How to Install Chrome Plumbing Fittings

Chrome plumbing.
  • 1 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 20-50
What You'll Need
Plumbers putty

Chrome plumbing fittings are not only stylish and can complement any décor, but they are also easy to care for and last a long time. Whether you are replacing the fittings because you've done a total overhaul of your bathroom or just want to freshen it up a little, these instructions will help to make the installation of your new chrome fixtures straightforward.

Step 1 - Buy Fixtures

Before you buy replacement fixtures for your sink and tub, you need to check the measurements of the holes in them so that you can be sure the new faucets will fit correctly. Take a note of the overall width of fitting required and the distance between each of the holes. There is a huge range of faucet designs available so you should be able to find one that fits and will conform to your personal function and style.

Step 2 - Replace Sink Fixture

Turn off the water supply to the sink. Then, turn on the faucet to release any water already in the system. Undo the hot and cold water supply lines using a wrench (a basin wrench can be handy if space is limited). Then, undo the nuts holding the fixture in place on the sink. Remove the faucet and clean any residue from the area so that the new taps will fit securely.

If the drain plug for the sink is opened and closed with a rod on the fixture, you will also need to disconnect that as well. Place plumbers putty in the groove underneath the new faucet and then secure it with the supplied locknuts, making sure that they are tightened securely. Attach the water supply lines and clean any excess putty from the base of the fixture. If necessary, attach the pop-up drain and adjust it as required by moving the lever assembly under the sink.

Step 3 - Replace Tub Fixture

Most plumbers will leave an access panel to allow more easy removal of the tub and shower fixtures. Remove the cover to the panel and turn off the water supply to the tub. Next, loosen and remove all handles on the existing faucet. Disconnect the water supply pipes. If you have copper pipes, you may have to cut these pipes and re-solder a new section for the replacement.

Put plumbers putty underneath the main section of the new fixture then secure it into place. Be sure to wipe away any excess putty that leaks out. Reconnect the supply pipes and attach the faucet handles before turning on the water supply.

Step 4 - Replace Shower Head

Ensure that the water is turned off at the faucet and use a wrench to remove the existing showerhead from the wall pipe or supply hose. Put the new shower head in place, making sure that any supplied washers are in the correct position. Tighten the connection by hand and test it by turning the water supply on. If there are any leaks, you can use a wrench to tighten it further. Be careful that you do not mark the chrome. Placing duct tape over the base will provide a protective layer if necessary.