Replacing the old kitchen faucet is not a tough lengthy way rather it is a quick and easy way. It will not only fulfill your necessities but also increase the style of your kitchen.
Today we have come up with this article about the self-way of fixing your kitchen faucet. We are hopeful that you will able to replace your kitchen faucet yourself after going through our piece. So, get started.
Follow these 5 steps and install your new Faucet easily
Tools You Need
Before you get started to replace your old faucet you will need some supplies and tools to remove your old one and to fix the new one.
You will need some penetrating oil to help loosen up any corroded connections on the old faucet. You will also need:
- Few old and long towels
- A bucket
- An adjustable wrench
- A basin wrench, a pair of scissors
- some Teflon tape
- A good-quality sink removing products.
New supply hoses are also a good idea to buy since these hoses operate under pressure and can weaken over time. So it’s better to replace those after years of use. Supply hoses with steel sleeves will provide the best protection against bursting.
Step 1: Buying new Faucet
Your process starts with buying the new kitchen faucet first. You will get a variety of different styles and finishes to increase the overall look of your kitchen.
You choose the one which fits with your other kitchen things i.e. cabinet. Keep in mind that the faucet you are buying goes well with sink appliances and cabinet hardware. Before selecting your faucet first be sure about the number of holes your sink have as you will want the new kitchen faucet to take up the same number of holes as the old one. If you buy a faucet that has a pullout sprayer, but if you have a separate sprayer attached to your old faucet then you will have to buy a hole cover to conceal the sprayer hole in the sink.
Based on faucet style fixing and replacing may vary. However, we know maximum houses have copper water supply lines. Considering this we have prepared this article.
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Step 2: Remove the Old One
The very first step in the replacing faucet project is to take everything out of the under sink cabinet. It will allow space to work under there. Then, shut off the water supply by turning the hot and cold shutoff valves. After this, turn on both hot and cold water tape of the faucet to drain water from the lines.
The next challenging part of the replacement project is accessing all the nuts and fittings. You will have to crawl under the sink to get access to those. You can use old towels to provide some cushioning. Now, disconnect the garbage disposal or p–trap blocking if you have and turn off the power of hardwired garbage disposal. One thing you can do, to take pictures before dismantling so that you are not confused when you re-fix those.
Now, take the adjustable wrench and loosen the nuts that connect those supply tubes to the supply valves to remove the old faucet. Use penetrating oil if the nuts tighten up heavily. Just put a small amount of this thin oil around each nut. After a couple of minutes, the nuts will come off easily. As a precaution, use a bucket and an old towel to catch any water if it leaks out while you loosen the nuts.
If you are replacing the old sprayer assembly, the next step is to disconnect the hose that attaches the sprayer to the faucet. Next, go for removing the mounting nuts underneath the faucet using a basin wrench. Basin wrenches are designed specifically to reach up into that tight area underneath the faucet. Now, lift the old faucet out of the sink.
Clean and Wash
The next step you will do is thoroughly clean the faucet and sprayer attachment area of the sink. Remove all the hard water deposits corrosion or old putty bits and pieces.
Step 3: Fix new Faucet
Now the final step which is to install the new faucet you bought for your kitchen.
First, insert the faucet shanks through the base gasket and attach the new supply tubes to the faucet to help prevent leaks, wrap the threads with a few layers of Teflon tape before your screw on the supply tubes. Use a length of tape that will go around the threads about three times. Make sure the connections are good and tight but don’t use excessive force. Now, insert the supply tubes through the holes in the sink, set the faucet in position, and screw on the mounting nuts. You may need someone in this part of processing to help you out. Because it’s easier for someone is standing over the sink to hold the faucet in proper alignment. Use a wrench to tighten the mounting nuts. The next job is to attach the supply lines to the supply valves. Don’t forget to apply some Teflon tape to the threads on the valves and screw on the nuts.
If your new faucet has a sprayer to attach, now it is the phase to connect the sprayer hose. The way you will depend on the faucet, if it comes off plastic connector it is linked to the end of the sprayer hose to the underside of the faucet. Now it is time to reconnect those items i.e. if you had to disconnect the garbage disposal p-trap or anything else underneath the sink to attach.
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Remove the aerator, turn on the faucet both cold and hot handles, turn on the water supply. So, for final check-up let the water run for a few minutes to flush out any remains. Check it carefully that nothing is leaking at the faucet and underneath the sink. Now, shut off the faucet, replace the aerator, and wipe off all the fingerprints.
The job has done.
So, not much trouble for you to replace and fix your faucet of your own. It is just a matter of an hour and a few minutes.