Hello again and welcome to our sixth instalment of the CMW Maintenance & Construction Handyman How-To series! This week we’re going to teach you a little bit about how to replace the faucet to a sink. We get it, the shiny gold chrome faucet with flower-shaped knobs looked great when you first moved in back in 2006, but it hasn’t stood the test of time and you need something new and fresh. Or maybe you’re sick of wasting money on a sink that drips all night long. Thankfully, this is not as difficult of a project as you might have guessed, and we’re going to take you through it step-by-step!
Those of you who have been following our blog know that preparation for any task is very important! Selecting your new faucet is an important decision since most people only change theirs once or twice a decade. As you can see, our friends at Home Depot have simplified the decision making process as much as possible, but you still need to know what size and set up your sink is designed to handle.
Tools and supplies you will need for this project:
Step 1: Turn off the water supply. This is extremely important! Look under your sink and see if there are valves specifically for the bathroom sink. If there are, go ahead and shut them off. If not, you’ll have to shut off the main water-supply valve.
Step 2: Remove the old faucet and pop-up drain. It’s finally time to get that old faucet out for good. There are supply tubes that go to the hot and cold valves, go ahead and loosen those and then use your basin wrench to get rid of the compression nut at the stem of the faucet. Finally, take out the nut that holds the faucet to the sink and you’ll be able to pull the faucet right out! To remove the pop-up drain, look under your sink above the s-curve in the drain (also known as a P-trap) and remove the nut. Loosen the nut that’s actually attached to the P-trap, remove the P-trap and then pull the pop-up lever from the drain itself. Lastly, unscrew the drain and the drain flange (the metallic circle around the pop-up lever).
Step 2.5: Clean up a bit. Now that the sink is completely free of all faucet-related materials, you can take this time to clean some of the areas that are hard or impossible to clean with a faucet present, such as the holes for the faucet and the drain itself.
Step 3: Securing the new faucet. You’re probably giddy with excitement for your new faucet; however, the next couple of steps will make sure that this faucet will last a few years instead of a few months, so be sure to take your time here. Start by putting a little bit of that plumber’s putty on the faucet stems. Now, check to see if your faucet came with a rubber gasket (most do) and install it on the base of the faucet. If by chance it didn’t come with a rubber gasket, use that caulking gun to put a line of caulk under the faucet. Be sure to place the rubber gasket BEFORE you insert the faucet stems! Now, use your basin wrench to tighten the nuts that clamp the faucet to the sink and go ahead and hook up the supply tubes to the faucet stems. Make sure to not over-tighten any nuts.
Step 4: Install the flange and pop-up drain. We’re almost done and if you’re still with us, then you’re doing great! We’re going to install the flange and the pop-up drain that came with your faucet now. Start by applying a bit of caulk to the underside of the flange and inserting that into the drain hole. Now you can simply place the nut on the drain housing followed by the washer and the gasket. Finally, screw the housing tightly into the flange. To install the pop-up drain, simply drop it into the flange with the hole for the pin facing the back of the sink. Under the sink, place the control pin in the correct hole in the pop-up drain. Go ahead and place the drain rod into its hole in the faucet and screw it into the faucet rod. If done correctly, the pop-up drain will go down when the lever is pulled up.
Step 5: Flush the faucet. The hardest part is done! Now all you have to do is remove the aerator from the top of the faucet and let the water run (both hot and cold) for a few minutes and watch for any leaks. If there are none, go ahead and screw the aerator back on and enjoy your stylish new faucet!
We hope you learned a lot from this month’s installment of the Handyman How-To series. As always, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about this or any other handyman projects you’re working on. Just give us a call or send us an email! And remember, we also offer handyman services as well as bathroom and kitchen remodeling and repair here in Eugene, Oregon. If you’re thinking a project might be too big for a DIY, we are here for you!