How to Install a New Faucet Hole Cover

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What You'll Need
Faucet hole cover
Cleaning supplies

Depending on your sink model, there may be unused faucet holes in your sink basin. A faucet hole cover is one of the best ways of preventing these holes from being too noticeable. It's actually very easy to install a new faucet hole cover as long as you have the right tools and materials required.

A faucet hole cover should be fitted in the space in under an hour because it's such a simple project to complete.

Step 1 - Prepare the Hole

In order to use the faucet hole cover you will first need to prepare the hole. If there is already a faucet fitted then make sure this is removed. You will also need to thoroughly clean the hole so that it is free from any residue. Soap, toothpaste and various other things all make their way into an uncovered faucet hole. By ensuring that the hole is free of these things you will be able to fit the faucet hole properly, so that it is snug and tight.

Step 2 - Choose Your Faucet Hole Cover

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Most faucet holes are the same size so this will make choosing the right faucet hole cover relatively easy. However, you will need to spend time choosing the right color and material. A stainless steel sink for example deserves a stainless steel hole cover, whereas a white bathroom sink will look much better with a white cover. There are lots of different types of cover available, just ensure that you are choosing a cover that will fit your sink.

Step 3 - Unpack the Faucet Hole Cover

You will now need to unpack the faucet hole cover. There are generally two different types of hole cover: those which clip into a hole or the much better quality hole covers which use a wing nut to tighten around the sink. Read any instructions which come with your faucet hole cover to check that you are fitting it correctly.

Step 4 - Fit the Faucet Hole Cover

The faucet hole cover now needs to be fitted. This is actually very easy, start by putting the cover through the hole so the threaded bar passes right through the sink. Now place the washer over the threaded spindle and tighten it up using the supplied wing nut. This needs to be done up fairly tightly to reduce the size of gaps. Only tighten the nut by hand to avoid overtightening, which could damage the sink.

Step 5 - Finishing Touches

Once you have finished this you are ready for some finishing touches. You can cut the excess threaded bolt off so that it doesn't protrude too far. You may also want to use caulking to seal any gaps between the sink and the faucet hole cover if required.