Replace your bathroom faucets step-by-step guide

Bathroom faucetsThis article is in 2 parts first covering installation of basin taps second part is installation of bath basin taps

This article covers how to replace and install of both bathroom sink faucets and bathtub faucet I purchased mine from victoriaplum.com, and went for the Hampshire basin tap and bath shower mixer tap pack retail at £119 a great price for great quality.

freestanding-bathYou can watch a quick UN-boxing video of this product below, arrived in 4 working days ready to be installed over the weekend. The bathroom bath faucets have an overall great quality to it the only negative aspect of this product is the showerhead could be a little bit better quality for me. Other than this it’s fully brass internals and has beautiful chrome plated finish to faucets and bath shower mixer tap, purchased from victoriaplum .

Intro – Why install new Basin and bath Faucets

There are many reasons why you would install basin taps in your bathroom; my reason for this job is to replace old, worn and leaky basin bathroom faucet as they have become corroded over the 5 years and I have begun to see leaky faucet from the cold faucets.

Which bathroom faucet should you buy? For basins and baths

There are several different types of taps all are based on the style of basin you have. Before you by your bathroom sink faucet or bathtub faucet, insure you are purchasing the correct fixture configuration to meet the same as your sink. Identify the number of bathroom fixtures (wholes) on the basin and purchase accordingly below you can see the styles of basin styles and taps available.

Types of Faucets for Basins and Baths

Bathroom Tap StylesPillar Taps
Typically 2 separate tap units, one hot and one cold and are independent of each other, For baths or basins.
Mixer Taps
They have independent pipes but draw the together into a single spout. Great for achieving correct water temperatures.
Monobloc Mixer Taps
Single built unit sometimes with 2 or 1 handle and have only one spout.
Wall mounted Taps
All the pipe work is hidden within walls but for a contemporary bath and basin they look great, beware there are challenges installing these.
Deck Mounted Taps
Attached to the basins or baths throw the wholes within the units itself. Key to purchase these based on how many wholes available on your units.
Freestanding Taps
Typically using a standpipe, as baths with out tap hole mounts aren’t available usually freestanding are for Victorian or roll top bathtubs.

Installing Basin Faucets

This is where the fun begins I will be giving you photos of every step i carry out to perform a clean and effective replacement of your basin faucets. There is also a short video guide you can watch showing the process too.

Basin faucet Before & After Photos

Below you will see what the whole project ahead will compromise of, we will be replacing the old tarnished leaking faucets with sparkling new brass and chrome platted basin taps. Also with this project we will be replacing old copper pipes with flexible tap connectors with the handy shutoff vales. So if in the future you have any water leaks under your sink then you can quickly shut off the water supply to the individual taps to identify your water leak problems.

INSURE YOUR SHUT OFF VALVES FACE FORWARD so they are reachable

bathroom sink faucet before picture

bathroom sink faucet after picture

Bathroom taps and type to be Installed

bathrrom sink faucetsFirst off we will start with installing the basin taps shown on the left image.

Bathroom taps are quite simple to install if you’re installing the sink and cabinetry at the time, as you have access to all the areas you need. If you have your sink in place it will be a little more tricky and this will hold you up due to the lack of access on the underside to the sink plumbing.

In this article I will show you how to remove old bathroom taps and install new taps using a few tools that will help make the job easier especially as my basin is already in place with a cabinet. We will also show you how to install flexible tap connectors with shut off valves. These are great to have, you are able to isolate water to the hot or cold faucets if you have any future faucet leak problems with out turning off the water supply to your bath, toilet or washing machine if they run on the same pipe lines.

Flexible tap connectors with shut off valves.

On the left this connects to your faucet and on the right you have your shutoff vale connecting to your copper water pipe.

