How to Replace a Single Handle Bathroom Faucet

Last Updated: June, 2022 | By JULIAN GILL

Got a new single handle bathroom faucet that you’re looking at replacing yourself? It’s a great way to save on installation costs, and it can be a great DIY project. Below, you’ll learn about the tools and materials that you need, the steps to follow, and some pointers to help you be successful even if it’s the very first time.

What tools and materials do you need?

  • Tools
    • Adjustable wrench
    • Pliers
    • Caulking gun
    • Bucket for draining

  • Materials
    • Plumbers putty
    • Plumbers tape
    • Replacement bathroom faucet

Excited about taking on this cool DIY project yourself?  You aren’t alone, it’s a popular one for those in home improvement!  However, part of preparation is going to be making sure that you carve out your budget and timing for it to be successful.

You can expect to pay anywhere around $60, depending on what you need to buy, and your faucet replacement itself.  Timing should be about 1-2 hours, but you may find it longer if this is your first time, especially if you are learning to use the tools.

The steps to replacing a single handle bathroom faucet

  1. Make sure you have all supplies needed on hand
  2. Replace what you have with what you are getting (single hole, 4” or 8” triple hole)
  3. Shut off the water access
  4. Remove the old faucet and all connections with the bucket to catch drips
  5. Put the new faucet in place and fasten andconnect all of the new pipes and tubes
  6. Put plumbers tape on the fittings and attach the top trims
  7. Attach thedraining rod to the faucet once more
  8. Turn on the shut-off valves and watch for leaks

Some general pointers

Feeling kind of nervous about this and want to do it all the right way?  Here are some tips to help you reach the finish line your first time without losing control of the goal.  Pretty cool to look like a pro, right?  Plus, confidence is going to be a huge factor, here.

Do a dry fit first on every step:

From removing the original faucet to installing and connecting the new one, do it “dry” first to help you understand how everything moves. This includes everything from the wrench to plumber’s tape or putty, to what part goes where.

Have someone on-call or on-site to offer help:

If you’re brand new to plumbing work, it’s a great idea to have an experienced pro on-call or on-site to make sure that they’re ready to help if you need it!

Take your time:

If it takes you 4 hours, it takes you 4 hours. Slow and steady wins the race, after all.  It’s better to do it slowly and carefully, than quickly and end up with a leaky faucet!

When looking to make the most out of your faucet and its installation, make sure you’ve got all of the right details handy so that you can not only have a brand new faucet ready to go, without any leaks, but also the bragging rights to having installed it yourself!

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author of julian gill pictureJulian Gill

Julian Gill is a mechanical engineer and Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) and worked as a plumbing engineer for ten years. Besides this, he is interested in home improvement and currently works as a writer. @JulianGillPro

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