How to Replace a Two Handle Bathtub Faucet: the DIY Guide

A two handle bathtub faucet can be a great addition to your home. However, it does not come without its own problems. Among them is the difficulty of replacing a faulty or broken faucet. Here are some tips on how to change the faucet in your tub.


Tools Required For Replacement

Tools needed for the replacement of a two handle bathtub faucet include

  1. a screwdriver,
  2. pliers,
  3. pipe wrench,
  4. drill,
  5. a rubber gasket

If you don’t have all these tools at your disposal, it would be best to borrow them from someone who does.

How to Replace A Two Handle Faucet

First, disconnect the hot and cold water lines from the faucet. Then, unscrew the two handles on the faucet. After removing the handles, you should see a metal rod connecting the two handles. You need to loosen this rod with a screwdriver in order to unscrew it from the faucet body. Next, pull out any screws that may be holding down brass valves in order to remove them from your bathtub or shower head. Place the new brass valves in their place and tighten them with a screwdriver. Attach each handle to its respective valve and tighten them again with a screw driver. Lastly, reconnect your water lines to the new faucet by reinserting them into their corresponding valves and tightening them up again with a screwdriver.

What Not To Do

There are many ways to successfully replace a tub faucet. However, there are some things you should definitely not do. You should not use any tools that may cause damage to your home or the plumbing system. Do not try to replace the faucet with an electric model unless you know exactly how it works. Do not attempt to remove the old faucet by using a bucket or a plunger. This can result in flooding and serious damages such as water damage, mold growth, and structural damage.

Best Practices

The best way to replace a two handle bathtub faucet is probably by taking your old one with you. If you do decide to follow this method, make sure that the handle you’re planning on replacing has a threaded end in order for it to be screwed onto the faucet.

If you’re not looking to purchase a replacement but rather just want to replace a broken or leaking one, it’s easiest if you take off the entire faucet and unscrew the bottom of it. Once you do this, all of the parts will come out and can be replaced individually. This includes the washers, o-rings, and handles.

When replacing an individual part such as a handle or washer, make sure that they are tightened back into place when they are installed so they don’t leak again later.