When designing, remodeling, or updating your bathroom, you’ll find that as you gather your ideas, a trend will emerge in what you are most interested in. If you are going for a sleek, modern look, you’ll find chrome accessories that suit your style. The same is true if you are looking for a more nostalgic or old-style look. You’ll also find lovely extras such as vanity chairs, lotion dispensers, glass canisters, and many other items with chrome trim that you can further decorate with.Continue reading →
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 →
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 While some people may think that it is a challenge replacing a leaky or outdated faucet isn’t always as difficult as you may think.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.
Expecting guests over anytime soon? There’s no better time to give your guest a bath makeover, and a new faucet is a perfect place to start. Surprisingly, it’s simpler than you think. From start to finish, it can be completed in one afternoon. You’ll spend more time shopping for the perfect fixture than actually installing it.
Do you have a leaky faucet that you need to change or repair?
All of the sudden you notice your faucet has been leaking water down your cabinets. Oh no, this can become a real mess. You may think that fixing this is difficult and complex to do. That really isn’t the case. You can actually fix this yourself. Most problems are caused by worn washers or cartridges, or a worn valve seat in the body of the faucet. Spout O-rings can cause leaks, as well as O-rings on valve bodies can cause leaks as well. Continue reading →
It is time to update your bathroom and you have so many choices of sinks to pick from. In bathrooms, especially in small bathrooms, make homeowners choose the pedestal sinks.
Pedestal sinks are elegant, space saving solutions that have existed in bathrooms for hundreds of years. These are slightly more complicated to install than a standard sink, so a DIY guide can be helpful so you can conquer this task yourself. Continue reading →
When you replace your faucet, be sure to choose a high quality faucet with brass fittings as to make sure longevity is guaranteed. Many manufacturers have warranties for their fixtures, so check with them before you order.
PlumbTile features some of the top brand name faucet manufacturers. So stop by Plumbtile first to pick out your new faucet to compliment your bathroom. Plumbtile.com stocks the widest array of contemporary and traditional faucet and tap designs.