 Flexible tap connectors with shut off valves

Tools used to fix leaking faucet

Tools used for this faucet replacement are listed below and also with a visual. These are essential tools used for the task ahead as you can see I have used 2 sets of faucet wrench as sometimes one works better than the other in getting into those hard to reach areas.

faucet wrench and tools used

How to replace bathroom faucet

Step 1 – Switching off your hot and cold water supply.

A good tip is too open your faucets a little allowing water to come out then switch off your water supply you will slowly see the water drain out of your pipe system. Once you are sure water has drained from the system your good to go. Make sure you read throw the how to replace a faucet instructions first before you begin just to make you familiar with the process.

turn off water supply

Step 2 – Identify your pipes under the sink and remove faucet nuts.

Once you have located the nuts that connect from your copper pipes to your facets you can begin to use your faucet wrench to unscrew them. Release the copper pipes from the tap threads.

STEP-2

Step 3 – Remove plastic nut supporting the tap to basin.

Watch video below to see what I am referring too this is usually brass or black plastic nut. Once this has been removed your faucet will come right off the basin.

STEP-3

Step 4 – Clean

Once removed this is a good time to wipe down your bath tub of any old scruff and marks that have been unreachable.

bathroom sink cleaning

Step 5 – How to change a faucet – old with new.

Once you have removed your bathroom faucet you can then install the new faucet to the basin. Use the new nuts provided and tighten with your faucet wrench as much as possible until the sink faucets are stable and do not move from side to side while you turn the taps on and off. Once secure go to step 5.

STEP-4

Step 6 – adding flexible pipe with shut off valve.

You can skip this step if you have this already installed. I like to lightly attach the connector to the faucet and then measure down and mark with a pencil the cut line on your copper pipe (insure your flexible pipe is not crimped as this will cause a blockage and leaking make sure it’s a smooth line). Once marked cut your coppers pipe with your Pipe slice tool.

STEP-5

Step 7 – Connecting Flexible pipe to your water mains.

Once your pipe is cut, lightly sand down the paint off the copper pipe to ensure a clean connection. Connect your flexible pipe it to your mains water supply. Don’t forget to add the olive and PTFE silicon tape to secure water tight seal cannot afford a leak under your bathroom basin after all this work.

STEP-6

Step 8 – Re tighten the flexible pipe.

Revisit the flexible pipe on the faucet side and tighten water tight insuring you have used PTFE silicon tape to secure watertight seal. Then recheck you have your shutoff valve facing you so it’s easy to shut off the water supply with ease.

Water Leak Prevention Tip

This is a great tip when you want to prevent any water leaks from your compression fitting joins or where you have olives . When I use this method I have never had the join leak or drip of water and have been using this for years without any issues. Use PTFE tape over your olive and threads then tighten then relax for a leak free pipe.

Water Leak Prevention Tip

INSURE YOUR FLEXIBLE Pipe has no sharp turns or crisp as this will cause a clog and can burst the hosing. Make sure for a smooth clean line.

Step 9 – Turn on water supply and check for leaks

Once you have given everything a good check over and you are happy with the secureness of your faucets and the nuts are well tighten begin to turn on the cold water supply keep the shutoff valve close and check for any leaks if all is good open your shutoff valve and check for further leaks. Open the bathroom sink faucet and allow the air from the system to release. Water will be unstable for a short while then perform the same task for the hot water.

Installing Bath tub Faucets

This is an easy to follow guide with detailed photos of every step in the replacement process, there is also a short video with the same guide. This is a clean and simple explanation guide any issues leave your comments in the comment box below.

Tub faucet Before & After Photos

Below you will see what the whole project ahead will compromise of, we will be replacing the old leaking tub faucet with new brass and chrome platted bath faucets. The process is the same as installing your bathroom taps so if you have just finished installing them then this should be familiar ground to you.

Bathroom faucets before photo

Bathroom faucets after photo

How to Install bath Taps Intro

hampshire bath shower mixer

I will show you how to remove your old bathtub taps and install with new bathtub faucets using a few tools to help you along the way. I will be removing and installing a Victorian style 2 whole deck mounted tap unit. The Image shows the bath taps I purchased (from www.victoriaplum.com) and guide you throw the install process .

