You see, I replaced my bathroom faucet the other day. Just me, and my tools, and my dog. No plumber, no husband, no friend to help. I know that many other women have accomplished this before me, but for me it was a big accomplishment. It was my first plumb job.
I spent the better part of Wednesday and Thursday here
And there was a lot of this
And time spent in front of the mirror with my safety goggles on
And a lot of grunting, sweating, cursing, and three trips to the hardware store.
But in the end. I CONQUERED.
This post will not be the tutorial on "how to replace a bathroom faucet" that I had planned. I learned that I'm not qualified enough to give that kind of instruction. But I hope it will serve as inspiration that YOU can embrace your inner plumber too.
I will share with you some tips that came in handy for me.
# 1. Wear safety goggles (did you know it's really hard to type goggles instead of googles. try it.) Stuff will fall in your face.
#2. Buy yourself a DIY book. The instruction manual that comes with the faucet probably isn't enough, especially if you have to remove an old faucet before installing the new one. The manual doesn't tell you how to take a faucet apart. I used this book (from Home Depot or Lowes) and it was very helpful.
#3. Invest in some proper tools, like a basin wrench. You will need this. You'll also need Liquid Wrench (my savior) or another penetrating oil, silicon tub and tile caulk or plumbers putty, channel-type pliers, an adjustable wrench, a putty knife, and maybe even a hacksaw. Also make sure you have whatever tools the faucet manual says you need. I didn't have the basin wrench, liquid wrench, tub and tile caulk, or a big enough adjustable wrench, hence all the trips to the hardware store.
#4. Watch instructional videos. When it came time to replace the pop-up drain, this video saved me.
#5. Have a bucket handy. There WILL be a leak.
#6. Take breaks. Lots of them. I highly recommend some cuddle time with your Baxter-equivalent. It will calm you down and keep you going.