How to Install a Center Set Faucet How to Install a Center Set Faucet
If you want to change the look of your sink, or are tired of your old faucet constantly dripping, then you may want to consider installing a new and stylish center set faucet. After installing your new faucet, you will not only give your sink a new look, you're getting rid of the nuisance of the drip, and also saving money. Follow these simple steps to install your center set faucet.
Step 1: Select Suitable Style and Size
Faucets come in many styles and sizes. Normally, faucets have 2 knobs, or a lever controlling the flow of water, and a spout. Choose the style that you prefer. Select the most suitable shape, according to your needs, such as tall faucets or low set faucets. Ensure that the finish of your faucet matches the other fixtures, and converges well with your room decor. Measure the openings of your sink, to make sure you buy a new faucet that fits these openings.
Step 2: Remove the Old Faucet
To prepare to remove your old faucet, make sure the water is turned off in your sink, and the space below your sink is clean. If it is not, clean the area to ensure maximum comfort when working. Put on goggles to protect your eyes. Detach the water line and use a wrench to remove the nuts which fasten the faucet to the sink. Remove the faucet's connection to the pop-up drain. Ensure the space around the openings of the sink is clean, or the new faucet might not position well. Be careful not to scrape the surface of the sink.
Step 3: Installing New Faucet
Outline the holes in your sink with silicone caulk or plumber’s putty. Cultured marble and other composite materials are easily damaged by plumber’s putty, so if you have such surfaces use silicon. Place the gasket of the faucet onto the faucet and place the faucet into position.
Step 4: Tighten the Nuts
Go beneath the sink and use your hands to secure the basin screws. Ensure that you tighten the hot water and cold water sides evenly, or you may crack the sink. To place the faucet in the center of the sink, measure it accordingly. Secure the nuts under the sink as much as possible, by hand.
Step 5: Reconnect Water Lines
Ensure that the nuts are tight enough. Carefully, reattach the water lines. Make sure the hot water is connected properly and the cold water is connected likewise.
Step 6: Check for Leaks
Switch the water back on, to make sure the faucet is not leaking and there are no further leaks under the sink.
Step 7: Connect the Pop-up Drain
If there are no leaks, complete your installation by re-attaching the pop-up drain to the connection beneath the faucet. Clean the work area, as there will be water leakages and drips under the sink arising from the process of opening and closing all the water pipes.