How to Install a Kitchen Faucet
Sometimes the kitchen faucet in your home breaks and there is nothing left to do but buy a new one. However, the price of calling a plumber just to do an installation is outrageously expensive. Not only are you paying for the installation of the product, but also their time. So, why spend all of that extra money when installing a kitchen faucet is not technically complicated? By following a few simple steps and possessing the right tools, you can know How to Install a Kitchen Faucet.
Make Sure You Have Your Tools:
You will need these following items:
It is also a good idea to have plumbing tape on hand, as well as towels, a flashlight, and WD-40. Before starting any project it is important to be prepared, as this will allow you to finish in an ideal amount of time. If everything is with you when you begin, you will not need to go looking for an extra tool and halt your installation.
Turn Off Your Water:
Before you begin, you need to turn off the water that supplies your sink. It is important not to have any water running while you attempt a plumbing job. Once the water supply valves, usually located under a sink, are shut off, turn on your sink just to make sure. This will drain any remaining water and also depressurize the system.
Disconnect the Supply Line:
It may be a wise idea to take a picture of the set up of your plumping before you disconnect, as you can use this to set the line back up. In order to remove the old faucet on the sink, you must disconnect the supply lines underneath the sink first. Use an adjustable wrench to unscrew them and then place the supply lines to the side. Consider replacing them with new lines if they are damaged.
Remove the Old Faucet:
To remove the top of the sink, you must remove the nuts that hold the sink in place. They are usually found underneath the sink and when they are removed it will allow you to lift the old faucet from where it rests. If they happen to be on top of the sink, unscrew them from where they rest and then take away the deck plate.
Clean Your Work Area:
It would not be wise to put a new faucet into place without cleaning the surface now that the old one is gone. It may take some elbow grease as grim can build. Clean away any old putty that held your old faucet in place. Make sure your work area is devoid of any rust or mold, as this can also cause problems and be damaging to the structure of your sink.
Mount Your New Faucet:
To mount the new faucet it will need to be anchored with putty. Lay down a thin string of putty on the underside of the deck plate, along the rim, and then put the faucet in place.This will create a watertight seal and allow no damage to come to the underside of your faucet. It is extremely important to protect the underside of your faucet or else you may damage the structural integrity of your kitchen sink.
Now that the deck plate of the faucet is in place, fasten it with the nuts and bolts it comes with to anchor it firmly in place. Tighten the nuts with your fingers before using a wrench on them, as this will allow you to see if the faucet is in the correct place. If everything looks aligned properly, tighten the nuts with the wrench the rest of the way. Do not go overboard when tightening the nuts as you may cause stripping to the metal. This can make it harder to remove them in the future.
Clean Your Work Area (Again) and Reinstall the Supply Lines:
Now that the sink is mounted, scrape away any excess putty and wipe down the area. This will make the surface area of the sink look crisp and professional. Once that is done and the area is clean, reconnect the supply lines or install new ones as needed with a pipe wrench. Tighten firmly to make sure no water leaks.
Turn the Water Supply Back On:
Now that the new faucet is installed and everything is in place, turn your supply lines back on. Run the faucet, check for any leaks. If the faucet links, locate the area it is leaking from the access if you completed a step incorrectly. If not, the faucet may have a defect. If there are no leaks, the faucet has been installed correctly.
Others Things to Consider:
it is very simple to install a new faucet in your kitchen. If you are prepared and have instructions close, it is a job that will take under an hour to complete. But the undeniable best thing about learning how to install a kitchen faucet by yourself is that you will save a lot of money if you do not need to call a plumber.