Installing a Freestanding Tub Faucet – A Simple, Step-by-Step Guide.

Installing a Freestanding Tub Faucet is a simple, step-by-step guide that will teach you how to install one in your home. You can use this guide regardless of whether or not you’re installing it yourself, if you need help with the installation, or if you want to purchase one already installed. This guide includes helpful tips and tricks for installing your faucet as well as what parts to buy and where to find them. If you have any questions about your faucet after reading through this guide, don’t hesitate to reach out for help!


What is a Freestanding Tub Faucet?

A freestanding tub faucet is a tub faucet that is separate from the sink. The sink remains in the bathroom, but the tub faucet is installed on the side of the tub. This makes it easy to turn on and off and also harder to accidentally turn on while washing your hands. Freestanding tub faucets are usually installed above the water level in a cabinet above your shower or bathtub. This makes it easier to clean out any dirt and debris that might have accumulated around your faucet without even having to reach for a rag or towel.


What Are the Parts of a Freestanding Tub Faucet?

  • Hand Shower: Hand showers are usually sold separately from the main tub faucet and trim kit. They have a metal body with a plastic or rubber grip, and they attach to your main faucet with the help of some screws.Trim Kit: This is the decorative part of your faucet that you see when you’re looking at it. The trim kit is usually made out of plastic or metal, and it can be chrome, brass, or even a brushed nickel finish. It’s attached to the main body of your faucet with the help of some screws.
  • Tub Spout: The tub spout is the part of your faucet that directs the water from your faucet to the tub. It is usually made out of metal, plastic, or brass. The tub spout will have a threaded end where you can screw on your shower head or a shower arm.
  • Hand Shower Hose: This is a flexible hose that connects your hand shower to the main tub faucet. It’s usually made out of plastic or rubber and it can be coiled or stretched out depending on your needs.
  • Hand Shower Diverter: This part controls the flow of water from your hand shower. It is usually a plastic knob that can be turned to divert the water flow either to the tub spout or the hand shower.
  • Shower Head: The shower head is what sprays out the water from your faucet. It’s usually made out of metal, plastic, or brass. There are many different types of shower heads out there, so I’ll leave this one up to you! The Tub Spout and Hand Shower are usually sold separately from the main faucet and trim kit
  • Handle: The handle is the part that you turn to adjust the water’s temperature. It’s usually made out of metal, but some faucets have plastic handles instead.
  • Valve: The valve is the part that controls the flow of water from your faucet to your shower head.
  • Hot and Cold Supply Lines: The supply lines are the hoses that run from your faucet to the water line.
  • Mounting Bracket:  The mounting bracket is what attaches your faucet to the floor. It usually comes in two pieces, a top and a bottom piece.
  • Floor Bolts: The floor bolts connect your faucet to the mounting bracket.

Where to Find Screws, Washers, and Other Hardware

You can find screws, washers, and other hardware at any home improvement store. You can find them in the plumbing section. However, you’ll need to contact a professional to install your faucet if you don’t have this knowledge or experience and would like smooth installation.


How to Install a Freestanding Tub Faucet

Free standing tub faucet installation

Below are all of the steps necessary to install your freestanding tub faucet:

  1. Choose your faucet and hardware.
  2. Turn off the water to the bathroom where you plan to install the tub faucet. 
  3. Remove the old tub spout and handle, as well as all of the old fixtures and hardware.
  4. Install your new tub spout, handle, shower head, shower arm, and trim kit with a new valve (if necessary)
  5. Attach your hot and cold supply lines to your faucet with unions or adapters if necessary (the unions will have to be glued in place). 
  6. Next, Attach a mounting bracket for your faucet to the floor.
  7. Attach your faucet to your mounting bracket with a floor bolt and washer (if necessary).
  8. Turn on the water and test your new tub spout, handle, shower head, shower arm, and trim kit.
  9. Enjoy your new tub faucet and shower!

Tips and Tricks for Your Installation

There are a few tips and tricks for your installation that you should keep in mind. The first is to make sure that the faucet you are installing has a supply line coming off of it with an adjustable valve. This ensures that the water pressure going through your faucet is steady and doesn’t fluctuate during use. Another important tip is to make sure that your tub spout has a swivel head on it, which will help you get to different areas around the tub more easily.

Another tip for your installation is to make sure that there is enough clearance underneath the faucet. If there isn’t enough clearance, then it may not be possible to install the faucet properly, or there may be issues with getting water out of the spout. The last tip for your installation is to make sure any connections you’re connecting the need to be sturdy and durable so they can withstand repeated use.


Conclusion

A freestanding tub faucet is a perfect addition to a bathroom. It’s sleek, functional, and easy to install. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be enjoying a luxurious bath in no time!


FAQs

How much does it cost to install a freestanding tub faucet?

Installing a freestanding tub faucet is not overly expensive. The price range for most of the products will be between $60 and $100.

Where do you put a freestanding tub faucet?

Freestanding tub faucets can be mounted in any location in the bathroom, as long as you have enough space to install it. They can be placed either on the wall, or on the countertop depending on your preference.

How tall should a freestanding tub faucet be?

The height of the faucet should be as close as possible to what your bathtub is. If you are installing a freestanding tub faucet on the wall, it should be mounted at a height that will allow you to comfortably reach in and wash your hair between 20″ -30″.