The battle between knowledge, convenience, and money is always a factor when installing a kitchen or bathroom sink faucet? Should you hire a plumber or do it yourself?
If you have some plumbing skills, don’t mind learning and having the installation take longer, and want to save money, then we suggest you try it yourself. But first, let’s find out how much it costs.
- How Much to Install a Sink Faucet?
- How to Install a Sink Faucet Yourself
- Final Thoughts
- Related Resources
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How Much to Install a Sink Faucet?
The average costs listed below are estimates. Obviously, they can vary depending on the quality of the plumber hired and where you live.
1. Cost to Install a Kitchen Faucet
According to HomeAdvisor, the average labor cost for a plumber to install a kitchen faucet is $260 to $480. This does not include the cost of expenses for the faucet and plumbing parts if needed. It also assumes that you don’t run into any unforeseen problems and aren’t requesting any upgrades to the plumbing.
The primary materials expense is for the faucet itself. Most brands of kitchen faucets cost from $30 to $2400. It’s a wide range, so make sure you know what you’re buying. Also, if you do it yourself, you’ll need to add in the cost for any tools you might not already have. In that situation, you can save some money by borrowing or renting the tools you need.
2. Cost to Install a Bathroom Sink Faucet
According to HomeAdvisor, the average labor cost for a plumber to install a bathroom sink faucet is about $150 to $200. But like kitchen faucets, the expense of the faucet itself varies widely, from $50 to $900. A touchless faucet is generally more complex and typically requires a professional plumber to install it.
How to Install a Sink Faucet Yourself
Installing a new faucet is slightly more trouble than trying to fix a leak in an old one. But it is well worth the effort. You not only get rid of chronic leaks and drips but also update the appearance of your sink.
To find a unit that fits your fixture, measure the distance separating the centers of the holes in the fixture for the tailpiece connections. If the old fixture has holes that do not match standard dimensions, use individual faucets as replacements.
It is impractical to adapt a fixture to a single-level faucet that is not designed to fit it. Filling unneeded holes, however, is simple: just use escutcheon (decorative) plates to cover them. In any case, let’s get started.
1. Remove the Old Faucet
- Turn off both hot and cold shutoff valves.
- Unfasten the tailpiece coupling nuts. You might be able to reach these nuts with locking pliers or an adjustable wrench, but the space between the basin and wall is usually so small that a basin wrench is needed.
- On a bathroom sink, you will next remove the old pop-up drain. Then unscrew the lock nuts, slide the washers down, pull out the old faucets and remove the tailpieces.
- Use two pipe wrenches to unscrew threaded joints and an adjustable wrench for mechanical connections. And remember, any soldered joints must be unsweated.
2. Straighten the Supply Tubes
- Gently unbend the water supply tubes of a new sink faucet so they slide easily through the center hole of the sink.
- Lay the faucet on a flat surface, then straighten each tube with thumb and palm, taking care not to make any kinks in the tube.
- On a bathroom sink faucet, supply tubes are alongside the mounting studs and go through the outer holes. These tubes generally do not need straightening.
3. Set the New Faucet in Place
- If a sink has a spray hose, attach it first.
- Slip the hose down through its hold in the faucet assembly and gasket, then through its own hole in the sink, and, finally, up through the center hole in the sink.
- Attach the hose nut to the supply stub on the faucet with a small adjustable wrench.
- If your unit does not come with a gasket (unlikely in today’s modern faucets), seal the fixture holes with plumber’s putty.
- Slide water supply tubes and threaded mounting studs through the fixture holes.
- Place washers and nuts on the studs from the underside.
- Position the faucet carefully and tighten the nuts, first with your fingers and then with a wrench.
4. Reconnect the Supply Tubes
- Gently bend the supply tubes to line up with the connections of the shutoff valves.
- Supply tubes and connections are joined with compression couplings. you might need adapters to fit threaded parts to unthreaded tubing.
- On a bathroom sink, install the pop-up drain.
- When all joints are tight, turn the water back on, remove the aerator from the spout and run hot and cold water hard for several minutes to wash out the lines and check for leaks.
Yes, installing a kitchen faucet or bathroom sink faucet is complicated. But if you have some basic plumbing skills, you can do it yourself and save a few hundred dollars at least. On the other hand, if you find this to be too complicated, you can always hire a trusted plumber. The amount you spend on his labor
MONEY-SAVING TIP: Most plumbers allow you to buy and use your own parts. Typically, a plumber charges more for parts because they use high-grade products that last a long time. But if that’s not your concern, find the part you want at a hardware store or plumbing supply center and hand it to your plumber. He or she will make sure it’s the right fit before installation. This can save you some money on the parts.
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