DIY Installation of Bathroom Faucets
Just moved into a new place and need some installation and repair work doing? You can either “Do it yourself” (DIY) or you could pay a plumber to do it.
If you’re up to the task, here are some DIY tips on how to install a bathroom faucet.
Before you start, you will of course first need to choose and buy a suitable bathroom faucet.
How to Install a Bathroom Faucet and a Pop-Up Drain (aka sink stopper)
Before starting the process of installing the bathroom faucet itself, you will need some things that should already be available at an arm’s reach during the installation.
Usually, there is some pre-assembly needed in installing a bathroom faucet. For that pre-assembly, you should refer to the manual guide or instructions given by the product manufacturer.
Step 1: Make sure that the top surface is clean
Before installing the bathroom faucet, make sure that the countertop’s top surface (where the bathroom faucet will sit) has already been wiped clean. If the bathroom faucet and the valves have rubber gaskets, fit the gasket onto the bathroom faucet’s components.
After doing that, the bathroom faucet’s tailpiece should be pushed up into the countertop or sink’s mounting hole.
Follow up by threading the mounting nut and the washer into the bathroom faucet’s tailpiece. Tighten the valve assembles after dropping them into their respective holes.
If the bathroom faucet doesn’t have rubber gaskets to prevent the leaking of water from the counter, use a plumber putty to seal the base before inserting the faucet parts into the sink holes.
Step 2: Attach the tailpiece to the water tubes
Do this by turning the water tubes’ knurled nuts clockwise and securing them tight to the bathroom faucet tailpiece with the use of a wrench. Then connect the spout to the valves if the set-up of the bathroom faucet is that of a split-set.
Using a pipe wrap tape, wrap the threaded part of the valves and the connecting piece. Screw them in tightly together with the help of a wrench.
Step 3: Install the pop-up drain
A pop-up drain facilitates the lifting of the drain stopper using a sink-top lever. After the bathroom faucet has been installed, the next thing to do is to assemble the pop-up drain. Take hold of the spring clip and put it at the pivot rod’s end. This position allows for the attachment of the clip onto the lift rod.
Step 4: Push the lift rod
After attaching the pop-up drain, push the lift rod of the faucet into the hole found in the spout. Follow through by attaching the pivot rod to the lift rod with the help of a spring clip and an extension rod. Make adjustments until the drain stopper opens and closes properly and securely.
Step 5: Put the assembled bathroom faucet on the vanity
Once the bathroom faucet is firmly attached to the countertop of the vanity, the next step is to attach the newly assembled bathroom faucet found on the countertop on a vanity or a cabinet. To do this, place the countertop or sink right side up on the cabinet or vanity. Complete the process by testing to see if water comes out from the bathroom faucet.