Installing Bathroom Faucets: Wall Mounted
Installing bathroom faucets especially the wall mounted ones should be fairly easy to install as long as the plumbing does not need to be moved or unless you are planning to install a faucet mixer inside the wall with just the faucets and spout showing. If you are planning to do one or both of these two things, you will need to temporarily cut away a piece of the wall to get at the plumbing.
Why to focus upon wall mounted faucets or faucet mixers? They are particularly useful for either enhancing a minimalist look or to prevent damage to an antique bathtub or vanity which does not have holes for mounting faucets. Mixers installed externally normally include a cover plate to hide the stub outs once they have been installed. If the mixer is the kind without a cover plate it is as simple as installing two separate wall mounted faucets. This kind has the advantage that if the stub outs donít match up exactly with the faucets, being either too far apart or too close together, you can get very neat angled adapters to correct this problem. The wall mounted faucet has an escutcheon, or cover, that will hide the part of the pipe between the faucet handle and the wall. The stub outs will need compression fittings to provide a thread for the faucets. The covers will hide them and the faucets will be screwed on, using plumberís tape, snug against the covers.
Installing Bathroom Faucets when Mounted in the Pre Drilled Holes in the Fixture
Ensure that the water pipe stub outs from the wall are long enough to accommodate your shutoff valve and compression fitting. Then you can attach the flexible water pipes that lead to the faucets. Shutoff valves are so useful for any time in the future that you want to work on the faucets. Then you wonít have to turn off your main water supply every time.
If you are installing bathroom faucets in a sink, the holes are usually accessible from both sides. Some faucets are bottom mounted and you tighten them from the top after applying a bead of silicone caulking or plumberís putty. Before the silicone or putty has set hard, wipe away the excess that was squeezed out when you tightened the nuts.
Frequently the faucets are top mounted. If the sink has not yet been installed, you will find it easier to install the faucets before the sink is placed into its final position. Then you can turn it upside down to get at the nuts to tighten the faucets. Otherwise you will have to work from underneath the installed sink with a flashlight to tighten the nuts. Incidentally, you can also install the drain mechanism at the same time. It will save you a lot of PT later!
Assemble the new faucets in the holes in the sink with plumberís putty or silicone caulking, according to the instructions that came with them. Attach the flexible water pipes to the faucets. Wherever a tight seal is required, always use a really good quality plumberís tape to avoid leaks.
Installing bathroom faucets in pre-drilled holes in a bathtub needs to be done before the bathtub is installed. There are two exceptions. Either it is a free standing bathtub with the holes readily accessible from both sides, or it is a built in bathtub with a little service hatch to enable you to reach the undersides of the holes. The faucets are installed in the same way as for a sink. Normally a mixer is used on a bathtub and very frequently on sinks as well. You need to be sure that the mixers match the holes that are pre-drilled in both fixtures.
Installing Bathroom Faucets: Shower Faucets
When installing bathroom faucets in the shower, you need to follow the instructions that came with the new faucets you bought.The stub outs should be protruding from the wall and you will need a compression fitting to fasten on to each to provide a threaded section. Onto these you will screw on the new faucets with covers to hide the protruding section of piping. Before you do that, you need to cover the threads with a good quality plumberís tape and ensure a good seal.
Remember when installing bathroom faucets, whenever you work on your water inlet pipes and you turn your main water supply back on, always flush the toilets or run the outside faucets on to flush away any debris that may have ended up in the pipes, before you turn on your new faucets.
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