Either you are renovating your kitchen or the faucet of your kitchen is worn out and you need to replace it. This guide will definitely of great use as we will be getting to know how to install/replace kitchen faucet in just 11 steps.
The ways to install a faucet is very easy and can be done easily by a homeowner with simple plumbing skill. But, before starting the installation process, you need to know how your existing faucet work. With the introduction of modular kitchens, these processes have become quite easy and can be done in 10-15 minutes. You don’t have to look for a plumber every time.
Tools you need to install the faucet
- Basin wrench
- New faucet
- Masking tape
- Putty knife
Step -1 Turn Off Water and Remove the sprayer
Shut the water supply to the faucet and turn on so that all the remaining water in the pipe gets out. Use a wrench to hold the stop valve and loosen the supply tube with the help of another wrench. If the spray is attached to your faucet, then disconnect it.
Step – 2 Loosen the nuts
Use the basin wrench to loosen the nuts of the mounting shanks. Different kitchen faucets come with different shanks, it can be centre shank, mounting shank or hosing shank.
Step – 3 Remove Old Faucet
Before taking out the old faucet, check whether everything has been disconnected from beneath or not. Remove the old faucet only after the dual confirmation.
Step – 4 Placing the Gasket
Check before mounting the faucet whether the gasket is unwrinkled or not. If it gets wrinkled during installations, then take it out and place it properly again.
Step – 5 Install the Sprayer
If you have a basin with sprayer, then first install the sprayer support. First, tighten it with hand and then use the wrench to tighten the nuts. Don’t over tighten the nuts.
Step – 6 Connect the pipes
Always try to connect as many pipes as possible before installing the faucet. This will lessen the underneath basin work and the installation time will also decrease.
Step – 7 Place the new faucet
Place the faucet into the place provided and do in so gently that it doesn’t damage the thread. Even if you need to bend the copper, do it very softly without damaging the threads.
Step – 8 Installation of the Mounting Nuts
Mounting nuts require a helper, you can ask someone to hold the faucet straight and then tighten the mounting nuts from beneath the basin using your fingers. Now, check whether the faucet is straight or not, if not, make it straight and then use a basin wrench to tighten the nuts.
Step – 9 Time to install Supply tubes
First, fasten each and every pipe with your hands and then use the basin wrench to tighten it. Use two wrenches or pliers, one for catching up the pipe and one for tightening it. This will protect the tubes from getting bend.
Step – 10 Check the leaks
It is possible that while taking out the faucet something would have bumped out. Fill the sink with water and check for the leaks in the pipes. Remove the stoppers, and watch for any leaks and tighten the leaky joints.