How To Make Your Own Faucets And Cleaning Supplies

I use this system to make my own copper, zinc and plastic faucets.

There are a lot of other companies who sell a whole range of products that you can make at home, but this company in Germany (Schlechtbau) is one of only a few that make their own faucets and cleaning products right here in the United States. You can save a ton of money in this area and you can save your home from nasty stains and even rusting.

You’ll need:

2 sheets of galvanized wire. The larger diameter one is for the handle. I bought mine at Home Depot. (They don’t carry them in the stores. See my pictures and you’ll see.) I got my wire from the local big box store. See where they’re selling it? The large diameter one is 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch. (As far as I know, the two larger diameters are the same, but I didn’t check. Just my opinion.) The smaller diameter is for the handle. You’ll also need 2 galvanized copper plates (I bought mine from Hobby Station).

You can get them right here . I also found the other two I wanted at the local Home Depot.

You can see the two copper plates that I bought on the left. The copper wire is the red wire and the copper plates are the black ones. Also, if you buy 2 of them, you can get more.

And here are the two copper plates I got right now. I’m not sure if I’m going to get more. (But it looked like they were doing pretty well).

The size of your bars will depend on how many copper plates you get in your order. As you can see, I got two of each size.

You’re going to need a drill and a small screwdriver to keep things simple and straight. I also bought a very handy pair of pliers that came with my drill.

Step 1: Cut The Copper

To start, you’re going to need to cut two pieces of the copper plates. One piece goes to the bottom of the handles and one to the bottom of the water tank. (These are the pieces you see on the picture above.) Make your cut around the holes in the copper, or just the holes in the wire. Leave a little room above where you made your cut so the copper can expand and fit well into the hole without bending.

Step 2: Solder The Copper to the Plates

Solder the copper from the small gauge copper to the largest gauge plate for the handle. Be sure to make your solder connection at the bottom.

Put the finished faucet on a metal stand and put something down on the bottom to put pressure on the copper plate to keep it from bending. Then, just let the faucet sit for a while. Check it regularly and then put a new plate on if needed. When you’re done, take the handle off and check for some rust.

That’s it. Pretty simple, right? Now, if you have trouble with rusting, you might try using black paint. You can see the picture below to make sure your copper plate is black so you can tell where the copper touches the copper plate.

And if you put a brass plate on the bottom and screwing it down, you should find that the brass won’t go on very well, because it won’t go all the way through the holes in the brass. But it’s much easier to glue it on after the copper is on. Also, you can adjust its height if you put a bigger, flat one on the bottom.