How to Replace a Bathroom Faucet
Change your leaky fixture in just a few hours
The leaking faucet handle in the master bathroom once read “cold” but now just cries “old.” This vestige of the 1980s, in all its cut-plastic glory, is not quite the period detail you had in mind when you bought the place. What you need is a serious faucet, made of brass and steel and finished in gleaming chrome, elegant nickel, or strapping dark iron. Turn its weighty handles and the tap shuts with such finality you feel like you're sealing off the hatch of a ship.
The good news is that you're only a few wrench cranks away from the spigot of your dreams. Most new faucets come as an ensemble with all the components you need, including matching spout, handles, drain collar, and sink stopper. So, as This Old House technical editor Mark Powers demonstrates here, your faucet-assembly time will be held to a couple of hours. Then all you'll be able to think when you look at your upgraded sink will be: “Wow, that's hot!”