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Installing and Repairing a Faucet

By Francine L. Huff
Installing and Repairing a Faucet

Installing a new faucet can dress up an old sink and end annoying drips. With the right tools installing a faucet should only take about an hour. Here's what you need to know.

Removing an Old Faucet

Before installing or repairing a faucet you'll need to shut off the water by turning the main water valve or the two valves under the faucet. You'll also disconnect the water supply lines from the shutoff valve if you're replacing them, but if you're keeping them just disconnect them from the faucet. If the nuts are too tight to loosen you may need to use a basin wrench or pliers. Apply a penetrating oil if the nuts are rusted. Clean up any buildup on the sink after removing the faucet. You can use a solution of vinegar and water to loosen this buildup.

Choose the Right Faucet

Kitchen and bathroom faucets can be top or bottom mounted. Make sure you measure your opening to get the right size and type. Measure the holes for the faucet. Most kitchen and bathroom faucets mix the hot and cold water, which then comes out through one spout. Kitchen faucets also may have a spray hose.

Bathroom Faucets

When repairing a bathroom faucet you may have to go behind the wall. If you have a wall panel you can remove it to make repairs. Some tubs have small closets behind them that allow access for plumbing.

It's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions when repairing or installing a faucet. Make sure you have all the tools and supplies you need before starting any repair job.

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