How to Change a Bathtub Faucet

Changing the faucet of your bathtub is one way of improving and upgrading your bathroom. Although you can pay a plumber to do it, doing so can be costly. Replacing a faucet can be done anyone; which is why doing it yourself will cut your costs. Using simple plumbing tools, you can now have a faucet mounted and running in no time.

How to Change a Bathtub Faucet

Steps in Changing the Bathtub Faucet

  • With the use of a grout puller, remove the silicon portion of the faucet that keeps it in place. Choose a nice brand of grout puller; do not settle for the plastic kind and choose something that is made out of metal. Note that this may take some time and work, try to do it properly so that it would be easier for you to pull the faucet out.
  • As soon as the grout has been removed, remove the screws and bolts that hold the faucet in place. Then, remove the faucet by twisting it counter clockwise. It is important to note that a number of faucets may have very thin screw patterns which you may need to turn a few times before you can pull it off. Also note that there might still be water in the crevices of the faucet head. After removing, place the old faucet on an old towel.
  • With the use of a flathead screwdriver, take off the washers that are on the faucet frame assembly. All you need to do is pry them up using the screwdriver and then roll the metal off.
  • Replace the washers that you have just removed with the washers that is included on your new faucet assembly set. Ensure that the washers are placed snugly and securely to prevent the water from leaking out of it.
  • Get your new faucet head and screw it on the frame assembly. Ensure that the head is not cross-threaded, and then screw it clockwise up until it is fully secured against the wall. Twist the faucet back until it is strait according to how or where you desire it to point.
  • Get your tube of silicon and spread a small amount on the edge of the faucet head. Do this with the use of your finger and try to make the seal look neat. Ensure that there are no holes or air bubbles in your seal.
  • Give the silicone a time to dry for at least six hours prior to using the faucet.
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