Replacing bath and shower faucets is one of the easiest home improvement projects for a do-it-yourselfer to do. The process of replacing a new bath and shower faucet involves purchasing new faucets, removing the existing faucets, securing them in place using a plumber's wrench and plumber's tape and testing the connection to check for leaks. This type of project can be accomplished in a short couple of hours over a weekend and does not require expert training or skill.
In order to replace a bath and shower faucet in your home you will need the following tools and materials as well as the steps and processes described below.
Step 1: Purchase Replacement Bath and Shower Faucet
You will need to go to a kitchen and bath center at a home improvement store in order to select a replacement bath and shower faucet for your bathroom. At the kitchen and bath center you can choose among different styles and types of bath and shower faucets that are available for purchase. Go with the type of bath and shower faucet that goes best with your current bathroom decor.
Look for a bath and shower faucet that has a diverter valve for the shower in the case of a dual bath and shower.
Step 2: Remove the Existing Bath and Shower Faucet
Before you begin the process of removing the existing bath and shower faucet for the purpose of replacing them with new ones, shut off the water valve to the bath tub. This will prevent any water from exploding out at you should you pull too hard on the water pipe to which the faucet is connected and it becomes dislodged. Remember to turn the valve back on after the installation in order to test the installation of your new bath and shower faucet.
Use a plumber's wrench to remove the existing bath and shower faucet. Use gentle pressure and turn the faucet counter clockwise in order to remove it from the drain pipe. You should be able to unscrew the faucet by hand once you get it started with the plumber's wrench. Check the threads on the drain pipe to make sure that they are not stripped or damaged in any way.
Step 3: Place the New Bath and Shower Faucet on the Drain Pipe
With the old bath and shower faucet removed from the drain pipe, take the new bath and shower faucet and place it on. Place plumber's tape on the threads of the drain pipe to provide an additional seal. Turn the bath and shower faucet clockwise and continue to do so until the bath and shower faucet is upright and tight in position. Turn on the water valve and run the water to check for any leaks. If there are no leaks you have completed the replacement of the bath and shower faucet.