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New Faucets and Spigots

Most of us dread the idea of replacing anything that has to do with plumbing, and updating faucets and spigots is no different. The time will come when a leaky faucet or an old spigot gets worn out and ugly and you will have to change it, or you may just want to change the look of your sink.

In any case, when that time comes, you can save money by doing the installation yourself. Don't let the thought of doing the job get you down. With the right tools and a little patience, you can change a faucet or spigot without undue hardship.

Before getting started, visit your local hardware store and talk to someone in the plumbing department. Most hardware stores such as Lowe's, Orchards, and the Home Depot hire associates with some plumbing experience who can give you helpful tips on how to make the job as easy as possible. Don't be ashamed to ask for advice.

While there, you should purchase the new faucets or spigots you want to install, and if you don't have the right tools, an adjustable wrench, vice grips, putty knife, plumbers putty, and pipe tape, you can find them there, too.

Below is a guide that can help you:

  • Turn off the water supply. Most newer homes have a faucet valve under the sink. If there is none, you may have to turn off the water valve located on the outside of your home.
  • Place a bucket or other container under the sink to catch any water that may come out. Turn on the faucet and let any remaining water drain into the bucket.
  • Under the sink you will find lines for the hot and cold water. Disconnect the mounting nuts that connect the faucet to the basin. They will be found at the base of the sink.
  • Remove the old fixture from the basin and clean the area of all old putty and grime using a dry rag.
  • Set the mounting gasket on the sink and place the new faucet on the gasket. Make sure that it is level.
  • Look under the basin and place washers onto the faucet. Tighten locking nuts with the adjustable wrench.
  • Place plumber's tape around the threads of the water supply lines. Screw on the water supply nuts and connect water supply lines into the new faucet.
  • Turn on the water supply valves.
  • Carefully check for leaks.
  • Let water run for a minute or two so any debris in the pipes can run out.
  • Turn water supply valves off and replace the aerator screen.
  • Turn on water supply valves.

Changing a faucet can be done without spending a lot of time and money and it can enhance the appearance of a kitchen or bathroom. The main thing is not waiting until your pipe connections have dry rotted and becomes brittle. In such a case, you may have to change a pipe or two, too.

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