As you know I took a trip to Delta Faucet a few weeks back. During the trip they gave us some parting gifts for taking the time to go out and learn about them. One of these items was a Delta 592T-SS-DST Addison Single Handle Lavatory Faucet with Touch2O.xt Technology! Needless to say after using and learning about these technologies for a few days I had my eyes on them
As I have two bathrooms in the house (both needed new faucet upgrades from the contractor install 10 years ago) I opted to purchase a second one so they both matched, and so I didn’t get confused while washing my hands in the middle of the night.
Now, let the adventure begin!
Project Stats: Installing bathroom faucet
Time: 45 minutes (to install the faucet)
Value for cost: Medium
Tools Needed: Pipe Wrench, Pliers, screwdriver (flat head), Teflon Tape, Plumbers Putty, hammer (just in case
I will have to stop here with the photos for the drain install. This is for two reasons. First is taking pictures of the drain install is redundant as it is REALLY easy. Second, I did not want to touch my nice camera after touching drains. Remember the drain carried everything that goes down the sink. Make sure to wash your hands often, and wear gloves!
The reason this faucet needs the drain replaced (most do not) is due to the fact that for this to operate it needs to operate on a separate ground. If you used a metal drain, it would sporadically go off and on as it would get currents and think someone wanted it on.
Steps to installing a new drain:
- Take out the old drain (this sounds easier than it really is!)
- Disconnect the elbow and clean it out (this will save you time later)
- Take the drain top(pictured above) run a thick bead of silicone or plumbers putty and place in the top of the sink.
- Take the bottom of the drain and match it to the top. Keep this part still, as you will need it in the right spot for the drain plug to work.
- Rotate the top cap until it is snug, plenty of plumbers putty should come out.
- Connect the elbow to the sink and to the main drain line.
- Use teflon tape on threaded connections
- Install the drain plug to the back of the sink drain and test for smooth operation
The install for me went quickly and easily. It was harder to take the old faucet out, due to brittle plastic clips and rigid piping. Putting in the new faucet was straightforward. Delta includes two sets of instructions. One visual and one technical. Combined they covered anything you would want to know.
Using the faucet is easy, and company has been very impressed so far.
I did have some leaks with my pipes after the install. This was from my drainage pipes (not faucet related and I had to reconnect them several times before I got a good seal. A great tip is to take a dry paper towel lay it over a bowl and see if anything leaks. Prompt this with several scenarios (Run water for a minute, fill the basin and drain. Use stopper. Run slow water) this will save you from an unexpected flood in the future!
I’ll post videos soon of how it works.