Replacing Bathroom Fixtures?
Replacing bathroom fixtures can be costly and frustrating but it doesn’t have to be. Depending on how hard you hunt for the right bathroom fixture, you can find something affordable, appropriate, and gorgeous that suits your décor. The first step is to decide how much you are willing to spend. Once you have this ballpark figure, it will be easier to start shopping. Next, you will need to determine the size and shape of sink that you will need in order to fit the dimensions and placement of various features in your bathroom or kitchen.
Tips On Installing Bathroom Fixtures
In order to replace a faucet, check first to see how many openings there are in your sink and how far apart they are. Bathroom faucets in particular can have a variety of faucet styles which will need to be matched for ease of replacement. Once you have established what kind of faucet you require, go invest in a good quality one that you will be able to use for an extended amount of time.
Before beginning your replacement, review the instructions provided by the manufacturer and defer to their instructions when in doubt. You may wish to consider purchasing a basin wrench for this project as it will be extremely useful in removing the old faucet and installing the new one. Finally, remove everything from under the sink and store it out of the way. Make sure you have plenty of light and turn off the water supply to the faucet and you’re ready to start.
First, loosen the tube nut just above the valve on each tube and lift the tubes out of the valves. Water will come out of each tube as they drain back from the faucet so be sure to have a towel handy to collect water. It is a good idea to replace tubing at this point, especially if it is getting old or made of a flexible material. The best material for these tubes is braided stainless steel reinforced supply lines which virtually eliminate the possibility of flooding due to a line bursting.
Second, remove the large nuts which hold the faucet in place. There can be anywhere from 1-3 of these nuts and this may be the hardest part of the job. If you are unable to reach them, you will require a basin wrench as discussed above. Third, lift the old faucet up and out of the sink and give the sink a good cleaning.
Fourth, assemble the new faucet and slip it into place through the holes in the sink. Fifth, tighten the new nut from below the sink and stop when you get close. Sixth, check that the faucet is standing upright and not at an angle before you finish tightening the nut.
Seventh, insert the tubes into the valves under the sink and tighten the tube nuts. And lastly, turn on the water and check that your faucet is working correctly with no leaks. If necessary tighten the nuts a little more and check once more for leaks.
Need Some Help?
If you’re finding it difficult to install your bathroom fixtures, HY-PRO is always here to help. Our trained and experienced professionals are here to ensure that your bathroom fixtures are installed properly in a timely manner and within your budget. For any questions or concerns, contact us today!