How to Install a Bathroom Faucet

One-piece faucets, with either one or two handles, are the most popular fixtures for bathroom installations. “Widespread” faucets with separate spout and handles are being installed with increasing frequency.

however. Because the handles are connected to the spout with flex tubes that can be 18″ or longer, widespread faucets can be arranged in many ways.

Now i will give you the correct and perfect recipe in order to install your bathroom faucet. keep reading and focus.

Lavatory Faucets

Bathroom faucets come in four basic mounting styles: centerset, single hole, wall-mounted, and widespread. The type you choose depends largely on the sink or faucet body you are using-the new faucet may need to match the existing fixture. But in any case, the range of designs available in all mounting styles is astounding.

Widespread faucets have a clean, sophisticated look. They come in three pieces instead of one: a hot tap, a cold tap, and a spout. Each piece is mounted separately in its own hole in the sink.

The hot and cold taps (valves) are connected to the spout with reinforced flexible hoses. If your lavatory doesn’t have a predrilled flange, the great advantage to the widespread configuration is that you gain flexibility in locating your spout and handles (probably a bigger advantage for tubs than for lavatories). Even models made for bathroom lavatories, like the one you see here, offer many creative configuration options.

Single-body and centerset faucets are designed to fit into standard hole configurations. Make sure you know your sink’s dimensions before buying the faucet: the most important dimension is the hole spread: 4 inches on center and 8 inches on center are most common.


Widespread faucets allow you to customize the locations and orientation of the faucets and spout in your sink deck.

Single-body faucets are faster and easier to install and are extremely reliable.

Widespread faucets come in three pieces, a spout and two valves. Supply risers carry hot and cold water to the valves, which are turned to regulate the amount of water going to the spout, where the water is mixed.

Water travels from the valves to the spout through flex tubes, which in turn attach to the spout tailpiece via a T-fitting. Three-piece faucets designed to work with a pop-up stopper have a clevis and a lift rod. The handles attach with handle screws that are covered with index caps. An aerator is screwed on the faucet spout after the debris is flushed from the faucet.

The tailpieces of a standard deck-mounted, one-piece bathroom sink faucet are 4″ apart on center. As long as the 2 outside holes in the back of your sink measure 4″ from the center to center, and you have a middle hole for a pop-up stopper, you can put in any standard one-piece bathroom faucet with a pop-up stopper.

The faucet is secured to the sink with mounting nuts that screw onto the tailpieces from below. Also get two flexible stainless steel supply risers for sinks, long enough to replace the old tubes.

These typically attach to the stop valves with 3⁄8″ compression-sized coupling nuts and to the faucet with standard faucet coupling nuts. But take your old tubes and the old compression nuts from the stop valves to the store to ensure a match.

The clevis, lift rod, and pivot rod is parts of the pop-up stopper assembly. The handles attach with handle screws that are covered with index caps.

How to Install a Widespread Faucet?

1-Tools and Materials Needed

  • Heatproof grease
  • Teflon tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Loctite
  • Pipe-joint compound
  • Plumber’s putty
  • New 3-piece faucet
  • Supply lines
  • Channel-type pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Standing flashlight
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Work gloves
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Basin wrench

2-Shut off the water to the existing faucet

And open the valves to drain the water. Disconnect the water-supply tubes from the faucet, and remove the old faucet by unscrewing the mounting nuts.

NOTE: Removing the old faucet and installing the new one may be easiest if you remove the sink from the vanity.

3- Clean Away

Any existing plumber’s putty or sealant from the surface of the sink, then lay a new bead of plumbers putty around each of the 3 openings. Install the 2 valves into the sink cutout openings by inserting the spout and valves and then threading the mounting screws onto the tailpieces from below the sink.

4-Start Installing the Faucet

Steps: 01-02

Insert the shank of the faucet spout through one of the holes in the sink deck (usually the center hole, but you can offset it in one of the end holes if you prefer). If the faucet is not equipped with seals or O-rings for the spout and handles, pack plumber’s putty on the undersides before inserting the valves into the deck. Note: If you are installing the widespread faucet in a new sink deck, drill three holes of the size suggested by the faucet manufacturer.

In addition to mounting nuts, many spout valves for widespread faucets have an open-retainer fitting that goes between the underside of the deck and the mounting nut. Others have only a mounting nut. In either case, tighten the mounting nut with pliers or a basin wrench to secure the spout valve. You may need a helper to keep the spout centered and facing forward.

