A faucet is second to only utensils when it comes to its purpose and use in the kitchen. You head to the sink after every meal for dishwashing. What will you do if your faucet breaks down? Every time you need water, you will have to go out of the kitchen. It’s better to avoid such a headache by simply changing the faucet. It enhances your washing experience making it simple and quick and is an update you require to keep your kitchen modern and trendy.
I bring you a step-by-step guide on how to replace a kitchen faucet. After reading it, you wont have to call a plumber to fix the faucet.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
Replacing the faucet involves removing all the water lines, nuts, washers and the rest of the assembly holding the faucet in place. You cannot accomplish the process with bare hands. You need to have a few tools in access to do your work easily. I have made a list of the things that you will need in replacing the best rated kitchen faucets. You can pay a trip to the nearest hardware store and make your purchase prior to starting your work. This will not only save your time but let you work smoothly.
STEP 1: DETERMINE THE FAUCET TYPE
You have to take care of an important point before starting work and it is the type of faucet you gonna install on the sink. Have a look on the underside of the sink; the holes there- usually between 1 and 4- will tell you the type of faucet.
STEP 2: GATHER THE TOOLS
Open the kitchen cabinet below the sink and make space for you to work freely. It would be better if you gather all the tools close-by. Work in a comfortable setting and prop up a pillow under your back as the process can take 30-45 minutes easily.
STEP 3: CLOSE THE WATER LINES
Check the water connections and close the main valves. Use a pipe wrench to undo the drain lines and P-trap. Place a bucket under the lines to catch the residual water. If the pipes are of plastic, you can reuse them. However, go for replacing the chrome-plated pipes if they are too old.
STEP 4: DISMANTLE THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL
In order to replace the faucet, you should dismount the disposal unit. Before you touch it, remove its plug from the socket and turn off its power. Open up the mounting nut and loosen the gasket until the unit is free. Put it aside.
STEP 5: UNDO THE FAUCET CONNECTIONS
Once you have cleared the equipment blocking your way, you can proceed to the faucet. Use a flashlight to light your way underneath the sink. If the faucet is too old, it will take some time to come out. Either the nuts are rusty or the threads are sticking to each other due to overuse. Use oil to loosen them and remove them with a basin wrench.
STEP 6: REMOVE THE OLD FAUCET
Once you have taken out the holding assembly, it becomes easy to pull out the old faucet. If it is still stuck, cut the caulk and pull it out. Clean the sink surface with a cleaner.
Plug a gasket or rubber ring on the surface of sink showing holes. Set the escutcheon plate over the holes. For once, consult the manual for installation instructions of your specific faucet type.
STEP 7: MOUNT THE NEW FAUCET
Push the faucet lines down the hole in the sink. I am installing a faucet with single-hole configuration. You can also choose a 3 or 4 holes faucet. A single-hole faucet can be installed on a sink with 3-4 holes using a deck plate whereas vice versa is not possible.
STEP 8: MAKE THE NEW CONNECTIONS
Pull out the lines on the bottom side of the sink. Roll over the gasket, washer and nut on the lines and tighten them using a wrench. You can use plumber’s putty to hold the gasket in place
STEP 9: ATTACH THE PIPELINES
Connect one of the two flexible lines of the faucet to the main water valve in the wall. The other one is for the hose connection. Attach it to the supply pipe and add a weight to keep it balanced. Wrap the plumber’s tape around the supply lines to secure and make them leak-free. Put the disposal unit, drainpipes and P-Trap back in their place.
STEP 10: PERFORM A FINAL CHECK
Once you have made all the connections, open the main water valve. Check the lines for any leak. If there is a leak, apply some more tape to the pipelines or tighten the connection using a wrench.
There is an aerator inside the faucet mouth. Take it out and open the faucet valve. Let the water wash the insides of the faucet clean for a few minutes. This way anything sitting inside the new lines will flow out. Your new faucet is now ready to use.
I am sure after reading this tutorial you will find it easy to replace your rusty old kitchen faucet. You can opt for an update only when it is inevitable. Otherwise, maintain the faucet and sink periodically.
The kitchen is a place where you cook your daily meals and enjoy conversations over a dinner table. You would not want to keep it dirty and unclean. So a usual clean-up of the sink, disposal unit and faucet is necessary to ensure hygiene and disease-free life. If you take care of the present one, there will hardly be the need to replace it so soon. It will save your resources like money and time. Share this guide with your friends and don’t forget to leave your views in the comments section below