The kitchen faucet is one of the often used fixtures in any household. So if it has worn out or is out of style, it is time to replace it and give your kitchen a face-lift. In this article, we discuss how you can install a kitchen faucet without the help of a plumber.
Stop water flow
Before doing anything else, you need to turn off the water supply at the shutoff valves. They are most likely under your kitchen sink.
Open the fixture to relieve the plumbing of pressure.
After that, disconnect the pipes for the cold and hot water from the shut-off valves. You can do this using an adjustable wrench (a small one is preferable). Check on the supply lines and the gaskets to see if they are reusable or need replacement. When replacing the supply plumbing, you may want to use flexible tubing.
Uninstall the old fixture
You need to disconnect the faucet from the supply tubing. You can do that by reaching behind the fixture and use the basin or socket wrench to unscrew the coupling nuts.
After that, you need to unscrew the mounting nuts that are holding the faucet in place and lift it out.
Now that the faucet is out of the way get an adjustable wrench and unscrew the sprayer hose from the faucet assembly.
With the hose taken out, thoroughly clean the sink surface. Is the hose’s protective cap still re-usable? If not, you need to replace it when installing the new fixture.
Installing the new fixture
Measure the distance between the holes in the kitchen sink to ensure that the new faucet fits seamlessly.
If the sprayer hose is still in good condition, you could re-use it otherwise, get a new one. Slip it into the sprayer hole from beneath and then get it through the center fixture hole. Connect the sprayer nipple to the hose using an adjustable wrench.
Make sure that you read all the instructions that come with this new faucet before you start connecting. However, you need to lessen the amount of time you spend under that kitchen sink that is probably in a cabinet. You can do that by ensuring that all the connections you can do from outside get done before crawling beneath that sink to start assembling the new fixture. After that, you can put the already connected lines through the sink hole from beneath. With most of the attachments that are to go at the base of the faucet already connected, all you have to do underneath the sink is to connect the shut-off valves to the inlet plumbing.
Connect the flexible tubing
The cold and hot inlet plumbing on the fixture may have varying lengths depending on the brand type. Therefore, you may have to attach flexible connectors to the faucet to make it suitable for a particular assembling.
Now you can attach these tubes to the fittings on the inlet tubing of the fixture.
You need two wrenches to ensure that every connection gets tightened. One wrench is to make sure that the fixture fitting is in one place while the other is to turn and fasten the female fitting to the flexible tubing. This technique helps in preventing the twisting and damaging of fixture’s copper supply tubes.
Sometimes the size of the hole on you sink does not allow to attach both flexible tubes before fitting the fixture assembly. That means that you have to attach the other tube from beneath the sink after installing the faucet. Here are the best kitchen faucets on faucet mag.
Fitting the kitchen fixture
Put and fix the supply plumbing and the connectors into the center hole. While you do that, ensure that the gasket is in proper position. After that, you may sit the faucet.
Now go underneath the sink and attach the nut and washer to the bolt endings. These are meant to keep the tap in one permanent position. Start by tightening the nut using your hand and then use the basin wrench to tighten it further.
Did you attach the 2nd flexible tube? If that was not possible, connect it now. After that, join the connector male ends to the shut-off valves. Using an adjustable wrench, ensure that all the connections are tight enough. Restore water supply at the shutoff valves and then see if faucet is in proper working condition.