How To Install a Center-Set Faucet
Time Required: 2-4 hours
One of the most common types of bath faucets is a center-set faucet. They’re available in a wide selection styles and prices, and are generally easy to install.
This guide will help you properly install a center-set bath faucet.
Tip: If you have cultured marble or other composite sinks, we recommend you use silicone caulk as plumber’s putty may discolor the sink.
Safety: Use towels to cushion your back and wear eye protection when working under the sink.
- Remove all items from under the sink. Place a bucket, pan or rags under the work area to catch excess water.
- Turn off the hot and cold water supply lines at the shut-off valves beneath the sink. If there are no shut-off valves, turn off the main water supply.
- Turn the faucet on to release the pressure in the water lines and let drip until empty.
- Remove the old supply lines and the mounting nuts.
- Apply a penetrating lubricant if the lines or nuts are corroded or in a hard-to-reach position.
- Lift the faucet fixture from the top of the sink. A putty knife can remove all of the old sealant from the top.
- Use a cleaner suitable for your sink type to clean the area.
- Attach the supply lines to the faucet and angle valves.
- Wipe away any excess putty from around the faucet base.
- Turn the water back on at the angle valves. Turn on the faucet and allow both hot and cold water to run for one minute.
- Check for leaks.
- If supplied, install the matching pop-up drain.