Faucet is one of the most frequently used tools in our kitchen, and we don’t want it to go out of order. But sometimes, our old faucets are likely to get jammed/malfunctioning or just poor in performance. So, we have to look forward to upgrading it to a newer one.
Also, sometimes it’s just an advanced and cooler faucet we look for and do install a new faucet in place of the old ones.
Either way, if you want to do this installation process risk-free, you better spend a few bucks by employing a plumber to do the job. But if you prefer to be a DIYer yourself, this article is written for you.
In this article, we’ve broken down the steps of installing a kitchen faucet without any professional’s help. Let’s start reading-
What You Need to Do Before Installing A New Faucet
Replacing The Old Faucet
First thing first; you have to replace the old faucet from its place if you have one. And we have a step by step guide on how to remove kitchen faucet for that.
However, if you’re moving to a new house with no kitchen faucet installed ever, the effort comes to be half. All you have to do is to install the faucet.
To Know the Number of Holes in The Sink
Secondly, you need to know how many holes there are in the sink. These holes can be anything from 1 to 4, and that determines the type of faucet you should be using.
One thing to note that, you can install a 1 hole faucet in a 2 or 3 or 4 hole sink, and 2 hole faucet in a 3 or 4 hole sink. But you can’t do it reverse. That means a 3 hole faucet can’t be installed in a sink with 1 or 2 holes.
As you have acknowledged these facts, let’s go through the next steps-
Step 1: Install the Gasket and Faucet Line
The first step is to install the gasket, which is made of rubber or plastic. There is a faucet hole right on your sink where you can set the deck plate. After you are done with installing the rubber gasket, put the deck plate on the gasket. You may have to use a putty or chalk for the process.
As you’re done with installing the gasket, install the faucet line through it. If there are more than one holes in the faucet, place the specific pipes through the specific holes.
Step 2: Install Washers and Nuts
Washers and its nuts are the part that is supposed to be installed underneath the sink. These are supposed to be attached under the gasket.
In case you’ve used chalk or plumber’s putty under the gasket, you may need to remove the excess portion of it.
Step 3: Setup the Hot and Cold Water Tapes
Many of the faucets nowadays, come up with both hot and cold water. If your one is so, then be sincere when you’re setting them up.
A piece of advice is to turn the water valves counter clockwise. Also, if these valves are not used for quite a while, this may contain leaks. Double check that before making it done.
Step 3: Pull Down the Hose and Put the Weight
If you are using a pull-down faucet, you need to quickly connect the hose that comes with the box. The hose will be attached to the supply pipe. And finally, attach the weight on the hose to keep it at a low level.
An important tip is to make sure that the weight can hand freely underneath the sink.
Step 4: Give Connection to the Supply Lines
If you’re done well till step 3, your faucet system should be ready to be connected with the water supply line. You can use plumber’s tape to solidify the connection and make it leak-proof.
On an additional note, while working with plumber’s tape, don’t tighten it up too much. That might damage or slow down the flow.
Once you are done with connecting up, turn on the water and check whether it comes out of the faucet properly or not. Sometimes, you may need to tighten the connectors to have stronger connections.
Step 5: Remove The Aerator and Make The Line Clear
You will have an aerator along with the faucet itself. Once you are done with ensuring the line connection, take out the aerator and turn the water on.
Let the water flow for a while without the aerator. That will clear up the line and clean the dust inside.
Once done, make a readjustment of the aerator and put it back on track.
Benefits of Installing the Kitchen Faucet Yourself
So, that was the DIY guide on how to install a kitchen faucet. But do you know what are the benefits when you do so by yourself instead of calling up a plumber?
Well, we will tell you-
It Saves Up A Lot of Bucks
Throughout the whole system, the only investment you may need to make is after a basin wrench. Apart from these some plumber’s putty or a plumber’s tape might cost you some more bucks. And in total, that’s almost nothing comparing to the cost of calling up a plumber.
It’s A Good Exercise
Putting up these many works together is a good exercise whatsoever. It will increase both of your handiwork capability as well as experience to do your works yourself.
Thanks for going through the entire guide on how to install kitchen faucet by you. Hope this comes to be a helpful DIY guide to setup your faucet and save up your money.
Best of luck!