Having a good quality in the kitchen is something that every homemaker won’t compromise with. In order to get it done, we often spend hundreds of bucks after something that we could skip if we want to. Installing a faucet is one of the sectors like that where we spend.
But if you’ve been a DIYer yourself, you actually don’t need to expense after a plumber who’d do it instead. With proper guidance, you can do it the right way.
Talking about the guide, we’ve just published a complete guide on how to replace a kitchen faucet. For making it easy for beginner’s we’ve tried to make the steps as simple and actionable as possible.
Without spending any further words, let’s move forward-
What Does It take to Replace A Kitchen Faucet?
Replacing a kitchen faucet has two major parts- removing the old faucet and installing the new one. Although, we have published two different guides on how to remove an old faucet, and how to install a new one. But in this guide, you can learn them both.
Let’s go through each of these parts separately-
Part 1: Removing A Kitchen Faucet
As we are replacing the old faucet, our first duty is to remove the old one. Go through these steps to get done with it-
Step 1: Turn of the Shut off Valve
With each faucet, there comes a shut off valve. For faucets that can draw both cold and hot water, there are two shut off valve.
Find the shut-off valve and turn that off. Make sure no water flow is going on through the pipes.
Step 2: Check the Water Flow
With the last step, the water flow of the faucet system should be stopped. Check once again whether that had happened or not. Turn on both the hot and cold water pipe to check that.
Step 3: Take off The Shut off Valve
After you’ve made sure that there is no water flow, it’s time to take the shut off valve. For that, you will need to find the direction of turning that will bring it off.
Sometimes, the shut-off valve itself starts rotating as well, which is unexpected. Take help of a wrench to hold it at its place.
Step 4: Take off The Mounting Nuts
Now, this is the most critical part of the whole process. Here you have to unmounts the nuts that are used to tighten the faucet tubes to the piping system of the wall.
Again, it depends on the faucet type that how many nuts you have to remove. But the process of doing that is almost the same.
Another major problem is, these nuts are really hard to reach. Often, they are not reachable by hands. To help you out in this situation, there is a tool called basic wrench. You can have one from the local store.
However, once you get to start rotating these nuts with the basin wrench, rotate them counter clockwise. Often for old faucets, rust and another kind of debris can jam the connection. You should use a few drops of lubricating or penetrating oil in that case.
Step 5: Clean Off The Space
If you can successfully take off the nuts, you may have separated the old faucet body from the wall and sink pipes. Now, there would be some dirt, gunk, and debris on the connecting points that you need to clean off. You can use a coarse paper or scripting scouring pad.
Great, we’re done with removing the old faucet from its place. The place is now refurbished and ready to embed with another new faucet. We’ll move to part 2 of the process for that.
Part 2: Installing A New Faucet
To be frank, installing a new faucet is quite tougher comparing to the hardship of removing one. But worry not; we’ll try to make it as simple for you.
Before beginning with the process of installing a new faucet, you must know one information- how many holes are there in your new faucet. Because that’s the determining factor of whether you can install this faucet in the sink or not.
Step 1: Install The Faucet Line and The Gasket
First of all, begin with installing the faucet line and the gasket. These are two parts of the faucet that ensures stable positioning of the faucet. Usually, the gasket is made of rubber or plastic. And it will be set on the faucet hole right on the sink.
After you’re done with installing the gasket, take the faucet line through the holes. If there are two holes instead of one, take both of them through specific holes.
Step 2: Place the Nuts and Washer
The second installment will go with the nut and washer. Both of these parts will be installed beneath the sink. To be specific, these will be installed under the gasket.
Step 3: Take The Hot and Cold Water Tapes Through
At this step, you have to take the cold and hot water pipe through their holes. In case you have only one hole in the sink, and one pipe with the faucet, then you have to deal with a single hole only.
Step 4: Set the Hose and Connect It
With every faucet, there is a hosepipe. At this stage of the setup, you need to connect the hose with the supply pipe. You will have this hose right with the box.
For placing the hosepipe properly, many of the brands provide a weight to put on the hose. If you have one, place the hose before connecting the other end to the pipe.
Step 5: Make the Water Line Clear
As everything is done placed, give a check whether the water line is okay or not. With each faucet, there comes an aerator which you have to take out at this stage.
After removing the aerator, turn on the water line and check if there is any leak not. If you find any leaks, use a plumber’s putty to seal that.