Installing a Wall Mount Bathroom Faucet
A wall-mount bathroom faucet is a great addition to a modern bathroom. Mounting the faucets to the wall allows you to use the popular vessel sinks or just simply create a cleaner, less crowded look to your bathroom.
Step 1 - Finding the Location for the Faucets
The first step to mounting your wall mount bathroom faucet is to find the proper location. Bathroom sinks are usually mounted 30 inches above the floor, so use that measurement as a guide. Once you have the proper height for the faucets, use the level to draw a line at that height on the drywall.
Step 2 - Preparing the Plumbing
Unless you are installing the wall-mount bathroom faucet in a newly framed bathroom, you will need to cut into the drywall and install some new water supply lines. The first step is to find the main water supply valve and shut it off.
Use the drywall saw to cut into the wall from the floor to a few inches above the height of the new faucets. The existing plumbing should be exposed at this point. Use the pipe cutter or a hack saw to cut and remove the hot and cold supply lines. There may be some left over water in the pipes so have a bucket and some rags ready to catch this water.
Step 3 - Installing the Faucet Support Blocks
Cut the 2 by 4 lumber to fit in between the wall studs at the height of your new wall mount bathroom faucets. Toenail these support pieces to the wall studs using galvanized nails or screws.
Step 4 – Connecting Water Supply Lines
Take the pipe cutter and cut new copper piping to connect from the water supply lines to the new wall-mount bathroom faucets. Use the Emory cloth to clean and roughen every surface of the copper that will require soldering. Dry fit all of your copper pipes and connections and make sure everything is the correct height for the faucets.
Step 5 – Attach Pipe Sections
Take the pieces apart and using the soldering paste, and using the portable soldering torch, solder all the pipes, elbows and T-fittings together. Clean the solder joints using a wet rag. Attach the completed pipe sections to the support blocks using copper strapping and galvanized screws.
Step 6 – Paint Wall
Turn the main water supply to your house back on and test the new plumbing for leaks. Repair any leaks before closing up the wall using the drywall, drywall tape and joint compound. You can sand and paint the wall before continuing or it can be after the faucets are installed.
Step 5 - Installing the New Faucets
At this point, you should have the hot and cold supply lines and the faucet supply line sticking out of your wall. Take a measurement of where your bathroom sink will be located. The wall mount bathroom faucet needs to extend far enough from the wall to reach the center of the sink.
Now attach the faucet and supply handles to the copper tubing. Always mount the "Hot" valve on the left and the "Cold" valve on the right.