How to Change Bathroom Sink Faucet Like a Pro

How to Change Bathroom Sink Faucet Like a Pro
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Ben Brzovic
Ben has over 15 years of experience in the home renovation industry and over a 30-year background in carpentry.

How to Change Bathroom Sink Faucet Like a Pro

Eager to spruce up your Vancouver bathroom? Swapping that drippy old tap for a shiny new one can really make a difference — and guess what? It’s not as tough as it sounds! Yep, the thought of tackling plumbing might send shivers down your spine. But, hey, armed with some simple tools and a pinch of knowledge, you’ll nail that faucet replacement like a champ, quick as a flash.

In this guide, I’ll walk you through the process step-by-step, from turning off the water to tightening that final nut. No more drips or outdated fixtures—just a shiny new faucet that’ll make your bathroom sing. So grab your wrench and learn how to change a bathroom sink faucet!

Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials

Before you start replacing your bathroom faucet, make sure you have all the necessary tools and materials on hand. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than getting halfway through a project only to realize you’re missing a crucial tool.

Turn Off the Water Supply, Prepare the Work Area

First things first, locate the shut-off valves for your sink’s water supply lines. They’re usually hidden away in the cabinet underneath. Give them a clockwise turn until they’re nice and snug. If you can’t find the valves, you might need to shut off the main water supply to the whole house. Better safe than sorry. 

Next, clear out everything from under the sink. You’ll want plenty of room to work without bumping your head on pipes or cleaning supplies. Lay down an old towel or some rags to catch any drips. Grab your trusty basin wrench, adjustable wrench, silicone caulk, putty knife, and some mineral spirits. These will be your best friends throughout this process. 

Remove the Old Faucet

Now that you’ve got your tools ready and the water shut off, it’s time to bid farewell to that old, leaky faucet. Don’t worry; it’s served you well, but it’s time for an upgrade. 

Disconnect Water Lines

Locate the water supply lines connected to your faucet. They’re usually flexible hoses that run from the shut-off valves to the underside of the faucet. Use your adjustable wrench to loosen the nuts securing these lines to the faucet. Have a bucket or bowl ready to catch any residual water. 

Remove Mounting Nuts

Next, find the mounting nuts holding your faucet to the sink. They’re typically located underneath the sink basin, near the faucet base. This is where that basin wrench comes in handy. Its long handle and unique jaw design make reaching and turning those nuts a breeze. 

Pull Out Faucet Assembly

With the mounting nuts removed, your old faucet should lift right out. If it’s stubborn, gently wiggle it back and forth until it comes loose. Take a moment to marvel at all the gunk and buildup that’s accumulated over the years. Aren’t you glad you’re replacing this thing? Don’t forget to remove the old lift rod and drain collar while you’re at it. They’ll likely be connected to the old faucet assembly.

Install the New Faucet

Alright, here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for—installing that shiny new bathroom faucet. Get ready to transform your sink from drab to fab.

Apply Plumber’s Putty or Silicone Caulk

Before you set your new faucet in place, take a bit of plumber’s putty or silicone caulk and roll it between your hands until it forms a snake-like strip. Apply this strip around the base of the faucet holes in your sink. This will create a watertight seal and prevent any sneaky leaks.

Insert Faucet Through Holes

Carefully lower your new bathroom faucet into the holes in your sink. Make sure the rubber gasket or deck plate is properly aligned and the faucet is centered. If your faucet comes with an escutcheon plate, slide that over the faucet holes as well.

Secure with Mounting Nuts

Remember those mounting nuts you removed earlier? It’s time to put them back to work. Slide the nuts over the faucet tailpieces and thread them onto the mounting studs. Tighten them with your basin wrench until the faucet is securely in place. Don’t overtighten, or you risk damaging the sink or faucet.

Connect Water Supply Lines and Test

You’re in the home stretch now. Just a few more steps, and you’ll be enjoying the satisfying sound of running water from your brand-new faucet.

Attach Water Lines to the Faucet

Attach your new water supply lines to the corresponding cold water and hot water valves on your faucet. Tighten the connections with your adjustable wrench, but be careful not to overtighten and damage the lines.

Turn On the Water Supply

The moment of truth has arrived. Slowly turn the shut-off valves counterclockwise to restore water flow to your sink. Keep an eye out for any leaks as the water pressure builds.

Check for Leaks

Turn on your new faucet and let the water run for a minute or two. Inspect all the connections, including the water supply lines and the base of the faucet, for any signs of leaking. If you spot a leak, turn the water off immediately and double-check that all connections are properly tightened.

Clean Up and Finish Installation

Congratulations, you’ve successfully installed your new bathroom faucet. Now it’s time to tidy up and admire your handiwork.

Remove Excess Putty or Caulk

If you used a plumber’s putty or silicone caulk during installation, you might have some excess oozing out around the base of the faucet. Wait for it to dry slightly, then carefully scrape it away with your putty knife. Use a damp cloth or some rubbing alcohol to remove any residue.

Wipe Down the Faucet and Sink

Give your new faucet and sink a final wipe-down with a soft cloth. Make sure to remove any fingerprints, water spots, or debris. If you really want to go the extra mile, install a matching drain to complete the look. 

And there you have it. You’ve successfully replaced your bathroom faucet like a pro. Stand back and admire your work – you deserve it. Now, go enjoy a well-earned victory shower under that shiny new faucet.

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And there you have it – a shiny new faucet, installed by yours truly! Learning how to change a bathroom sink faucet isn’t as daunting as it seems, is it? With the right tools and a bit of patience, you’ve just saved yourself a chunk of change and upgraded your bathroom’s style in one fell swoop.

But the benefits don’t stop there. Now that you’ve got the skills, you can tackle any faucet that comes your way. Leaky kitchen sink? No problem. Outdated fixtures in the guest bath? You’ve got this. And just think of the pride you’ll feel every time you turn on that tap, knowing you did it yourself.

So go ahead, admire your handiwork. And remember, whether you’re a seasoned DIYer or a first-time faucet changer, you’ve got the power to transform your space – one fixture at a time. Happy plumbing, my friend!

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FAQs in Relation to How to Change Bathroom Sink Faucet

Can I replace a bathroom sink faucet myself?

Yes, with the right tools and a bit of know-how, you can swap out that faucet on your own.

Do you need a plumber to change a faucet?

Nope. Most folks manage without one, but if pipes aren’t your thing, calling in a pro might be best.

Is it hard to change a sink faucet?

Not really. It’s more about following steps carefully than dealing with anything too complex.

How do you remove a bathroom sink faucet?

Cut off the water supply, disconnect lines below the sink, and then unscrew the nuts holding the old unit. Out it comes.