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CallMeVilla 06-23-2013 11:32 PM

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Excellent pics and welcome to the site. You have a classic situation. Replace the faucet and the supply lines ... just do it. You are not the first guy to attempt a small repair that escalated into a more major one.

Turn off the water at the angle stops (small valves). If they don't stop the water, you will have to replace them (which is a good idea because they do corrode over time). They are standard compression fittings. You will need new supply lines and I recommend the braided version because they alomst never fail or burst.

The next adventure will involved removing the nut which holds the faucet in place. Once thet nut and the plate are removed on both sides, the supply line pipes can be detached at the bottom. (Have a big bowl and towel available for the run off) Now you can lift the old faucet out and drop the new one into the two holes ... but attach the supply lines first and push them down through the holes (if they will fit). If they do not fit, slip the faucet in place and tighten the hold down nuts/plates from underneath. Some faucets require a "basin wrench" to tighten the new nuts from underneath ... sometimes you can do it by hand (if you are flexible and strong). I typically put a bead of kitchen/bath caulk under the faucet's bottom plate then set the faucet onto the counter top. The manufacturers don't require the caulk but I like to make sure there are no possible leaks.

Tighten everything to "feel." Turn on water and test for leaks. TUrn connections tighter as necessary but do not overtighten (rookie mistake)


CallMeVilla 06-25-2013 12:05 AM

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Originally Posted by kizzoboy View Post
I'm thinking I only need an adjustable wrench/vice grips to do this. However, I think I'm going to need one of those special wrenches to get to the nuts that are holding the fixture in place. I'm guessing I can rent that from home depot or something?
Did you miss my referece to a "basin wrench"? Available for cheap at Home Depot. Useful for the rest of your life.

CallMeVilla 06-25-2013 10:49 PM

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Nice pic! That is a standard compression fitting and angle stop. You also want to replace the hard copper pipe with a braided supply line from the angle stop to the faucet connection. A 1/4 turn angle stop is far better than what you currently have.

As Neal (we shadow each other) says, use a wrench to loosen the compression nut (and a ferrule) on the left and the angle stop will come off. Obviously, you need to disconnect the copper supply line. Take ALL the pictures you have posted to HD ... even a monkey can get you the right parts and sometimes, HD hires monkeys.



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