Faucet install slightly off by Plumber should he fix it?

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  1. dmtrunner

    dmtrunner Health care analyst.

    Dec 6, 2009
    Health care analyst.
    Saint George Utah
    After installation of the faucets I notcied the spout is off center and the faucets are not equal in the distance from the off position. Is it typical for the home owner to make these adjustments or call the plumber back and have them make the changes.

  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Well, I would like to see it straight, but I would also like to know if something underneath prevented it from going in perfectly straight. It is something you should call the guy about, and see what he has to say.
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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    Did you check to see if the holes in the sink (lav) were drilled on center?
    I can't tell you how many times I've seen clay sinks that were not round, centered or consistent.

    Is it the product?
    Or the eye of the installer?
  5. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

    Jul 20, 2009
    Design Work World Wide: Bathrooms Vancouver Area
    North Vancouver, BC
    Out of wack install

    Where you there when he installed it?

    There are many things preventing good installs. The biggest problem is with solid surface counter tops and the cut outs for sinks. Many times you need to eat away at the wood underneath so the plumber has room to do his job.

    I use forstner drill bits and my Fein multimaster to give the plumber some room.

    Like mentioned above the sinks can come out of wack. This should have been inspected day one before the plumber was called to the site.

    If you call the plumber back to fix his mistake and the sink is out or the sink cut out is wrong you are going to pay twice for sure. If your plumber just did a sloopy install he should fix it for free.

    The fact that it was installed off center in the first place is alarming - this should have been brought to your attention durning the install.

    It takes a long time to find the right plumber - when you find him treat him like he is family (he can be with you for a long long time).
  6. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

    Jul 24, 2007
    Robber, with some DIY on the side.
    It's little things like this that should motivate you to DIY.
  7. Turdhurder

    Turdhurder New Member

    Dec 9, 2009
    Looks like the tile guy messed up too . On the plumbing side of it , the plumber or whoever installed the faucet should come back and straighten the spout and align the handles . Easy fix . The tile job ( Not being centered ) is really bothering me and would not want that in my house .
  8. Esquire

    Esquire Plumber

    Nov 26, 2009
    Right handle is off too.
    One good thing about older model taps is that everthing was ridgid underneath. It meant that if it was slightly out of line the whole thing was out of line together. Easier to straighten. With the spout there is can be a support post and if that was drilled skewed then it is harder to fix without jepordizing the firmness or security of the spout. But so I don't dishearten you, if could be a very simple fix and all will be happy in no time.
  9. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    A simple bump with your hand will straighten out the faucet spout. The hot and cold barrels can be rotated to even out the handles. Once they were tightened, which happens before the handles are installed, the orientation of the handles depends on how the faucet's handle splines work out. The handle can only be indexed according to them, which is why I prefer to install them at a forward angle rather than exactly 180 degrees from each other, (which is much more apparent than a difference in degrees when they are at an angle. If the faucet has washers, then it doesn't make a lot of difference because they will continually change position as the washer seats itself and then starts to wear.
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