Replacing a faucet is something just about anyone can do. It is something that usually doesn’t require professional assistance. With that said, below are a few things you should know about faucet repair.
1. Be Prepared And Choose The Right Faucet – You want to be prepared and you want to have the faucet you want to replace. Bring the unit with you to the hardware store and then choose the new faucet you want. Bringing your old faucet with you makes things a lot easier and can make choosing a faucet a lot faster.
There are many faucet designs on the market and you have many choices. For example, if you have a bathtub or sink faucet that needs to be replaced, then you can choose to get a single or double handled faucet. Generally speaking, when it comes to hookups, faucets have a standard size. Kitchen faucets tend to have an 8-inch hookup, while vanity bathroom faucets tend to have 4-inch hookups, and bathtubs tend come in 8-inches.
2. Measurements – You need to take some measurements in order to know what faucet to buy. Use a tape measure and take the measure from the faucet’s handles’ center to the center, if you are using a double handled faucet. For a single-handled faucet, you want to measure the distance between the faucet’s bottom and the water hookup lines. Once you know the size of the faucet, you can remove the old faucet and replace it with the new faucet.
3. Tools Needed – There are a few tools you’ll need to complete this task, and one of the most important tool is a wrench, which you will use to hold the shutoff valve, and you will take out the faucet’s supply line. Not only that, but you’ll want to have a basin wrench on hand or a channel lock pliers, as this will help you remove large nuts that attach to your faucet, but it’s a better idea to use a basin wrench. A basin wrench has a special design, and this is what makes it ideal to use in tight spaces, such as the location where your faucet is mounted to the sink, so consider using a basin wrench for this task.
As previously mentioned, removing and replacing a faucet isn’t that difficult to do. The above tips and advice should help you out. Keep them in mind and you should have no problem replacing your faucet.