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Parts You May Need to Replace a Faucet

Of course, the main thing you will need to replace your faucet is a new faucet. What you get will largely depend on your personality. If you want to go with the lowest priced faucet, you may. They are generally fairly durable and not very expensive. Nevertheless, they don't have that touch of class that a nice fixture brings to a room. They also tend not to last as long as a better fixture. There are innumerable styles and brands for both kitchen and bath available at your local hardware store or home center.

The new faucet may be all you will need. But if you are replacing an older fixture, you might also want to replace the hoses. In fact, a leaky hose or valve might be the reason that you started this project in the first place. The key is to find the right hose. It must attach to both your new faucet and your valve. Both ends will normally be different sizes but both will have a nut head.

You may also be replacing valves, or in some cases, there were no valves to begin with. It is a good idea to have valves in proximity to your fixture for many reasons, but the best one is that you can shut off the water to where you are working, in effect isolating the fixture. This way you don't have to shut off water to the entire house to fix a minor problem. Choosing the correct valve depends largely on what kind of supply pipe was used to bring water to the fixture. Plastic pipe will require a valve that can be screwed onto a fitting that is glued to the pipe. A copper pipe requires one that can be soldered to it, or screwed onto a fitting. And a 3/8 inch supply line can be accommodated with a valve with a compression ring. Ask your local hardware man (or woman) which one to purchase, just be sure you know what kind of supply line you have before you go to the store.

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