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How to Remove Bathroom Faucets | Pro-Backed Guide

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Written by Callum Strempel

Removing a bathroom faucet that has become old and replacing it with a fresh one isn’t that difficult. No special tools are required and even a novice can get it done in less than an hour. You just have to make sure that the water connection is turned off before you start.

How to Remove Bathroom Faucets

Things you’ll need

  • A basin and an adjustable wrench and some plumber’s putty
  • A bucket containing the faucet and package contents
  • Rags and towels
  • Silicone caulk
  • A simple knife or putty knife

Steps

1. Cut the Water Supply Off

There is a pair of water supply pipes or hoses beneath the sink connected to another pair of supply knobs installed either on the floor or the wall. Turn the knobs to cut the water supply.

2. Remove the Stopper

  • Disconnect the stopper of the drain connected to the old faucets.
  • The vertical faucet is attached to a horizontal rod flowing to the drainpipe beneath the sink. Either a spring clip or a wing nut holds these two together at their meeting point. To remove the faucet handle, discard the clip or the nut and then pull it out.

3. Disconnect the supply hoses and the tubes

  • Make loose the connection between the supply hose top or tube and the bottom of the faucet with a pair of pliers.

4. Unscrew the Faucet

  • Use the pliers, make loose the wing nuts that hold the faucet in place with the counter.
  • Before unscrewing, apply penetrating oil.
  • If that doesn’t work, use a rotary tool to cut the plastic away.

5. Disposing of the Old Faucet on the Counter

  • A caulk should be cut at the faucet base with a sharp utility knife.
  • Be careful to avoid cutting the countertop’s surface.
  • After cutting the caulk, the gentle rocking of the faucet to and fro on the counter loosens it.

How to Remove a Single-Handle Faucet?

Things you’ll need

  • A small bucket or a paint tray
  • An adjustable wrench and pliers with a channel lock
  • Some penetrating oil
  • A knife for applying putty
  • Wet cloth and old towels

Steps

  • Remove the excess water by completely clearing the area below your sink.
  • Place the tray with paint or the bucket below the pipes.
  • Keep a supply of old towels on hand to control any spillage.
  • Turn the valves off of the supply lines providing hot and cold water.
  • For draining off of the extra water, turn on the faucet.

Now do as directed below –

  • Loosen the connecting nut at the strap top and lift the rod under the sink.
  • Remove the metal clasp and the strap from the horizontally placed rod.
  • Discard the horizontally placed rod from the back portion of the tailpiece by unscrewing the pivot nut.
  • Turn off the water supply pipes going towards the faucet with the adjustable wrench.
  • Take hold of the mounting nut holding the faucet in its place underneath the sink.
  • Loosen the nut with a wrench.
  • Put in a little penetrating oil in the connection and keep it there for some hours or the whole night if the nut won’t budge.
  • Pull out the faucet after removing the mounting nut. When the faucet appears to be stuck with either the sink or the countertop, gently discard the seal with a putty knife.
  • Remove any putty that is there with a scraper and clean the surface with a moist cloth.

How to Remove a Two-Handle Faucet?

  • With a wrench remove the connector nuts that join the handles’ valves with the spout on sinks with separate hot and cold water handles.
  • Shut down the two water supply valves after that.
  • Find the mounting nuts that join together the spout and handles in place beneath the sink.
  • Unscrew the nuts with a wrench.
  • Application of some penetrating oil to the connection should be done and it should be kept that way for some hours or the whole night if the nuts won’t budge.
  • Pull the faucet that was there out of its place once the mounting nuts have been removed.
  • In the same way, when the faucet appears to stick either to the sink or with the countertop, gently remove the seal with a putty knife.
  • Remove any old putty with a scraper and clean the surface with a moist cloth.

How to Remove an Assembled Pop-up Drain?

  • Unscrew the connection where the tailpiece enters the drain below the sink with either a hand or a pipe wrench.
  • To remove the big nut at the sink’s bottom, take the help of the channel lock pliers.
  • To loosen the seal within the sink, the washer and the gasket should be pulled down. After that, the tailpiece should be pressed up.
  • The components over and under the sink can be removed by unscrewing them.

About the author

Callum Strempel

Licensed Plumber

Hi, I’m Callum, a full time plumber with a plumbing license issued by my state. So far, I’ve spent nearly a decade and a half installing and fixing a wide variety of plumbing components and units. My profession inspires me to talk about the kitchen and bathroom (and the plumbing system) so confidently and knowledgeably that I offer my free consultations to help neighbors and fellow homeowners every now and then. As I enjoy installing faucets, sinks, showers, and fixtures, I love to see people enjoying services from those components for years to come. So, I write every week to inform you and others. Will you mind going through some of my articles on this website?

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