Install a kitchen faucet! Oh no, what if I have never held a wrench in my life?
Well, don’t fret. Installing a kitchen faucet is easy with just a few common tools. Installing a kitchen faucet can be one of those easy DIYs you do at home. A few things to keep in mind would be reading the manufacturer’s recommendations for your faucet. Some faucets come with lifetime warranties on their parts.
Step 1– Preparation
Just like cooking where you need to prepare the ingredients before hand, installing a kitchen faucet also requires some prep work. The first place you need to prep is under the sink. A careful inspection of the area and cleaning out the cabinets will help you make the installation easier. Next, block the drainage with a cloth.
Also check to see if you have any electrical outlet running underneath your sink- water and electricity is dangerous together so switch off the power before you begin. Only switch it on after you have tested your new faucet for any leaks.
New faucets mechanisms also come with a water-saving aerator so when purchasing your faucet, make sure is feature is included. Also, look into buying a quality faucet that will save you years of frustration and save you money. Faucets that are good quality usually use metal or ceramic parts as it is long lasting.
A new Faucet
An adjustable wrench
Basin or Socket Wrench
Channel locking pliers
Step 2– Getting Down to Business
Now that you have all your tools ready and preparation done, your next step is to take a picture of your plumbing configuration before you do any dismantling. This is to keep for reference.
Step 3– Place a small bucket underneath the sink connections to catch any excess water when you disconnect supply lines. This helps keep the area you are working on clean and you do not have to do any extra cleaning afterwards.
Step 4– Get someone to help you hold the faucet in place above the sink cabinet. Using a basin wrench, you then loosen and remove the nuts holding the faucet below.
Step 5– Once all the nut and screws have been removed, remove the faucet and wipe clean any grime or sealant remnants from the sink’s surface.
Step 6– Now take your new faucet and read any manufacturer’s installation guide.
Step 7– Your faucet should come with a rubber of plastic gasket or in other words, a trim ring. Take this and place it over the faucet holds on the sink and then set the deck plate. When installing the gasket, make sure to either use caulk or plumber putty as described in the manufacturer’s manual.
Step 8– Place the faucet lines into the holes on the sink
Step 9– Now go back under the sink, and install the washers and nuts. Trim away any putty or caulk excess underneath the sink.
Step 10– If your faucet is a pull down type, then attach the quick-connect hose to the supply pipe. Otherwise, pull down on the hose and attach the weight. The weight needs to hang freely underneath the sink so make sure there is space.
Step 11– Now, it’s time to check if your faucet works. Connect it to the water supply. Turn it on slowly to check if there are any leaks. Tighten the connections if you need to.
Step 12– Check the outlet on the faucet itself. To do this, remove the aerator from the faucet and slowly turn the water on. Let the water run without the aerator for a few minutes. This is done to clear up the connections. Again, look at the lines and connections to see if there are any leaks. Tighten or loosen as necessary.
Step 13– You are all done! Now turn the faucet off and put the aerator back on.