How to Install a Kitchen Faucet
How to install a kitchen faucet is neither too easy not too difficult. If you know the basic of home plumbing, you can do it yourself. You will also need some essential home tools. If you are planning to install a faucet in a new sink, it is quite easy as compared to installing a faucet in an exiting sink.
Installing a faucet into a new sink is simple because you can do it before setting the sink in place. You get full access to all parts of the faucet. The most difficult part is to get access to the mounting nuts which are quite hard to reach. But with a new sink, it is quite easy.
On the other hand, replacing a faucet in an existing sink can be hard and a challenge.
Getting access to all parts of the faucet gets difficult, especial parts under the sink. You may have to lie on your back and work with the water supply pipes to get access to the mounting nuts to secure the faucet.
A plumbing tool called basin wrench can be of great help in installation of a faucet. It helps you extend your reach to difficult areas of the sink.
How to Install a Kitchen Faucet: Step-By-Step Plumbing Guide
- The first thing to do is to read and follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Some of the new faucets need some assembly you can mount the faucet to the sink. Follow the manufacturer’s directions.
- If the faucets packaging included a rubber gasket, insert it between the base plate of the faucet and the sink top to create a watertight seal. In case there is no gasket, you may have to pack the cavity of the faucet with plumber’s putty. Now you can insert the faucet body through the holes in the sink top. Thread the mounting nuts onto the faucet shafts. Center the threaded shafts in the sink’s holes and tighten the nuts firmly.
- If you are installing pullout sprayer faucet, thread the sprayer through the faucet body first. Then connect the sprayer to the faucet body. Check and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Most pullout sprayer faucets and faucets with separate sprayers come with a counterweight that attaches to the sprayer hose. This helps retract the hose back in to the sink cabinet after using the sprayer. Again follow the manufacturer’s directions to find out where to secure the weight. Take care not to damage the hose during the process.
- Now hook the faucet’s hot and cold water supply lines to the water supply shutoff valves located under the sink. Firmly tighten the nuts with an adjustable wrench.
Once you are done with installation of your new faucet, remove the aerator from the faucet and flush the lines to remove any debris or clog that can reduce the water flow.