Whenever you are dealing with faucet handle replacement you will find that it is not a very difficult task. The handle itself is just a small part of the faucet that you will have to deal with. You will find that whenever you are dealing with faucet repair of any kind, this is usually a basic and simple job. However, there are still a few things that you will have to keep in mind.
Step 1 – Prepare
The first thing that you are going to need to do is go underneath the sink to your cabinet. Clean out all of the contents that are underneath your sink so that you will have more space to work. If you happen to have a pedestal sink, then this is not something that you are going to have to worry about.
Step 2 – Turn Water Off
Once you have the contents underneath your sink cleaned out, you are now ready to turn the water off. You will find the hot and cold water inlet sources are underneath the sink. They will be much easier to find and get to whenever you do not have a lot of clutter in the way. However, if you cannot find them, then simply turn off the main water source.
Step 3 – Drain
Get out your drain basin and place it underneath your faucet. You will need to make sure that it is underneath the lines so that it can catch all of the water. If you have a pedestal sink, then use a really thick towel.
Step 4 – Retaining Nuts
You will need to get behind the faucet assembly and find the 2 faucet retaining nuts. Use your hand wrench to loosen them and then remove them from the shanks by hand. Once you have done this, if you have a pop up stopper then disconnect it as well. With your pliers, turn the retaining nut that is in your drain pipe counterclockwise. You will then need to get the clip detached on the stopper handle.
Step 5 – Remove Faucet
Take out your faucet. It is a good idea to take it to the store whenever you get your replacement so that you can get the proper measurements. If you do not wish to do this, then simply get the distance between the faucet’s holes in your sink measured.
Step 6 – Insert Faucet
You will need to get plumber’s putty applied to the groove that goes underneath the chrome frame of your new faucet assembly. Once you have done this, insert the faucet assembly into your sink and replace the shank nuts. Tighten the nuts, do so completely if you do not have a pop up drain stopper. If you do, then leave the nuts loose enough so that you can reattach the stopper.
Step 7 – Finish Up
Get plumber’s thread seal wrapped around the connections. Attach the cold and hot water lines to the right part of the faucet assembly. Clean the excess putty from the faucet and allow time for it to dry.