Installing a Kitchen Faucet on my Own
There are certain things in your house that don’t really require a professional to do. Changing a bulb for instance, or installing a kitchen faucet are things that you can single handedly do on a Saturday afternoon even when you have never done it again. And to the people who fear replacing and old faucet because of the added costs of hiring a plumber, listen very keenly as we shall also look at how you can simply do it.
You see, no one has an excuse of not being able to install or replace a kitchen faucet. Well, can you turn off your water source? Are you able to differentiate one side of a wrench from the other? Well, if you answered yes to both questions, you are good to go.
As for the ladies, if you can dirty hands for at least thirty minutes, you don’t really have to call a plumber over to do the job for you. Installing a kitchen faucet is not a tough man’s job anyway. You just need to follow the instructions keenly. Actually, if you are already armed with the right tools and you can do the following few things, you can replace or install your faucet any time from now.
- You know how to switch off the water supply to your kitchen, for both hot and cold supplies. In many kitchens, you can simply shut off the water supply by turning a lever under the sink.
- You have all your tools ready- We shall overview the tools you are supposed to have in a few minutes. But if you already know what they are, keep them close to you.
- Release the water pressure left after turning off the water supply by switching the faucet on and off. This applies to when you are replacing the faucet.
But before you start working on your faucet, here are questions whose answers you need to have.
How many installation holes does your sink have?
In most cases, installing a kitchen faucet with the same number of holes as your sink is very easy. However, even if the number of holes don’t match up, it is still easy to install it. Most of the modern faucets actually require only one hole for installation instead of the three holes many traditional double handle faucets demanded.
When choosing a kitchen faucet, you will see in the specifications the number of holes that that certain model will require. If you don’t have one yet, but searching the market for the best kitchen faucet, I’d recommend you to check out Top Faucets Reviewed for a buying guide, comparison of top products, and more tips on installation, repair and maintenance.
Again, these days it is easy to find plates that you can use to block the holes you won’t require once you install the faucet. Still, with new sinks you could be the deciding factor of how many holes you want drilled for the sake of your faucet.
Are you buying a side sprayer?
Most faucets with a side sprayer require an extra hole for installation purposes, which means that if the faucet will require two holes for installation, the only extra hole will have to be taken by the sprayer. You will also need to know whether your faucet has a water filtration system or you will have to install one, and whether there are any corroded fittings or pipes under your sink. These could translate to more expenses, or could make your new installation leak.
Remove the Old Faucet
Assuming you have been using a faucet all along, turn off the water valve under your sink and get prepared to remove the old faucet. You will require,
- A wrench
- A small tray
- Slip-joint pliers
Step by step process
- Once you have disconnected the water supply, reach for the old faucet and unscrew the nuts that holds it firm.
- Lift out the old faucet out and disconnect the sprayer hose as well.
- Clean up the sink, and all the joints that may have accumulated any debris.
- Check if all the nuts are working, if the fittings are okay and pay more attention to the escutcheon cap (works with the hose sprayer).
You are now about to install the new faucet…
Step One: Connect the Sprayer Hose
In the case you are using a side sprayer, slip it into the center hole and tighten it up with a wrench. After that, assemble your tools for the new installation. If there are any special instructions from the manufacturer make sure to note them down. Otherwise you may just make all the connections you can before crawling down under your sink.
Step Two: Connect any flexible connectors
Sometimes the length of the cold supply tube may vary from that of the hot supply tube, so try and fix any flexible connectors accordingly for the faucet to get installed properly.
Step Three: Install the Faucet
Seat the faucet once you have all the connectors and supply lines fitted to the center hole. You may then install a washer and a nut under the sink before tightening up all bolts and nuts. After that, if you’re using a tankless water heater or a water filter, you’ll need to connect those fixtures as required.