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How to replace a bathroom faucet

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How to replace a bathroom faucet

One of the key components in bathrooms is the faucet – so naturally it is important that they are properly maintained to remain in good working order. There are a number of things that can go wrong with faucets, most of which are minor and relatively easy to fix.

However the seemingly benign nature of a dripping faucet causes a lot of people to neglect to fix the problem, when in reality it can increase bills, not to mention waste hundreds of litres of water.

Faucet leaks can stem from a problem such as a washer that needs replacing. However sometimes it requires a faucet to be replaced altogether.

While the replacement of a faucet can be a time consuming operation, many new faucet units are designed to be put together simply by the homeowner, and come with instructions on how to do so.

There are geographical exceptions as certain regions in Australia only allow licensed plumbers to carry out work inside pipes and tapware.

To operate on a faucet the first thing to do is turn off the water supply, which can be found in bathrooms under the sink. Here, there are two supply lines coming out of the wall and going into the faucet. Each one should have a valve (one for hot, one for cold) which needs turning clockwise. This stops water from spilling out when disassembling the faucet.

Each tube has a nut above the valve, which needs to be loosened, allowing the tubes to be lifted out of the valves. At this point the tapware will spill some excess water so it is useful to have a bowl or a towel handy.

With the tubing removed, the nut that holds the faucet in place needs to follow suit. There may even be two or three of these, and most will find it the most arduous part of the task. The loosening of the nut is best carried with a basin wrench. This should enable the pipes and faucet to be lifted directly from the sink.

Old tubing may be also be worth replacing, especially if it is flexible. Braided stainless steel supply lines offer a good option for eliminating the possibility of flooding from bursting tapware.

Once the old faucet unit has been removed, clean around the holes where it was positioned and the sink to remove any build up of foreign matter. Acid cleaner or vinegar can be good for this. It is also important that the replacement faucet completely covers the hole that the old one fitted into. A wide variety of faucets are available, meaning all styles of bathrooms will have something that can complement them.

Once the tube is attached to the new faucet it can be installed into the sink. When tightening the new nuts and bolts to hold the faucet in place from under the sink, it is important not to fasten them too tightly at first because the faucet could end up being misaligned. Before applying the final turns in fastening the nuts, check to make sure the faucet is straight.

Now the tubes can be installed into the valves beneath the sink, which can then be turned back on. Try turning on the water and checking for leaks, and doing so again after ten minutes. If there are leaks, fastenings may need tightening; if not then job is complete.Article compliments of Bunnings

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