spout for a set screw. It will be located on the spout close to the tub. Unscrew the set screw with a screwdriver. Slip the spout off of the stem. If your spout does not have a set screw, then the spout will have to be unscrewed from the stem. Use a pipe wrench to carefully rotate the spout in a counterclockwise direction. Once it is loose, you can finish unscrewing it by hand.
After you have the perfect bathroom faucet picked out, and it is sitting in its box awaiting its new home upon your bathroom vanity.  You need to make sure that you have the correct tools for the job, this would include:
A basin wrench
Flat and Philips-head screwdrivers
Channel-lock adjustable pliers
Adjustable wrench
Bathroom caulk and caulk gun (plumber’s putty will also work)
New flexible Bathroom Faucet supply tubes
Thread sealer (pipe dope or teflon tape)
Pfister Bathroom FaucetThe next step in this process would be to remove the old bathroom faucet.  In order to do this you will need to shut off your water supply either under the sink or at the main water-supply valve, turn the faucet on and loosen the hot and cold water supply tubes.  A bucket should be placed under the work area to contain excess water still in the lines the faucet being turned on will verify the water is off and allow any in the lines to drain out. At the faucet stem, loosen and remove the compression nut with a basin wrench.  To remove the faucet all that you need to do is remove the nut holding the faucet to the sink and the faucet should lift off. A new stopper may come with your new faucet, if this is the case, you might like to change that also as it will give you a consistent look on your new design.
You will need to wrap your faucet stems with a thread sealer to prevent it leaking around the threads.  Before inserting the faucet stems into the correct holes install the rubber gasket to the base of the faucet, don’t worry if your faucet did not come with a rubber gasket as a bead of caulk will do the trick.  When you have the faucet in place, you can thread the washer, nut and mounting nut on to the faucet tailpiece, tighten these nuts by hand.
You may now attach your supply tubes to the faucet stems, make sure that you apply thread sealer to the shut off valve threads.  Tighten the coupling nuts to the supply stems.  Be careful not to over-tighten the nuts, reconnect the hot and cold water supply stems.
You are now ready to clean the supply tubes in your new faucet.  To do this you need to remove the aerator from the faucet, then turn on the water both hot and cold and let it run for a few minutes.  You will need to check for leaks while the water is running and if there are none, shut off the water and replace the aerator. Clean up any water from under the vanity and check back later to see if any is found as there may be a leak around one of the threads and may need to be tightened a little.
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