Project Guide

How to Install a Widespread Faucet

1
Turn off the water
Turn off the water - Install Widespread Faucet
  • Before you get started remove all items from under the sink and place a bucket, pan or rags under the work area. Use heavy towels to support your body if you are reaching into the sink area and under or through the vanity.
  • 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. This is also a good time to install stop valves as part of this project so you can turn off the water easily in the future.
  • Turn the faucet on to release the pressure in the water lines. 
2
Remove the old faucet
Remove old faucet - Install Widespread Faucet
  • Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from falling debris as you work upside down under the sink.
  • Remove the old supply lines and the mounting nuts to remove the faucet.
  • Apply a penetrating lubricant if the lines or nuts are corroded or in a hard-to-reach position. Do not use strong force to remove them be gentle yet persistent.
  • Lift the faucet fixture from the top of the sink and use a putty knife can remove all of the old sealant from the top.
  • Clean the sink area with a suitable cleaner.
3
Seal the spout base
Seal spout base - Install Widespread Faucet

Form plumber's putty into a rope and place it on the base of the spout. Press the putty against the base. Set the spout into place.

4
Hand-tighten the basin nut
Hand-tighten basin nut - Install Widespread Faucet

Tighten the nut just enough to hold it in place. Do not over-tighten the nut because you will need to first center the spout on the sink.

5
Thread the tee on the spout
Thread tee spout - Install Widespread Faucet

Center the tee so the outlets are approximately parallel to the back wall and line up with the faucets on either side.

6
Center the spout
Center spout - Install Widespread Faucet

Once it is centered, tighten the spout from beneath the sink using a basin wrench.

7
Place the faucet valves in the sink
Place faucet valves sink - Install Widespread Faucet

Slide the washer over the threads from beneath the sink. Tighten the valve nut until snug.

8
Connect the faucet valve lines to the faucet valve
Connect faucet valve valve - Install Widespread Faucet
  • Apply pipe compound or Teflon tape to the threads of the valve line.
  • Connect to the faucet valve, and hand-tighten.
  • Apply pipe compound or Teflon tape to the other end of the valve line and hand-tighten onto the spout tee.
9
Finish the assembly and tighten the connections
Finish assembly tighten connections - Install Widespread Faucet
  • Apply pipe compound or Teflon tape to the threads of the water supply tailpieces and connect the hot and cold water supplies to the hot and cold supply valves.
  • When the entire assembly is complete, go back and tighten all the connections with an adjustable wrench.
  • Next, connect the faucet handles to the valves. Align the handles to the off position. Apply a bead of plumbers putty to the faucet handle base, attach the handle, center it, and tighten the faucet nut below the sink with a basin wrench.
10
Connect the water supply lines and check for leaks
Connect water supply lines leaks - Install Widespread Faucet
  • Turn the water back on at the shut-off valves. Turn on the faucet and allow both hot and cold water to run for one minute. Check for leaks.
  • Install the matching pop-up drain (if supplied) with your new faucet.