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How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet

Posted February 18th, 2018 by Robin Nichols in

Your faucet is certainly one of the most frequently used kitchen fixtures, and it’s only normal that it will wear down or break after a while. Even if it’s sturdy enough to withstand, most of us consider replacements or upgrades after renovating, for instance, as more and more beautiful models appear each day.

Regardless of the reason why you want to replace your kitchen faucet, we’re here to give you the know-how. Take note of following steps and you’ll be sure to learn how to replace your faucet in mere moments, but before that, let’s talk about what you’ll need.

Tools Required to Replace a Faucet

First of all, you’ll need a replacement faucet if your old one is completely broken down. If you want to repair your old one, you’ll need a tape measure, the plumber’s putty, the basin wrench, and channel-locking set of pliers.

Steps-by-Step Guide

#1 – Turning off the Water is Imperative

It goes without saying that you’ll need to shut off the water valves before you even begin replacing the faucet. Even if you’ve turned to knobs, the water will start leaking at some point, so you should begin by turning off the water valves completely.

If you’re unsure where the water valves are, they’re usually located just underneath the sink. There are certain kitchens that were designed in a way where the water valves are positioned differently, and if there’s definitely no chance of you finding out where they are, consult with your landlord/house engineer.

#2 – Pressure Relief

Simply by opening the faucet will relieve the pressure – some clogged water might be left behind, and the sheer air pressure caused by water shut-down might be dangerous. Your second step is still in the phase of preparation, but it’s equally important as the first one.

#3 – Disconnect the Water Lines

Now that you’ve taken care of the water problem, you’ll need to use the adjustable wrench paired with channel-locking pliers. You’ll use these tools to disconnect the water lines that link them to your faucet.

There’s a chance that your supply lines might be too old and worn out, so you should at least consider getting a replacement – flexible lines should do the trick.

#4 – Removing the Nut

The nut holds the faucet’s tailpiece in place, and before you can remove the contraption you’ll need to loosen it by removing the nut. You should use a simple basin or socket wrench, but any similar tool could do the job (depending on the type of the nut).

#5 – Pulling out the Faucet

Once you’ve disconnected the lines, you should pull out your old faucet and thoroughly clean the area around the sink before installing your new one. Old faucets tend to have piled up and clogged debris, so expect to make a mess. To minimize the cleanup after the process, you can place newspapers on the sink, so as to collect the debris more easily.

#6 – Taking Measurements for Your New Faucet

You might’ve already bought the new faucet, but the question is – will it fit properly? Your safest bet is to measure the proportions of the distance between outside holes beneath the sink, as it will ensure that your new faucet will fit. Most new faucet models come with detailed instructions regarding the installation process, so you should read them thoroughly.

#7 – Install the New Faucet

Basically, installing your new faucet can be done by following these steps backwards (with the exception of “pulling out the faucet” and “taking measurements” steps).

First of all, you should place your new faucet above the holes where your old one used to be. If the measurements are correct, everything should fall right into place without significant trouble.

Secondly, the nut you’ve removed from your previous faucet should be re-attached. You can use the exact same nut you’ve pulled out, but most new faucets come with a simple hardware necessity sets.

Thirdly, you should re-attach the supply lines. After you’ve done that, you should tend to the shut-off valves, returning the water (small tip – it’s a rule that hot water goes on the left while the cold goes on the right).

Lastly, you should check for any leakage – even a single drop of leaked water can mean disaster in the future, so you should pay extra attention and check every nook and cranny.

#8 – Finishing Up

The last step involves checking if you’ve done everything right. Basically, there’s little room for error, as you’ll notice if you’ve fumbled any step – water will start to leak, parts will not fit into place, and so on.

However, there are certain mistakes that could ruin your new faucet if not avoided – checking back on this list after every step will make sure that you do the job properly.

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