Wall-mount faucets are so popular worldwide because their sophisticated and elegant design brings a distinct style to your bathroom or kitchen. They are also a great space-saver with a minimalist feel.
Since you’ll be running water pipes behind your wall to install a wall mount faucet, care must be taken when measuring and installing it. As soon as the walls are exposed in the construction process, it is best to install the system.
Let’s see how to go about the process step-by-step.
How to Install a Wall Mount Faucet
Step 1: Gather your tools
- duct tape
- locking pliers
- soldering supplies
- 2 1/2 inch screw for wood
- 2×4 lumber
- 2 inch shut off valves
- 1 1/4 inch screw
- 2 x 1/2 inch threaded elbows
- 1/2 inch PEX or copper water piping
- 1/2 inch pipe nipples
Step 2: Read over the instructions
There will be instructions specific to your faucet model. Make sure that you read and understand them thoroughly.
It is very important to follow all instructions carefully since a lot of consideration needs to be given to blocking requirements, including the setback of installing a valve that has a removable spout and handles.
Step 3: Modify the framing and add blocking
The faucet should be centered in the sink. Adjust any studs in the way that needs to be moved. Bridge-style faucets do not require studs to be moved.
Some faucets can reach over obstructions such as studs. If the valve is concealed in the wall, the studs will act as a barrier.
Blocking is usually created by placing a 2×4 between two studs and turning the wide-ranging edge outwards. Screw the blocking to the studs with 2 1/2-inch wood screws.
Step 4: Connect the water source lines and install the shutoff valves
Copper pipes are usually used by plumbers, but some prefer PEX. If your pipes freeze in the wall, you can easily install them since they are not prone to leaking.
Shut-off valves should be installed to make cold and hot water flow. It is necessary to install 1/2-inch water lines. Suppose you are replacing a sink faucet with a wall mount faucet. In that case, you will have the option of extending the existing waterline as well as using the existing shutoff valves.
You can install a detachable panel next to the faucet or in another room away from the faucet for a brand-new faucet without concealed shutoff valves. They can be hidden this way.
Additionally, you can conceal pipes in an inconspicuous area of your home, such as crawl spaces.
Step 5: Connect the valve to the pipeline or terminate it
Your faucet and pipes may need termination depending on their type. The correct PEX fittings must be used with PEX pipes.
For a bridge-style faucet that requires copper pipe, use brass or copper elbows soldered to the pipe and threaded with 1/2-inch IPS threads. Secure the fitting onto the block with screws measuring 1 1/4 inches in diameter.
Install the faucet according to the manufacturer’s instructions if it has a hidden valve. The valve is usually connected to PEX fittings or copper pipes with solder. Level the valve before tightening the screws attached to the blocking.
Step 6: Install the pipelines
You need to screw 1/2-inch brass nipples into each elbow you arranged. This applies if you have a faucet that does not have an in-wall valve. In order to reach beyond the wall, there will be a recommended distance, so the length of the nipples must be sufficient.
While replacing the wall covering, tape the nipple openings to prevent debris from sticking.
Some stub-outs come with faucets that feature an in-wall valve. The wall coverings have these built-in, so the faucet can be accessed through them. Nipples will not be necessary in this case.
Stub-outs are intended to keep debris from getting into your new faucet while installing the trim on the wall.
Step 7: Attach the faucet and the trim and complete the wall painting
Congratulations, you’ve reached the end of the process! Installation of the faucet and trim should be closely followed by the manufacturer’s instructions.
Walls are finished by installing drywall, tiles, or painting, followed by grouting. Making it exactly as you imagined requires attention to all the specifics and the final touches.
The utility taps such as solid brass, oil-rubbed bronze, and stainless steel you need to use the compression nuts included. Tighten with the locking pliers.
For hidden valve faucets, the trim needs to be attached to the valve stub-outs with screws.
Tighten these screws with a screwdriver or Allen wrench
Quick tips for installing a wall-mount faucet
If you want to install a faucet, follow these tips for the best experience:
- Choosing a faucet that fits your sink or tub requires measuring the distance between the wall and the waterline.
- When buying high-pressure faucets, verify that your home has enough water pressure for them. Most faucets require at least 60 psi.
- Install a low-flow aerator if you have hard water so you don’t need to spend time waiting to fill your bathtub or shower.
- Make sure there is a good amount of clearance above, below, and to the side of the sink/tub so the components can fit comfortably without causing any problems during installation or use.
- Suppose you are planning to install or renovate other plumbing components in the future. In that case, you may wish to consider purchasing an adapter kit.
1. What is the best place for wall mount faucets?
Ans. Most above-counter sinks function well with faucets placed 6-8″ above the countertop. Make sure that the bottom of the faucet is at least 1-2 inches higher than the top of the basin or the flood line above.
2. Is a shut-off valve required on-wall-mounted faucets?
Ans. Whenever you notice a leak from the spout of your wall-mount faucet, it is usually caused by an old valve that needs to be replaced. To do this, you need to shut off the water, and if the faucet wasn’t installed by you, it might take you a while to find the shutoff valve.