How to Replace Sink Fixtures

Replacing dated or damaged sink hardware is an easy way to make your bathroom or kitchen look updated. You may think that a job like this requires hiring a plumber and going without running water for hours or even days, but it is really a simple and quick process. If you are good at following directions and are willing to invest in the correct supplies, this is a home-repair task that you can easily do yourself.

  • Measuring tape
  • New fixture or faucet and handles
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Basin wrench
  • Plumber's putty (optional)
  • Thread seal tape
Count the number of holes that your sink has for both the faucet and the faucet handles.

Measure how far each hole is from both sides of the sink. Measure the distance between the holes. Measure between the wall and each hole. Draw a picture or a diagram if this will help you remember the pattern.

Visit the hardware store and choose a new fixture set or a faucet and handles that match the existing pattern on your sink.

Locate your home's water shutoff valve and turn off the main water supply. Look beneath the sink to find the hot and cold supply valves. Turn both all the way open to relieve any built-up pressure in the existing faucet.

Use a basin wrench to detach the hot and cold supply tubes from underneath the existing faucet. Use an adjustable wrench to remove the tubing from the top of the hot and cold water-supply valves to avoid any accidents.

Use the basin wrench to unscrew the nuts holding the existing faucet to the vanity. Lift and remove the old faucet.

Place the new fixture(s) into place and use the basin wrench to secure it with the included nuts to the vanity. Apply a layer of plumber's putty beforehand, if required for your particular faucet.

Wrap the free ends of the bolts of the new faucet with thread seal tape, following the threads of the bolts.

Use the basin wrench to reattach the hot and cold water-supply tubes to the faucet and use the adjustable wrench to secure the other ends of the tubes to the tops of the hot and cold water valves.

Remove the aerator from the faucet by unscrewing it, and run the water for a few minutes. Check all around the new fixture and underneath the sink for any leaks. Replace the aerator.

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