10 Easy steps for Installing a Centerset Faucet With a Pop-Up Drain

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Are you fed up with the same old sink faucet and pop-up drain? If you’re ready to upgrade, installing a center-set faucet with a pop-up drain will bring new life to your bathroom sinks. Fortunately, this do-it-yourself project isn’t as intimidating as it may seem! With some enthusiasm and elbow grease, in five simple steps, you’ll be able to give your drab bathroom a stylish new look.

Choosing Your Centerset Faucet

Choosing the right centerset faucet can be a tricky decision! Do you get a single-handle or double-handle? What’s the difference between those two, anyway? It all boils down to what aesthetic you are going for in your washroom – and where your bathroom sink’s center is located.

Single-handle or double-handle

  • Centralizing a finger-diverted faucet onto one handle cuts down on space, according to some people. They appreciate the springy coil handles and love its single spout offers good coverage over the washbasin. Single-handed ones usually have an escutcheon – an additional metal plate that encases handles and spouts for elegant ‘vintage’ looks.
  • Others like their taps with two handles – a traditional look for bathroom sinks appliances. When washers show up frequently, this choice gives easy access to the stems for fast repairs, compared to those with only one handle.

In short – it all depends on whether you want sleek modern styling or a classic two-tone look.

Bathroom sink’s center location

Consider where your outlet starts, as double-handle items need more width; if yours has enough height above them (at least 3 inches), these attractive faucets come tall! Not to mention the thickness of your sink and if it can hold the extra mounting weight (it should generally do so).

Before You Begin

Ready to upgrade your bathroom with a brand new centerset faucet with a pop-up drain? installing a new faucet may seem daunting, but if you take the time to read the instructions, you could do it yourself! If safety is your first concern, ensure that the water supply valve is completely shut off before you start.

What You’ll Need

Equipment : Tools

Equipment / Tools

  • Adjustable wrench or basin wrench
  • Bucket
  • Channel-lock pliers
  • Screwdriver


  • plumber putty
  • Silicone latex caulk (if needed)
  • New centerset faucet kit
  • Plumber’s tape

Disconnect the Water Supply Lines

Disconnect the Water Supply Lines

To properly disconnect the water supply lines for installing this faucet-drain setup, there are three easy steps needed:

  1. Start by shutting off the main water valve at the line leading directly into the house. Doing this will ensure that your fixtures are manageable with uncontrolled amounts of incoming water.
  2. Next, find two flexible hoses under the sink and unscrew them (or detach them if joined via plastic plumbing) from the faucet system’s supply tube connection stubs. Doing this will prevent any unwanted leaks later on. You’ll want to carefully place these hoses out of reach of any potential spills and wetness as they are often only meant to be used once and then converted out depending on bathroom faucet type (which also means they should never be recycled).
  3. Last but not least, locate the shutoff valves underneath your sink, which control each separate hot + cold line coming from the house pipe and shutoff both by loosening their connections at respective outlets located near where plumping tubing meets current connectors (also known as tailpieces) attached to walls behind/above sink basin strainers respectively

This will protect against unexpected water flow should something go wrong while working on an install project.

Remove the Pop-Up Drain

Remove the Pop-Up Drain

Removing the pop-up drain before installing a centerset faucet doesn’t have to be a tricky endeavor. It can be easy to take just a few steps to get the job done correctly.

  • First, begin by unplugging the sink drain stopper lever’s linkage from underneath the sink basin.
  • Next, remove your sink basin’s overflow plate before detaching any sealant or caulk that may be securing the pop-up drain from above in its place.
  • Finally, use a crescent wrench to unscrew and detach the tailpiece at the bottom end of the pop-up and set it aside for later use. Once all your parts have been separated, you’ll have entirely removed your pop-up drain and will be ready to install that new centerset faucet with style!

Remove the Old Faucet

Remove the Old Faucet

The next step is to remove the old bathroom faucet, making the process of installing the center faucet and pop-up drain much more accessible. You need to do the following steps to achieve this:

  • Carefully check all the screws around the water pipe and remove them with a screwdriver.
  • Tap the part on the bottom of the old faucet – such as the packing ring or wave – to make it rise.
  • Three, prepare the new faucet to fit into the hole above the old faucet.
  • Four, use the new fittings to grab the remaining pieces and remove them carefully.

Then, it’s time to buy the new center stand faucet and drain with pop-up!

Clean the Work Area

Clean the Work

Ensure the plumbers are free of dirt, grease, or grime, and clean the sink where the old faucet used to be.

Visualize the Installation

Visualize the Installation

Visualizing the installation of a centerset faucet with a pop-up drain before actually installing a new faucet is an integral part of the process.

  • This visual inspection will allow you to see if the size and shape of the tap match perfectly with that of the sink basin.
  • Once this has been established, you will be able to thread the supply lines through the sink basin hole to test out your new bathroom faucet installation.
  • Furthermore, after casting your eye over all components, check for any missing or damaged ones.

If all looks satisfactory, you should find that drain assembly is a smooth and straightforward process!

Install a Gasket or Use Plumber’s Putty

  • Installing a gasket or using a plumber putty before a centerset faucet with a pop-up drain goes a long way in achieving successful and sustainable plumbing. Here are a few tips to make sure it’s done right. Ensure the area around the sink is clean before placing down the gasket or applying the putty or caulk; this removes debris and residue, which helps form all around.
  • Next, use your fingers or a tool to spread the gasket or putty along its edges evenly.
  • Finally, press down on both sides to ensure they stick securely.

Who knew such a seemingly complex task could be as simple as those three steps?

Install the Faucet

Installation the Faucet

Having all the materials you need ahead of time makes the process much more straightforward!

  • First, secure the faucet to the sink by fitting the gasket and mounting nuts at the bottom of the sink.
  • Then attach the drain in its place – be sure to tighten it properly without overdoing it, or technical issues may arise.
  • Finally, applying the plumber’s putty or caulk around both components and then screwing them together can help form a seal while properly attaching all parts.

Connect the Faucet

Connect the Faucet

Connecting a faucet to its water supply line is relatively straightforward, but ensure you do it right, or you may end up in a drippy situation.

  • Start by attaching the flexible supply line to the valve inlet – make sure the arrows point toward the handle!
  • Wrap that thread seal tape around the threaded end of the water supply tube and then fit it onto the faucet along with the mounting nuts and ferrule.
  • Tighten, but not too tight!

Connect the Pop-Up Drain

Connect the Pop-Up Drain

You have installed your centerset faucet in no time, but it still needs to be done! You need to properly connect the pop-up drain for long-term functionality.

  • First, insert the pop-up drain into the center hole of your sink. Second, grab the lift rod bracket and secure it to the lift with a U-clamp screw. Lastly, attach the pivot road to the back of the drain, then tighten its mounting nuts.
  • To achieve the desired pop-up drain lift, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and attach the pivot rod to the lift rod bracket. Depending on what you require, you can change screw positions in U-clamp mounting holes if you need to make any adjustments.

Test the Faucet

Test the Faucet

The last step is to test the faucet and pop-up drain. Open up both valves as far as possible and turn on the water entirely. Check for leaks or inconsistencies; if all looks good, it’s time to enjoy your new centerset faucet with a pop-up drain!

Wrapping up

You can install your own centerset faucet with a pop-up drain with just a few quick and easy steps! At Hofen Sanitary, we’ve been manufacturing premium-quality faucets for over ten years. With excellent customer service always available to help with any plumbing needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you want to know more!

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