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DIY Guide to Simple Makeovers
Turn off the hot and cold water lines.
The cutoff valves (there should be 2) should be lo-
cated beneath the sink. Very rarely they will be located
somewhere else, such as in a basement or utility shed.
Usually, turning the valves clockwise shuts them off.
You can leave the tap running slightly while you turn
the valves if you want to know for sure. Be very gentle,
especially if it's been a long time since the valves have
Faucets are one of the many items you use everyday in your home. Think
about it -- it is constantly turned on and off in your kitchen, your bathroom, at
your face sink, even outdoors. It is usually a very durable fixture but when it
gives up the ghost and you have to replace it, you've got just two options -- call
the plumber or roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. If you choose the DIY
way, use this Wikihow guide to be on the right track:
• New faucet and included accessories
• Phillips screwdriver or Allen wrench
• Plumber's putty
• Plumber's tape (optional)
• Putty knife or utility knife
Place new putty onto the new deck plate.
If your faucet came with a rubber or plastic gasket
instead of a putty plate, set it onto the appropriate
hole(s) on your sink. If your faucet did not come with
a putty plate or a gasket, place plumber's putty on
the underside of the rim of the deck plate. Put this
string of plumber's putty into the groove of the deck
plate and lightly press it into place.
Turn on the existing faucet.
This will relieve pressure in the water lines and let you
check to be sure that the pipes are turned off. If the
faucet has 2 controls, make sure they are both empty be-
fore continuing. This means turning both handles or, if
you have an omni-directional handle, turning it to both far
sides to fully empty the supply line.
Detach the existing faucet from the sink.
Unscrew the nuts that hold the faucet to the sink. These
are typically located underneath the sink, directly below
where the faucet connects to the sink. These nuts are
sometimes recognizable because they do not look quite
like normal nuts if the sink is fairly modern (looking in-
stead more like a target or clock). If the nuts are on top of
the sink, remove the handles and deck plates. This will
allow you to access the nuts.
Install the washers and mounting hardware.
Usually this means fastening with a nut and washer
at each of the bolts holding the deck plate, as well as
a nut and washer holding the faucet itself at the
center. Be sure to follow the faucet manufacturer's
instructions. Use your hands to tighten the nuts.
Verify that the deck plate and faucet are in the ap-
propriate place. Use a wrench to tighten the nuts
the rest of the way. Be careful not to over-tighten
Clean the sink surface.
You want to be sure that the new fixture is going down on a
clean surface. Remove any grime and putty, as necessary. A
putty knife is the best tool for this task. Be extra sure to re-
move mold and rust, to keep these from creating problems
with the new fixture.
Turn off the hot and cold water lines.
Remove excess plumber's putty from the surface
of the sink and faucet base. Use a putty knife or a
utility knife. You may want to further seal this area
with caulk or a similar sealant later, if the connec-
tion isn't strong enough.
Connect the water supply lines.
Use your hands to tighten the supply lines to the
faucet's water connections. Tighten the connec-
tions further with a wrench. If the water supply
lines appear old or cracked, replace them as well.
Turn the supply lines on.
Make sure the faucet is in the 'off' position. Check
for leaks in the supply lines and faucet. Check for
leaks again with the faucet on. If a leak is found,
evaluate each step you completed to make sure it
was done properly. Some connections might work
better with or require plumbers tape. If there are
still leaks, contact the manufacturer of the faucet or
a professional plumber for further guidance. If no
leaks are found, you are finished.
Keep some extra towels and a bucket around to catch
water in case of leaks.
• Plumber's putty keeps water out of the cabinet below the
• Be careful not to over tighten the nuts or supply lines while
installing your faucet.
• Handles and deck plates can typically be removed by using a
Phillips screwdriver or Allen wrench.
• Some hot and cold water supply lines require plumber's tape
around their threaded part. If this is the case with yours,
wrap the tape around in a counterclockwise fashion.
• Recheck the new faucet periodically for leaks. This will help
you avoid water damage.
Written with information from Wikihow.
Place the new deck plate and faucet.
Make sure that all of the holes are accounted for. If
you are changing the method with which the faucet
mounts, you may need to drill a new hole for the
mounting hardware (moving from one mounting
point to two, for example). Follow the manufac-
turer's instructions to prepare your deck plate and
faucet to be put in place. This usually means mount-
ing two bolts onto the deck plate. Sometimes the
faucet may need to be added after the deck plate,
sometimes it may be necessary to do them both at
the same time.
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