Replacing a bathtub faucet will give you an immediate fresh and new look to your tub. Interestingly, it is one of the easiest of plumbing home job. The process of removing the old one and installing the new faucet will take not more than an hour. So it’s going to be a simple task for you.
Tools You Need
- Water pump pliers
- a sturdy screwdriver
- Teflon tape
- a set of hex wrenches
The following 4 steps are going to take you to feel the new look of your tub.
Step 1: Remove the Old Faucet
The process of replacing your Bathtub faucet starts with removing the old faucet first. Take a small screwdriver or hex wrench to let the set screw is loosening which is holding below the faucet. If there is no set screw, take a wooden hammer or screwdriver and place the handle of this tool to fit inside of the opening of the spout. Now rotate it counterclockwise smoothly to loosen it and remove the faucet by hand. Sometimes, you may directly unscrew the faucet by hand if it is not placed too tightly
Step 2: Purchase the New Faucet
The second step is to buy the new faucet for your bathtub. Don’t forget to take the old one with you while you go to a home improvement store. Matching with the size and type of old faucet now you can purchase the new one. Make sure you are replacing screw-on faucet by a screw-on faucet and slip-on faucet by a slip-on faucet. You can choose any of new faucets from the vast amount of style and design. The important issue is the length of the connection pipe protruding from the wall. If the same size faucet not available for instance, you can buy a faucet nipple to help you to fit with the pipe and faucet.
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Step 3: Installing the Spout Nipple
The stage of installing new faucet starts with installing spout nipple. First, remove the old spout nipple. Use a pipe wrench or basin wrench to remove the spout nipple. You may need an internal pipe wrench if the bonnet nut is tightly recessed.
Now, wrath the Teflon tape around the end of the threaded pipe and screw the new tub spout on clockwise by hand until it is tight and pointed down.
Step 4: Installing the Faucet
At the final step, it is all set to fix your new faucet. Start with taping around the thread on the spout nipple and then twist the faucet onto the nipple in a clockwise motion. Use water pump pliers to tighten it. Note that the jaws of the pliers are covered with tape to prevent any scratching the faucet. Be careful that you don’t over-tighten.
If it’s a set screw faucet then simply slip it into place and tighten the set screw underneath.
Finally check once switching on the tub and be sure the installation is done successfully.