How to Replace a Utility Sink Faucet

Wondering how should you replace a utility sink faucet?
Well, here we are with the solution!
Utility sink faucets are almost the same as faucets that you found on kitchen and bathroom sinks. Also, how you attach them or remove them is the same. Generally, it is easier to replace a utility sink faucet because it is free-standing and mostly you have a large free space to work behind it. A utility sink faucet is fitted with nuts that you can loosen with specific instruments. Let’s discuss in detail how to replace a utility sink faucet.

How to Replace a Utility Sink Faucet

The Tools Required

To replace a utility sink faucet, you’d certainly require some specific tools. Here is a list of them!

  • Adjustable pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Basin wrench
  • Scrub brush
  • Flashlight
  • Soap and water
  • Utility knife

Steps to Replace a Utility Sink Faucet

Step-1: Stop water flow to the faucet by turning off the valves below the sink. Using adjustable pliers, unscrew the hoses from the stops. Then unscrew the hoses from the inlets of faucets by using pliers.

Step-2: Screw off a single part of the P-trap from the waste line and other parts from the drain tailpiece. Unscrew the sink if it is movable with the help of a screwdriver to separate it from the wall and floor.

Step-3: Next, find the exact place of nuts that hold the faucet stems to the sink. Move the sink or just crawl it if you face difficulty in moving it. A flashlight is needed to see what you are doing.

Step-4: Loosen the nuts with a basin wrench or adjustable pliers. Now you can easily unscrew the nuts with your fingers once you loosen them. Take the faucet off the sink after removing the nuts.

Step-5: Congratulations! You are doing great! Now, it is time to clean the area of old faucet with soap, water, and a scrub brush. Remove the old caulk by cutting it with a utility knife or just simply pulling it with your fingers.

Step-6: Unwrap the new faucet and the plastic base plate that comes with it removes it. Adjust the inlet stems through the holes that are present in the base plate and place the plate upon the bottom of the faucet housing. Some faucets have only one stem in the center and a plate that has a matching hole. It is ok to install this type of faucet on a utility sink if and only there is a hole present for it. You can also make a hole into a plastic sink using spade bit if required.

Step-7: Through the suitable holes in the sink, place the faucet inlets and screw the nuts upon the threaded rods. Tighten the nuts with your hands as much as you can. After fully tightening them, check it again to make sure it does not move.

Step-8: Screw flexible supply hoses to both hot and cold water inlets with adjustable pliers. You can use old flexible hoses if inlets of new faucets have the same size.

Step-9: Place the sink in its proper place and attach it properly with the wall and floor. Reconnect the P-trap after screwing the flexible hoses to the shutoff valves. To remove dirt and air, open the faucet and leave it until clear water comes out of it. 

Conclusion

So here it was, simple and easy! By following the above steps, you can easily replace a utility sink faucet.

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