Your shiny new bathroom sink, along with a new faucet and countertop, will jazz up your bathroom design as much as new flooring and accessories, and for a lot less money. Before you start the installation process though, make sure you have all the measurements you need to connect the sink to the drain including the inside the pipe fittings and how much space there is underneath your sink.Continue reading →
It is Time to Replace Your Faucet
Is it time to replace a faucet in your kitchen or bathroom? While some people may think that it is a challenge replacing a leaky or outdated faucet isn’t always as difficult as you may think. You can easily tackle the project with a basin wrench and a few other common tools. Usually, it will only take about an hour. The same steps will apply if you are installing a new faucet onto a new sink.
Removing the old faucet:
Step 1: Turn off the water supply. The valves are typically under the sink. If not, turn the water off at the main valve. Then turn on the faucet to relieve any water pressure left in the lines.
Step 2: Disconnect the supply lines from the faucet. Use a basin wrench if you can’t reach the connections with your hands.
Step 3: Disconnect the lift rod, and then remove the nuts from under the faucet.
Remove the drain:
Step 4: Unscrew the slip nut on the P-trap. Put a bucket underneath to catch water in the trap.
Step 5: Disconnect the drain flange from the tailpiece. It should unscrew.
Step 6: Clean the old drain and faucet holes. Mineral spirits can help to remove old silicone sealant.
Install the New Faucet:
Step 7: Follow the manufacturer’s directions for specific installation instructions. Most installations begin with installing the gasket on the bottom of the faucet. Some require sealant of plumber’s putty. Then put the faucet through the mounting holes in the sink and tighten the mounting nuts.
Step 8: Not all faucets come preassembled, so you may have to attach the handles. It is relatively easy. Slip the guide ring onto the bottom of the handle, position it on the faucet base, and secure with the setscrew. A setscrew is a tiny screw on the underside of the handle. Your faucet probably came with a hex wrench to tighten it.
Step 9: Next move onto the drain. Screw the nut all the way down on the drain body and push the gasket over it. Some gaskets are threaded and simply screw into place.
Step 10: Apply just a little bit of silicone under the flange. Position the drain body on the bottom of the sink- making sure the pivot hole is facing the back- and screw the flange on from the top side.
Step 11: Underneath, tighten the nut and gasket. On the top, use mineral spirits to clean up excess silicone.
Step 12: Install the drain rod next. Unscrew the pivot nut on the drain body, insert the horizontal rod through the hole in the stopper, and replace the nut. Push the horizontal rod down and secure the lift rod to the strap with the screw. Test the lift rod.
Step 13: Reconnect the supply lines to the faucet. If your sink is already in place, use a basin wrench to reach the faucet shanks.
Step 14: Flush the faucet by removing the aerator. This gets rid of debris or sediment in the faucet. Some faucets include a handy little tool to unscrew the aerator. When you’re done, keep it inside your vanity or with the rest of your tools. Turn on the hot and cold water for about a minute. Check all of the connections for leaks and retighten if necessary. Screw the aerator back on and you are done.
If you are in the market for a new kitchen or bathroom faucet, contact us at Plumbtile and we can help you pick from many options of quality kitchen and bathroom faucets for your home.
How To Make Your Own Mosaic Top Table
Have fun with mosaic tile! Sometimes our favorite furniture starts to look a little worn down, or we find a great piece at a thrift store or garage sale, but it needs a little sprucing up. There are so many ways to give that old table or nightstand a fresh new look. The best way to give new life to your furniture is to create a tabletop tile mosaic. Not only is it simple, but the pattern possibilities are endless. Continue reading →
How to Install Your New Shower Stall
If you’re thinking about replacing your shower stall, you’re probably wondering if you need to hire a professional. You will want to know about plumbing or have someone who knows about plumbing to assist you. Continue reading →
DIY: Install Your New Bathtub!
Are you looking to create an oasis in your bathroom? Plan on starting with a bathtub that you can relax in. The bathtub can be your relaxing and stress-free zone to forget about the day. If you are planning on remodeling your bathroom which includes a new soaking tub, follow these simple steps for installing your new tub…and enjoy!
Follow these steps and you will see you can install your new bathtub on your own!
Installing Mosaic Tiles For Your Home
Do you love interior design? Do you want to add an artistic flair to any room in your house? Well then, why not go with mosaic? You can do the installation all by yourself. You do not need to be an expert, in order to, bring an exotic look to your home. It is really no trouble at all. It can be applied to walls, ceilings, and even light traffic flooring. You can create a picture that will feel like an imprint. There are very simple steps you can follow…
Renovating the Family Bathroom
When you’re renovating your bathroom for the entire family, there are so many things to consider. It’s even harder in small or shared spaces. So how is everyone being accommodated? Continue reading →
Five Steps To Make Your Home Green
As you build your new home, there are so many decisions you need to make. Location, style, materials…etc. But have you thought of ways you can save money as well as your environment? Adding Green elements can benefit you and your future in so many ways. You can add green materials and products that will help you gain lower energy costs and make the house more viable when it’s time to sell in the future if you wish. Continue reading →
7 Updates for Your Bathroom
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DIY: Installing Your Kitchen Sink
You are remodeling your kitchen and now it is time to install your new kitchen sink. It is easier than you think! Here is a step-by-step guide! Continue reading →