Steps: 03-04

Mount the valves to the deck using whichever method the manufacturer specifies (it varies quite a bit). In the model seen here, a mounting ring is positioned over the deck hole (with plumber’s putty seal) and the valve is inserted from below. A clip snaps onto the valve from above to hold it in place temporarily (you’ll want a helper for this).

From below, thread the mounting nuts that secure the valves to the sink deck. Make sure the cold water valve (usually has a blue cartridge inside) is in the right-side hole (from the front) and the hot water valve (red cartridge) is in the left hole. Install both valves.

Steps: 05-06

Once you’ve started the nut on the threaded valve shank, secure the valve with a basin wrench, squeezing the lugs where the valve fits against the deck. Use an adjustable wrench to finish tightening the lock nut onto the valve. The valves should be oriented so the water outlets are aimed at the inlet on the spout shank.

Attach the flexible supply tubes (supplied with the faucet) to the water outlets on the valves. Some twist onto the outlets, but others (like the ones above) click into place. The supply hoses meet in a T-fitting that is attached to the water inlet on the spout.

Steps: 07-08

Attach flexible braided-metal supply risers to the water stop valves and then attach the tubes to the inlet port on each valve (usually with Teflon tape and a twist-on fitting at the valve end of the supply riser).

Attach the spout. The model shown here comes with a special hex wrench that is threaded through the hole in the spout where the lift rod for the pop-up drain will be located. Once the spout is seated cleanly on the spout shank, you tighten the hex wrench to secure the spout. Different faucets will use other methods to secure the spout to the shank.

Steps: 09-10

If your sink did not have a pop-up stopper, you’ll need to replace the sink drain tailpiece with a pop-up stopper body (often supplied with the faucet). Insert the lift rod through the hole in the back of the spout and, from below, thread the pivot rod through the housing for the clevis screw.

Attach the clevis strap to the pivot rod that enters the pop-up drain body, and adjust the position of the strap so it raises and lowers properly when the lift rod is pulled up. Tighten the clevis screw at this point. It’s hard to fit a screwdriver in here, so you may need to use a wrench or pliers.

Steps: 11-12

Attach the faucet handles to the valves using whichever method is required by the faucet manufacturer. Most faucets are designed with registration methods to ensure that the handles are symmetrical and oriented in an ergonomic way once you secure them to the valves.

Turn on the water supply and test the faucet. Remove the faucet aerator and run the water for 10 to 20 seconds so any debris in the lines can clear the spout. Replace the aerator.

How to Install a Single-body Faucet

1-High-quality faucets come with flexible plastic gaskets that create a durable watertight seal at the bottom of the faucet, where it meets the sink deck. However, an inexpensive faucet may have a flimsy-looking foam seal that doesn’t do a good job of sealing and disintegrates after a few years. If that is the case with your faucet, discard the seal and press a ring of plumber’s putty into the sealant groove on the underside of the faucet body.

2-Insert the faucet tailpieces through the holes in the sink. From below, thread washers and mounting nuts over the tailpieces, then tighten the mounting nuts with a basin wrench until snug. Put a dab of pipe joint compound on the threads of the stop valves and thread the metal nuts of the flexible supply risers to these. Wrench tighten about a half-turn past hand tight. Overtightening these nuts will strip the threads. Now tighten the coupling nuts to the faucet tailpieces with a basin wrench.

3-Slide the lift rod of the new faucet into its hole behind the spout. Thread it into the clevis past the clevis screw. Push the pivot rod all the way down so the stopper is open. With the lift rod also all the way down, tighten the clevis to the lift rod.

4-Grease the fluted valve stems with faucet grease, then put the handles in place. Tighten the handle screws firmly, so they won’t come loose during operation. Cover each handle screw with the appropriate index cap—Hot or Cold.

5-Unscrew the aerator from the end of the spout. Turn the hot and cold water taps on full. Turn the water back on at the stop valves and flush out the faucet for a couple of minutes before turning off the water at the faucet. Check the riser connections for drips. Tighten a compression nut only until the drip stops.

What is the best bathroom sink faucet?

  • Delta Lahara Two Handle Centerset Lavatory Faucet
  • American Standard Reliant 3 Bathroom Centerset Faucet
  • Angular Modern Single Handle Lavatory Faucet
  • Premier Sanibel Lead-Free, Single-Handle Lavatory Faucet
  • Moen Eva One-Handle, High Arc Bathroom Faucet
  • Pfister Jaida Single Control 4″ Centerset Bathroom Faucet

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