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REPLACE A BATHROOM FAUCET

Afaucet can go a long way to update a vanity or sink. Faucets designed with the DIYer in mind are easy to install because you do most of the work above the countertop - so you don't have to lie on your back with your head in a dark cabinet trying to see what you're doing. Faucet manufacturers have figured out a way to pre-assemble the unit, eliminating the daunting task of making all the parts fit together. You have to empty the cabinet so you can reach inside to hold the faucet while you tighten it. For tools, the bare minimum is required, just an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver. A plumber will charge $304 to remove an old single-control faucet and replace it with a top quality new one, but you can buy a new one for $170 and install it yourself, saving 47 percent. The replacement gets more complicated and expensive if the existing faucet is very old or has two handles, which usually requires a different type of faucet. Tip: Don't forget to turn off the water supply lines under the sink before you begin this or any faucet project. To find more DIY project costs, and to post comments and questions, visitdiyornot.com. Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services

Pro cost DIY cost Pro hours DIY hours DIY savings Percent saved $304 $170 1.3 2.5 $134 47% Source: Tribune Media Services

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