Calgary Plumbing: How to Install a Bathroom Sink and Faucet: Part 2
Hi all, Kyle here in the DIYer corner. Last time, we looked at how to install a bathroom sink, but I also pointed out that if you’re going to do the sink, you might as well do the faucet too. After all, the faucet is going to have to be pulled apart in order to get at the sink anyway, so you might as well kill two birds with one stone. But the bathroom faucet is a bit fiddly to install, especially if you do things in the wrong order, so I’ve devoted a section entirely to this faucet.
Assuming you’re doing a complete renovation of the bathroom sink, you should have already turned off the water, loosened the bolts and the metal lines and pulled the old faucet and sink clear. Make sure you clean the gunk that accumulated over the years is cleaned; not only will this make your bathroom nicer, but a clean table will make it easier for the new faucet to seal into place.
If you’re replacing the mechanical plug as well as the faucet, this is also the time to pull out the old plug. Unscrew the nut which will be securing the pivot piece and the nut putting the siphon into place and the nut under the base of the sink. Then carefully pull out the visible part of the plug and body of the mechanical plug. You’ll see it when you get to it!
Ok, old sink, old pipes, old faucet gone? Get your new faucet and apply some putty or caulking to the bottom of it, just to help seal it into place. Then carefully lower it into the place where the old faucet was, making sure that everything is properly lined up. Now it’s time to do the pipes. Different plumbers have different ideas of what to do from here, but it’s easiest to start with the fiddly things first while you have room. Some plumbers say that you should install the washers and nuts and then affix the pipes; others say that you should do the mechanical plug and trap first (assuming you have one) because it requires more space. This is going to be up to your comfort levels, but the mechanical plug and trap are finicky and if something falls and you’ve already hooked your pipes, you will have to go fishing.
The mechanical trap and plug will have manufacturer instructions, but generally speaking, you will have to apply Teflon tape and putty to drain threads, screws and upper sealing washer. Then affix the washer to the bottom of the sink and screw the clamp on tightly without going too tightly or else something might snap. Insert the plug, mainly ensuring that the notch in its plastic base is lined up properly and insert the pivotal baguette into that hole where the notch is. Tighten the nut holding the baguette. Open the mechanical plug and insert the vertical rod behind the faucet and join that rod to the perforated extension rod. Insert the baguette into the hole and lock it into place. Pull the rod to close the plug and check it out. Again, your manufacturer will have its own instructions and those should be followed first! This is just a brief guide and furthermore, you’re better off seeing and doing than simply reading because everything will be much more clear once you see it.
If you don’t need a mechanical plug, then you can disregard that last paragraph which is great because frankly, I’m better at showing than writing! All you have to do now is install the washer and nuts and then fix the pipes on. Connect your pipes to the braided washers and the faucet tailpipes. Tighten the bolts by hand and then using a wrench for the last quarter turn or so. Once everything is tightened up, turn the water on and check for leaks which will have to be tightened up.
Remember that the manufacturer of your new faucets will have their own instructions to follow as well, but it will boil down to unhooking the old system and hooking up the new. Take a look at your faucet right now and see how the pipes all hook up. With this image in mind, you’ll find it much easier to get everything disconnected and reconnected.
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