Friday, May 06, 2016

American Standard's Speed-Connect Faucets - A DIY Dream! #RMBReno {review & giveaway}

I feel like we've been in a pretty constant state of renovations for the past year. It started with Hubs wanting to tear down a wall in the basement and create a man cave of video gamer and musician dreams. That meant the living room was turned into the family room, complete with a sound system, and speakers hung from the ceiling. Then we went completely nuts and hired contractors to come in and do the kitchen. (Love the final product!!) Of course, there's still this vain hope that one day I'll finish turning my grown step-son's bedroom into a functional home office, but for now I work in there surrounded by boxes and bins and unopened gallons of paint. One Day.

The thing is, once you start renovating it's hard to stop. You finish your kitchen, and suddenly your bathroom looks so very shoddy. Bathroom done? The wall colour in the master bedroom is so 1992, and the lighting is terrible, so on you go. I doesn't help when the contractor who did your kitchen keeps pointing out things they could work on next, if only you'd toss the cash his way. But I digress.

Once the kitchen was done we did start looking at the bathroom upstairs. It's all grey fixtures and grey tile and could definitely use an update. It's also super tiny, so we spent some time looking for a vanity we could fit in there to replace the horrible, grey pedestal sink. And then, in a moment of serendipity, I got an email asking if I'd like to review one of American Standard's Speed-Connect Faucets. So I guess the reno was meant to be!

We had decided to go DIY on the bathroom to save some cash, and, well, because I enjoy DIY. This line of faucets is perfect for a DIY lover as they really are quite simple to connect. They come with just 4 parts as opposed to the typical faucet installation with 14, and word is they install in one third the time. Having not installed a regular faucet recently I can't specifically confirm that, but I can say installation basically involved placing the escutcheon plate, dropping the hoses down through, tightening a washer underneath, and screwing the hoses on to the water supplies. Done and done.

Times Square Monoblock Faucet
The faucet comes with this small plate as well as a larger one in case you need to cover a three-hole set-up.
Our new faucet is the Times Square Monoblock Faucet. I fell for the sleek, modern look. The lines and monoblock structure make it a great choice for a small space as well. Not having the hot and cold taps on the sides means less visual noise, and it looks great on the super slim vanity and sink we found.

Times Square Monoblock Faucet

This faucet is all metal construction, with a ceramic disc valve cartridge for smooth operation and no drips. It really moves like a dream. And there's a hot limit safety stop built in that limits the amount of hot water allowed to mix with cold - super feature for families with young kids!

How did our installation go? Well, the first step was getting the old faucet off, and that was actually a big deal. I had to bring in reinforcements (Hubs) because I simply couldn't loosen the nuts, screws, or anything. Also, our old sink was very awkward to get in under and there wasn't a lot of room to maneuver a wrench. The whole process of getting the old faucet and sink out and new vanity in took way more time than thought it would and delayed the new faucet installation, but we got there. Just something to keep in mind as you plan your own renovations.

As I mentioned above, installing the new faucet was beyond easy. The most difficult part was tightening the washer underneath to keep it stable. And that wasn't difficult at all, just a little tricky to position the wrench correctly to get at it. And that's a comment on the shape of the sink underneath, not the faucet itself. The flexible supply lines and the stainless steel drain cable are pre-assembled to the faucet, so that saves three connection steps (and time) right away.

We did have some trouble with the drain installation though. The concept is very straightforward, and the drain itself was easy enough and sealed perfectly just by tightening the top and bottom pieces together. Our difficulty was with the stopper. For some reason we couldn't immediately get it to connect to the lever mechanism the lifts it up and down. I'm not sure what we were doing wrong, but we got it after a couple of tries.

Times Square Monoblock Faucet
Isn't she pretty?
Bottom line, I would recommend this line of faucets for any DIY bathroom or kitchen reno. Great quality and easy to install. A new faucet adds a whole new look to your bathroom (or kitchen!) It's available in both Polished Chrome and Brushed Nickel finishes.

You can connect with American Standard on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

A Giveaway

I love my new faucet and how easy it was to install, and American Standard and I would love for you to experience one of their Speed-Connect Faucets for yourself! One lucky RMB reader will receive their choice of one of the following faucets from this collection! The value of the faucets ranges from $239 to $425. Winner will choose one of:
·         Times Square Monoblock Faucet
·         Fluent Monoblock Faucet
·         Fluent Centreset Faucet
·         Town Square Monoblock Faucet
Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm EDT, May 23. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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