Our house is around 20 years old now, and that means a lot of the original fixtures are in need of repairs and even replacement. We did the roof last summer, and I’m pretty sure we’ll need to replace the furnace this fall. Sigh.
Recently, we noticed the original bathroom faucets starting to fail. First the pop-up drains broke off, then the faucets started to leak, and then one of them just stopped working. No water at all. Now I suppose we could replace the cartridge and the drain rod, but honestly the faucets that came with the house just aren’t that attractive.
Dated-looking is putting it kindly. To me this was an opportunity to update the faucet with something more modern.
It’s not just how they look though. Older faucets use more water, and that means wasted water as well as a higher water bill. I’ve been wanting to replace all our faucets with modern water saving fixtures like the EPA WaterSense certified faucets made by American Standard because they limit the water flow to a maximum of 1.5 gallons (5.7 litres) per minute.
When they heard we were in the market for a new faucet, American Standard kindly sent us one of their WaterSense faucets with their unique Speed Connect pop-up drain to replace our old, broken, and wasteful fixture. We received this Fluent Centreset Faucet in chrome.
So last weekend we pulled out the old faucet and the broken drain. If you’ve never done this before, don’t forget to turn off the water first, and expect it to be really gross in there. Make sure you’ve got a bucket, rags, and some paper towels on hand for the worst of the gunk.
Once the old parts are out, you can start putting in the shiny new faucet. Like any pop-up drain, the assembly goes in the drain hole and then you screw on the drain flange to secure it.
But here’s where things can go one of two ways. On a typical faucet the pop-up drain assembly consists of the drain itself and a pivot ball rod that you install on the side of the drain with a ball washer and a pivot nut. The pivot ball rod then has to be adjusted and clipped to a separate extension rod attached to the lift rod (the part you pull to open and close the drain). If it sounds confusing, that’s because it kind of is.
In comparison, our American Standard Speed Connect faucet had only 4 parts (compared to the typical 14), so it took noticeably less time to install the drain. All hubby had to do was screw the faucet’s cable connector into the side. The entire installation of the faucet and the drain took about 20 minutes from start to finish and required a flat head screwdriver and adjustable wrench.
In real life terms, the Speed Connect feature meant a quicker install and less time lying under the sink with the edge of the cupboard digging into hubby’s back.
And here’s the final result!
I’m really happy with our new faucet! It looks elegant, it’s easier to clean without that recessed edge under the spout, and the handles are so much more child-friendly. With this new faucet, Kay can now turn the water on and off independently. She’s so proud of herself, and it’s definitely a bonus for me that I don’t have to drop everything to turn the water on for her every time she has to wash her hands.
The Fluent Centreset Faucet comes in chrome, satin nickel, and rubbed bronze finishes to match any bathroom decor. Available at Amazon, Home Depot, and other home improvement stores.
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