Overall this is great quality product for a very reasonable price. Watch the short video below this article or follow my step-by-step photo guide below for the unboxing, assembly and installation of both basin faucets and bath faucets. Relatively easy install process however it can take anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on your skill level.

Tools used to assemble bath deck mounted faucets

These are the tools needed for the assembly of the bath faucets. Tools may vary depending on the bath faucets you have. But its advised to have 1 or 2 different types of faucet wrench’s available to hand so you are ready to deal with any situation.

faucet wrench and tools used

Assembly of the bath faucets

Here you can see the parts needed for assembly of your basin faucets. Parts may vary depending on the style and model of your basin faucets.

Faucet parts

Step 1 – Insure you have placed the rubber washers in the correct locations as shown. rubber washer on shower faucet

Step 2 – Begin to PTFE on areas needed to secure a watertight seal.

PTFE silicone shower faucet

Step 3 – Tighten the nuts using a rag to cover the shiny new faucets to prevent any damage from slipping.

tighten faucet parts

Step 4 – the finished product assembled and ready to be mounted onto your 2 whole bathtub.

asembled bathroom tub faucet

Tools used to fix faucet to bath tub

The tools used for this are quite minimal mainly due to the easy accesses I have to under the bathtub, tools may vary depending on your reach and accesses to the nuts under the bathtub. I will be cutting away some copper pipe so I will have my adjustable pipe slice tool available for this job.

tools used to install bath taps

How to replace bath Faucets

Step 1 – Switching off your hot and cold water supply.

A good tip is too open your faucets a little allowing water to come out then switch off your water supply from your mains you will slowly see the water drain out of your pipe system. Once you are sure water has drained from the system your good to go.

step-1 turn off main water supply

Step 2 – Remove faucet nuts.

Once you have located the main line water pipes and nuts that connect to your bath facets you can begin unscrewing and loosen them, use the tools you feel most comfortable with remember this can be quite tricky especially on old piping systems as over time the pipes have set in to each other. Remove the nut and pipes from the faucet threads. Once both have been removed you can then release the bath faucet unit from the bathtub.

STEP-2b under bath tub

Step 3 – Clean

Once removed this is a good time to wipe down your bathtub of any old scruff and marks that have been unreachable.

clean basin of all marks

Step 4 – Set-up

One rubber seal is needed above then place the unit on the bathtub throw the bathtub wholes. The other rubber seal and nut is to go under the bathtub.

step-4 add washers to taps

Step 5 – Set-up

Begin to tighten the brass or plastic nut with your faucet wrench this will secure your water faucet to your bathtub. Insure its tight and firm so there is no movement of the unit. Then begin to attach the main water pipes , cold to cold and hot to hot use PTFE silicon tape for a water tight seal.

STEP-4b tighten nuts

Step 6 – Pipe replacement

When it came to attaching the hot copper pipe to the faucet the thread was very badly damaged so I decided to remove the pipe using the copper pipe cutter and replace with a flexible pipe with out a shut off valve. Step-5 cut copper pipe and replacement

Step 7 – Finished

This is the view under the bathtub; you can see the new flexi pipe and the old cold copper pipe. I will however be replacing the old copper pipe with a flexi pipe . under bathtub

Step 8 – Turn on water supply and check for leaks

Give everything a good check over check there is no movement of your faucets and the nuts are well tightened. Turn on the cold water and checks for leaks areas to check are

  • Shower valve connectors
  • Shower parts like connecting nuts

If all is good open the tap and allow the air from the system. Water will be unstable for a short while. Perform the same task for the hot water if you encounter leaks it may be a loose nut or insufficient silicon tape. Close your water supply and recheck your connections for a watertight fit.

The final installed Victorian style bathroom tub faucet a nice sparkling new look. I’m very happy with the final results.

finished bathtub shower faucet

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