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What tools I need to install a faucet?

Answered by Brendan ~ January 22, 2011 ~ No Comments

What tools I need to install a faucet? Any tips and advice to make this as painless as possible? Thanks.

Sasha ~ San Jose, California

Brendan Fowler

Typically a faucet install is straight forward, so you would need a crescent wrench, channel-lock pliers and a basin wrench. Without seeing the faucet you are installing and the one you are removing, if you have to remove one, I can't say for sure that these are the only tools you will need. Some installations require plumbers putty, silicon and specialty wrenches. When installing a new faucet it is also a good time to inspect the rest of the parts on the sink and drain. This is a good time to install new angle stops under your sink , a new p-trap, water supply lines, and drain/tailpiece. If your faucet has old soft copper supply lines or angle stops with integrated metal supply lines, I would change these with new angle stops and use braided stainless supply lines to the new faucet. Follow the installation instructions and be sure to check under your sink for the next 48 hours for any drips or dampness. Sometimes it can take a day or two for a drip to present itself. Good Luck!

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